Open to all schools and pupils living in East Lothian and Midlothian
How many of your students will enter this competition which encourages young people to write creatively?
Let your imagination run wild – entries will be accepted on any topic
Two categories of entry
There are two sets of prizes – one for East Lothian and one for Midlothian consisting of:
All the winners will receive a £10 book token plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.
Overall Young Writer of the Year winner P4- P7 will receive an iPod Shuffle plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.
Overall Young Writer of the Year winner S1- S4 will receive an iPod Shuffle plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.
Winners of the competition will have prizes presented at Tranent Library on Monday 23 September at 4.30pm
Closing date for entries
Friday 14 June 2013
- Fits with Curriculum for Excellence
- Good evidence for HMIe inspections
- Encourages creativity
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Whose Town? is an innovative resource for teaching social studies. A fun and interactive digital resource which brings Edinburgh’s history to life, it has been made available to all Glow users. It can be found in the Whose Town? Glow Group and accessed from the Glow National Site notice board. The resource is built on the City of Edinburgh’s heritage collections and is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence second, third and fourth levels.
Whose Town? looks at Edinburgh’s and Scotland’s past from 1850s to the 1950s through the eyes of people who lived there. There are 14 real lives to discover – people who lived in Victorian times, at the beginning of the twentieth century, during the Second World War and in the Fifties. Archival material is collected in a digital box and hidden in an attic for pupils to uncover and examine. Each life is captured at a particular point in history, creating a snapshot of their life: a Life in a Box.
Whose Town? features two lives with direct connections to East Lothian. Florence grew up in an affluent Victorian household and enjoyed holidays at the West Pans seaside with her family. Luca Scappaticcio arrived in Scotland from Italy at the turn of the twentieth century and settled in Musselburgh where he established what is now S. Luca’s of Musselburgh.
There are over 450 unique and original documents in digital format for topic and skills based work. Maps, newspaper articles, photographs, objects, documents, video and audio clips and even the bits and bobs that everyone collects are all used to bring the histories of the fourteen real lives to life. Whose Town? also contains a wealth of support materials for teachers from lesson plans to ideas on how to use archival materials in the classroom.
For more information or to request a free Whose Town? CD contact the Digital Information Team at Central Library in Edinburgh on 0131 242 8047. You’ll also find a wide range of supporting mat
To assist you and your students with inquiry-based learning, the school librarians in East Lothian introduce you to the MacWrite Clan. Together they form a research toolkit for students. You can use the whole kit with whole classes or individuals, or use single tools with whole classes or individuals – which ever suits your needs and the learners’ needs best.
There are 2 versions of the MacWrites. One is designed for secondary students, the other for primary students and those secondary students who need additional support.
Each version comes with additional materials to encourage students to become effective researchers. Usually this will be additional copyable resources. Some of these are materials created and used by the school librarians, some are from a pack produced by Aberdeenshire Libraries. You are free to copy and adapt these to suit your requirements. Please acknowledge either East Lothian or Aberdeenshire as the source when you do so. The MacWrites and the Aberdeenshire material are licenced under Creative Commons.
The Primary MacWrites
The Secondary MacWrites
If you want to discuss any of the content please contact any of the six secondary school librarians:
Sally Cochrane, Preston Lodge High; Ian Forshaw, North Berwick High; Anne Johnston, Dunbar Grammar; Moyra Lumsden, Ross High; Bill Plain, Knox Academy; Alison Scott, Musselburgh Grammar.
SLAINTE (Information & Libraries Scotland)
SLAINTE reports that the Scottish Government Household Annual Survey for 2009/10 has confirmed that reading for pleasure was by far the most common cultural activity in 2009/2010 with 62% of adults saying that they had read for pleasure during that time. This is in line with previous years. The next most popular activity was dancing (18%), followed by crafts and playing and writing music (both 11%).