Since the First Minister’s Reading Challenge was first launched in 2016, we have created a huge range of resources which have been used by hundreds of primary schools across Scotland. With our new website, you can now filter our resources to find exactly what you are looking for, whether that be an activity to use with children aged 8-11, or a PowerPoint to introduce staff to what the Reading Challenge is all about.
While our most popular resources, including 100 Places to Start your Reading Journey and our Book Personality Quiz are still available, we are also always working on new resources to help you rejuvenate your reading culture! Here are a few highlights to check out:
- We have created an evaluation toolkit aligned with How Good is Our School? (4th edition). This toolkit has been tested by schools and should help you identify how your activities through the Reading Challenge fit with your School Improvement Plan and how you can take further advantage of our case studies and resources to help fulfil you school priorities.
- Your Reading Journey through Film is a resource created in partnership with Into Film which can help your pupils respond to their reading in new and exciting ways. The activities in the resource will enable them to learn new film-making skills as well as create a video they can submit as an entry to showcase their reading journey.
- Read Your Way Around the National Museum of Scotland and Build a Story at the Museum are our two resources created in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland. Whether you are going on a trip to the National Museum, or a museum or gallery local to you, these resources are a great tool to take reading and writing out of the classroom.
- Once your reading culture is starting to grow within your school, you might want to look into how you can strengthen it through partnerships. Our Creating Partnerships resource has some great examples to inspire you.
- Having school staff as reading role models is key to creating a strong reading culture, and our Currently Reading Door Signs are the perfect way to start those all-important conversations around books and show that everyone in your school is a reader.
- Announce your Reader of the Week and make them feel special using our Classroom Board and Certificate.
- Book Club Membership Cards are perfect if you are starting a book club as part of the Reading Challenge, or want to make your existing club Reading Challenge official!
All of these resources and many more are available to download for free once your school has registered to take part in the Reading Challenge for this school year – if you’re not registered yet, you can do so here: https://www.readingchallenge.scot/register
Let us know how you are using our resources on Twitter @FMReadChallenge. If you have an idea for a resource that would be useful to you that we haven’t created yet, we would love to hear about it – you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org