Category Archives: Literacy News

Lennox Author Award

Lennox Award ceremony

We were delighted to host the 2015 Lennox Author Award  last week. On the 13th of May children from Cockenzie, West Barns, Saltoun, Dunbar, Law and Sanderson’s Wynd primary schools came together to share their ideas about books they had read by this year’s authors. We enjoyed drama, book reviews, a Powerpoint, animations and a Scratch animated quiz all put together by some very talented young people. There was a Question and Answer session with the authors organised by pupils from Law Primary.

Authors Paul Dowswell and Marcia Williams attended the event and were impressed by the children’s presentations. Voting to decide the winner of the Lennox Award was very close this year and every vote counted. We were pleased to find out that Marcia Williams won the well-deserved award for 2015, but to us all of the authors are winners as we have enjoyed fantastic books from them all!

The book review competition was also very close and we were pleased to find out that Euan Thornton had won! As his prize he will choose an author to visit the school! Congratulaltions to Euan and well done to everyone who submitted a book review this year. You can see them all here. (Scroll up the page to read them all.)

Holiday Reading

Teachers met today at school to discuss (among other things) BOOKS! We shared some of our favourites which are listed below. If you are looking for something to read over the holidays, why not stop by the library and borrow one of these?


All of these books are on Accelerated Reader. You can check their levels here on AR Bookfinder UK.

Millionaires’ Club

Today we held our very  first Purple Tea Party to celebrate the hard work and exceptional effort of our Accelerated Reader Millionaires.

Millionaires cropped

We currently have 9 members of the Millionaires’ Club:

Kwally Nugent and Kate Johnstone  from Primary 7

Jack Fairbairn and Jonah Greig  from Primary 6

Euan Thornton, Aaron Shearer and Benjamin Taylor from Primary 5

Finlay Giles and Zoe Watson from Primary 4

Euan, Finlay and Jonah are actually Double Millionaires!

Millionaires Tea Party

This afternoon our millionaire readers were treated to a lovely spread of pizza, purple grapes, blueberries, Millionaire shortbread, and fairy cakes to celebrate their very special achievement! They will be receiving our new SWPS Millionaire badges very soon.

Who will be our next millionaire? Could it be you?


Tranent Primary Schools Book Review Competition

To mark Book Week Scotland all pupils in St. Martin’s, Windygoul and Sanderson’s Wynd primaries  are invited to submit a book review on any book that they have read and would recommend to others. The review can take any format and is a good opportunity to get creative! Sanderson’s Wynd pupils should submit their entries to Mrs Pearce no later than Monday, December 1st. Winners will be announced by the 8th of December. There are 3 book tokens to be won for the best reviews in P1-2, P3-5 and P6-7, so get writing!

Earth, Wind and Fire: the Book YOU Write

Some of our pupils have been reading Earth, Wind and Fire, a book that is being published monthly chapter by chapter on this website:

The Book You Write

A project of the Ross Rocks Reading initiative, it is such an exciting story and we love contributing our ideas for the author to use in the next chapter! You can find it here: .

We can’t wait to find out what happens in Chapter 3!

Dan Smith’s Visit to Sanderson’s Wynd

Today, author Dan Smith visited Sanderson’s Wynd to talk to our Primary 6 and 7 pupils as well as P6 and 7 pupils from Elphinstone and Ormiston.  This was all part of the Ross Rocks Reading initiative. He also signed some of his books and talked about his work and his passion for literature.  P7 pupils in Miss Carmichael’s class are going to post a blog about today’s visit.  In the meantime, here are some photos of the event.


Ross Rocks Reading Author Visit

Dan SmithWe are gearing up for author, Dan Smith’s visit to Sanderson’s Wynd Primary on Wednesday 24th September.  He will be talking to our P6 and P7 pupils and pupils from Pencaitland, Elphinstone and Ormiston have been invited too.  School is currently taking pre-orders for his latest book – My Brother’s Secret for £6 and Dan will be signing his books on the day.

We will post more pictures and information of the event soon after.  For more information click the link below:


Accelerated Reader: 10,030,966words! We have achieved our first goal!

Update from Monday, 6.10.2014

This afternoon we reached our goal of 10 million words! We have currently read 10, 030, 966 words and  1, 036 books!

Update from Thursday, 25.9.2014

We have read 7,239,387 words and 769 books!

We need less than 3 million words to reach our goal by October 10th.

Update from Tuesday, 23.9.2014

We have read 5,860,221 words  and 692 books!

Update from Friday, 19.9.2014

4,884,081 words read

583 books read

Update from Tuesday, 16.9.2014:

3, 891, 644 words read

455 books read

Pupils in Primary 4 to Primary 7 have begun using the Accelerated Reader programme to encourage the practice of reading daily. An informational leaflet will be sent home this week to help explain the programme and answer any questions you may have about it.

It is possible through the use of A.R. to keep track of the number of books we read as a school and even the number of words we read! We have found that children enjoy knowing how many books and words they are reading.

We have set pupils a challenge to read 10 million words in P4-7 before the October break. During the first three full weeks of this session, pupils have read an amazing total of 3,136,210 words! That is a total 408 books.

Will they manage 7 million more before the October break? Check back here to find out.


Ross Rocks Reading Launch

Last Tuesday Primary 4P was delighted to represent Sanderson’s Wynd at the primary launch of Ross Rocks Reading. The event, which took place at Ross High, was filmed and streamed live into classrooms across East Lothian. There were presentations on a range of favourite books from Eion Colfer’s The Legend of Spud Murphy to Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

SWPS at Ross Rocks Reading

Primary 4P gave  a presentation about The BFG, by Roald Dahl, which is being read by all of Primary 4 just now. They presented an acrostic poem, showed a book trailer and read a book review, written by Ben and Fergus.

Sanderson’s Wynd will be hosting a whole school Ross Rocks Reading launch very soon. We will be looking for parents, carers and other community members who would like to share their love of reading with us so check back here for details on how to get involved or email Mrs Pearce at if you would like to help out.

You can find out more about Ross Rocks Reading here on the blog or on Facebook at the Ross Rocks Reading community page or follow onTwitter @rossrocksread .