Read, Write Count Bags

What is Read, Write, Count?

This week pupils in  P2 and P3 will be bringing home their Read, Write Count gift bags.

What is Read, Write, Count?

Read, Write, Count is a new campaign to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Scotland’s children by providing advice and support for the families of children in Primary 1, 2 and 3. It a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to raise attainment for all and close the attainment gap.

Read, Write, Count aims to build on the success of the PlayTalkRead and Bookbug programmes in the early years and encourage parents and families to include easy and fun reading, writing and counting activities in their everyday lives. For many years, Bookbug has gifted a bag of books to all P1 students throughout Scotland. Now, through the Read, Write, Count campaign, all P1 to P3 children will receive a free bag with books, counting games and writing materials  this week at Dunbar Primary School

Research tells us that parental involvement in children’s learning is one of the best ways to improve educational outcomes for all children. Read, Write, Count is about giving parents the confidence to get involved and provides resources to support learning at home.

The campaign is being delivered by Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Scottish Book Trust.

To find out more about the campaign and see the advice and tips for parents, visit

Read, Write, Count bags

Children in Primary 2 and 3 will receive a Read, Write, Count bag in the autumn of this year. In it are books, fun counting games and materials for writing.

Free bags of books and other learning materials have been given to children from birth to Primary 1 for a number of years with Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug programme. Since 2015, these bags have had extra writing and counting materials from the Read, Write, Count campaign.

The bags are a great way to inspire parents and children to read, write and count together and are a great first step in increasing children’s literacy and numeracy skills. Book Week Scotland is a national celebration of books and reading. During Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust holds around 800 book events all over Scotland with schools, libraries, bookshops and many others. Gifting the bags during Book Week Scotland can draw pupils’ and parents’ attention to this national celebration and encourage them to participate in the week’s events, laying the groundwork for further engagement in reading. In school, Book Week Scotland can provide a platform for lots of activities celebrating books, and there are competitions, games and things to do online, including free online author events




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