Act On Literacy

The Orange prize long list has been announced and out of the 20 books there are nine debut novelists on the list.

The prize was created to celebrate “excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing throughout the world”, and is now in its 16th year.  It seems there is no shortage of aspiring writers out there. So why is it  that whilst in a primary school recently I heard the pupils of one Yr 5 class take the news that they would be doing literacy in the afternoon as if the teacher had said all the Xbox’s on the planet had exploded? It’s important that we bring literacy to life for students, and as we all know, particularly with boys one great way of stimulating them is a bit of healthy competition. There are some great competitions for pupils running at the moment that will inspire enthusiasm instead of dread:

The Imperial War Museums Once upon a Wartime competition is open to 11-14 year old students.  Get your students writing book reviews this week and submit them to this competition – open until 25th March.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year competition for 11-17 year olds will be judged by Imtiaz Dharker and Glyn Maxwell and closes on 31st July. Teachers can send in whole class sets of entries.

As part of their ongoing work to support schools, the National Literacy Trust in partnership with the WWE® are running the Voice it! competition. To help develop pupils’ speaking and communication skills they are asking students to submit a film of themselves saying why they feel passionate about a certain topic. The prize is a trip to a WWE® UK event!    

If you would like to bring literacy to life for your pupils and inspire them to do more reading and writing, a great way to do this is to ask us here at Act On Info to come into your school and do a drama workshop or Play in a Day. We have a number of drama workshops for schools based around traditional tales, Shakespeare, myths and legends and much more which can help to improve speaking, listening and communication skills for your KS1 and 2 children as well as inspiring imaginations and enhancing creativity. For more details do get in touch using our quick enquiry form to the right.

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