Tag Archives: Reflective Reading

The Story Kitchen

  Fresh *Spaghetti* served here! The Story Kitchen is totally new writing programme for primary schools in Scotland. Designed to improve writing motivation, skill and attainment, the programme contains a strong direct teaching and deliberate practice element, with a focus on how to write, craft and expand sentences and texts. The course explores a research […]

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World Book Day Reflective Reading Lesson Download!

As most of you will be busy planning exciting reading activities, extreme reading photo competitions, and dazzling fiction-related fancy dress costumes for World Book Day tomorrow, I thought I’d share a reading lesson to help alleviate the workload… This Reflective Reading lesson is all about World Book Day and analyses facts and opinions, ultimately asking […]

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*NEW* Mog’s Christmas Calamity Task Map

Well, the Christmas spirit is strong today – because here is another super festive-themed Task Map for you to download! Today we have Barry Donaldson from Aberdeen City to thank for creating this cute and Christmassy activity-fest! The text is another advert – Mog's Christmas Calamity – inspired by Judith Kerr's book of the same name. […]

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*NEW* Man on the Moon Task Maps

With the holidays fast approaching, we can now finally mention the 'C' word… Christmas! And to help you out at this frantic time of year, here are not one – but two – count 'em – two! – Task Maps for the new John Lewis advert – Man in the Moon. We have to thank […]

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*NEW* St. Andrew’s Day Task Map and Text

What are you doing in class to celebrate St. Andrew's Day? Well, here is another *new* Task Map along with a text to help you help your class to find out more about the patron saint of Scotland! Today's Task Map lesson and text were added to The Teaching Trunk by Mr Grant from Aberdeenshire […]

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3-18 Literacy and English Review: THE BIT THEY MISSED OUT

I have just finished reading the lengthy and repetitive report from Education Scotland: 3-18 Literacy and English Review. It’s a cross between an extended inspection report and a reminder of the content of the Experiences and Outcomes; as such it’s difficult to get to the ‘meat’ of the document. The very first thing that struck […]

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Why Everyone Needs an Assessment Giraffe

What does a giraffe have to do with assessment? Well, Jeffrey the giraffe, as well as being extremely intelligent, handsome, and good at telling jokes, actually performs a very important function in the classroom: he encourages formative assessment – reminding children to reflect on their reading and learning, and reminding teachers to do a plenary and […]

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Phonics Forever

It is a surprising, and deeply shocking, fact that the majority of teachers, working in primary or secondary schools in Scotland today, have had no formal input or training on ‘how to teach children to read’, either as part of their degree, post-graduate teaching qualification or career-long professional learning. Phonics Forever explores the most effective […]

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Haggis, Neeps, Tatties and a Task Map!

Well, it's approaching that time of year again which, being from Ayrshire, I used to love in school – Burns Night! No doubt preparations are already underway for Burns Suppers including learning some super Scots verses by the man himself. If he was alive today, Robert Burns would be 256 years old on 25th January […]

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