Authors Live on Demand
Authors Live is a series of live webcasts, presented in partnership with Scottish Book Trust, featuring world-class author and illustrator events for children and young people.
A free, daily newsletter for parents and guardians at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-life knowledge and skills. Published at 7:00am, Mondays to Fridays, it aims to support academic learning with real-world skills in several ways.
Q-files is an online library of knowledge specially designed for children.
The site is the creation of Orpheus Books Limited, a publishing company based in Oxford, England. Established in 1993, Orpheus is one of the world's leading producers of children's non-fiction and reference books.
The pages in Q-files have been written by specialist children's writers, working alongside the experienced editorial team at Orpheus. Users can therefore be assured of the highest standards of accuracy and reliability. The site is improved, expanded and updated on a daily basis.
Teachers and parents can find out much more about how Q-files can be used to benefit children's education at school or in the home here.
For information on Key Stages 2 and 3, including links to just some of the many pages that children will find particularly useful for their school work, click on the links below:
500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for kids. Over a million stories have been submitted since 2011, in response to everything from technology to climate change. Now, we want to bring children’s voices onto the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. We want children to lead on the process of writing their story.
We want you to use your imagination and draw on your own thoughts and experiences when it comes to Black Lives Matter and some of the changes we are seeing in 2020. Then, write a creative short story in no more than 500 words.
The competition is open to children in two age ranges: 5 to 9 and 10 to 13.
Entries can be accepted on the website from 6:30am on Monday 29th June until Friday 3rd July at 11.59pm 2020.
Young Sportswriter of the Year 2020
A shout out to all sports fans aged 7-12!
Do you dream of becoming a sportswriter, commentator or sports presenter in the future? Then this competition could help you reach your goal!
The Guardian has teamed up with the authors of our bestselling Football School book series for a game-changing writing competition. Become our Young Sportswriter of the Year by writing no more than 600 words on a match report on any sporting event that has taken place, or a piece of feature writing about an individual involved in sport.
British Library asks nation's children to write miniature books in lockdown
Two hundred years ago, the Brontë children stitched together brown paper sugar packets, strips of wallpaper and old writing paper to create postage stamp-sized books for their toy soldiers to read. Today the British Library is calling on the nation’s children to follow in their footsteps and write their own small books, which will form part of an online “National Library of Miniature Books for the toy world”.
The library is asking children to share their homemade miniature books with its Twitter account @BL_Learning using the hashtag #DiscoveringChildrensBooks, or send them by email to email@example.com. It will commission an illustrator to create a virtual bookshelf to display the work
2020 Childnet Film competition
Writing Competition - Life in Lockdown
This is your opportunity to write about your experience. Until midnight on Friday the 17th of July, you can submit a piece of writing about what life has been like in lockdown and during the coronavirus.
This could be a personal experience, a poem, or a creative story. All of you will have had a unique experience that is only yours, and only you can capture in words.
Your entry should be 700 words or under and you should submit in your age category.
Your work will then be read by a published author, who will then pick out the five best entries from your age group. These entries will then be included in a book published by John Catt Educational called ‘Generation Lockdown Writes.’
You can choose to design anything you like to go on the front of the Book Token - maybe your whole class, maybe your favourite book, maybe something about being at home or maybe your favourite Librarian!!
One design will be chosen each week, so start drawing now!
All entries should be produced on A4 paper using this printable template. Complete the entry form found on the link below to see where to email your scanned template. (If you do not have access to a printer and/or scanner, you can take a photo of the artwork and use this editable form instead).
The competition is open from Wednesday 6th May and the closing date for entries is Sunday 28th June 2020.
We'll pick one winner each week until the competition closes (you only need to submit an entry once for it to be considered every week!). The winners will be featured on nationalbooktokens.com and our social media channels, and your designs will be printed onto gift cards for each of your classmates when schools reopen.
Barrington Stoke Homeschooling Help for Lockdown
Advice, information and free resources for parents and carers of children with dyslexia.
Puffin Story Makers Show - World Book Day 2020
Read up, speak up and change the world! This 30 minute show for key stage 2 is filled with booky-fun. Join Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike and World Book Day book ‘The Case of the Drowned Pearl’, for a game of Extreme Reading you can play in your classroom.
Picture book writer Rashmi Sirdeshpande will be sharing stories of extraordinary people, and debut children’s author and activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied will be reading from ‘You Must Be Layla’ and inspiring activists of all ages to tell their stories and make a change. Plus make sure you’ve got pens and paper ready for a ‘Little Leaders’ draw-along with the illustrator Vashti Harrison.
*This was originally recorded for World Book Day in March, but Puffin have extended access to this while schools are closed.*
Katy Parker and the House that Cried by Margaret Mulligan
When Katy is assigned a history project on World War Two, she moans and groans with the rest of her class. Work? During half term? Simply not fair! But when Katy and her brother wake to find them themselves in 1940s England, school projects are pushed far from their minds.
Can Katy change the course of history and prevent the tragic death of a little girl in a terrifying air raid? And can Katy and her brother make it back home
Book Island Challenge
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