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Escape Room Resource

An escape room style resource, created by Padlox Escape Rooms. Pupils must solve book-related puzzles to find the hidden quill. The resource will test their book knowledge, and encourage them to work collaboratively to solve the 10 brain-teasing puzzles.  

Padlox Escape Rooms bring escape rooms to schools, offering a curriculum-focussed half day experience for groups of 30 pupils called 'Escape The Classroom!'

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(Top left) An older student leans over a desk to help a younger student write a sentence on a piece of paper. They are working on a task related to Malala’s Magic Pencil  (Bottom left) A P7 Student reads the picture book Malala’s Magic Pencil to a class of P1 students who are sat on the floor.  (Top right) A smiling P1 student in sunglasses proudly shows her work created with the help of her reading buddy  (Bottom right) A P1 student shows off her work with is a character drawing titled “Angry Alice” – whic
Get inspired: FMRC for primary and beyond

Graham Fairweather (@FairweatherDr on Twitter) is Senior School Librarian at The High School of Glasgow, and previously worked in both Annbank Primary School and Prestwick Academy where he launched the Read Woke South Ayrshire campaign and was Highly Commended in the First Minister's Reading Challenge 2021 and winner of the First Minister's Reading Inspiration Award 2022.

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Top left: cartoon characters welcome you to Ayr Academy transition day 2022 Top right: poster showing the plan as "meet the author, read the book, complete the activities" Bottom left: a live chat with Patrice Lawrence Bottom right: poster showing next steps as "read, discuss, review"
Get inspired: FMRC for transition

Haley Milne (@PWKAcademyLib on Twitter) is a school librarian across Prestwick, Carrick and Ayr Academy, South Ayrshire, and winner of the First Minister’s Reading Inspiration Award 2022. She shares her experience in working with transition year-groups, building relationships between cluster primary schools, and the impactful success of author events with Elle McNicoll and Patrice Lawrence. 

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My Life as a Reader

Talking about your experience as a reader is a great way to role model reading to the children you work with. Use this editable PowerPoint to talk about your reading habits, preferences and memories. You can also send it to other staff, any class or group visitors, or use it to structure a presentation from the children you work with!

Find out more about our My Life as a Reader series on the Scottish Book Trust website.

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Case studies and inspiration

Our blog is full of ideas about building a reading culture and encouraging young people to read for pleasure, with case studies from participants, book suggestions and more!

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Supporting childrens' wellbeing in the classroom through books
6 April 2023

Katie O’Donoghue is a child and young people’s therapist with a background in Fine Art and Design. She has a Master's degree in Art Psychotherapy and is in the end stages of a Health Psychology PhD.

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'Books are brilliant. . . Reading rocks!': an FMRC-funded workshop at Golfhill Primary
27 February 2023

Their reading journey 

Golfhill Primary are back for a new year of the First Minister's Reading Challenge, and their current P5 and P7 classes have taken over a leadership role to celebrate reading journeys across the school – creating certificates to award fellow pupils when the

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