Haunt: Dead Scared by Curtis Jobling Blog Tour 2014

Congratulations you lucky readers! You have this opportunity to read the opening chapters of Haunt: Dead Scared, the new book written by Curtis Jobling before you buy or borrow a copy.

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Introduction to the Lego StoryStarter Set

I was fortunate enough to win a Lego StoryStarter Set from Lego Education and it arrived yesterday.

Below is a photo by photo of the unboxing

lego11 The brilliant box
lego12The curriculum pack preview documents. You can read more about the curriculum pack here
lego14Storage compartment
lego15Pictures and quantities of every Lego piece included
lego17The spinner bases and stickers for the storage compartments
lego16Bagged up Lego pieces in another storage compartment
lego18All the Lego pieces spread out
Introducing LEGO Education StoryStarter

I had thought about making a video but there is already an official introductory video

Storystarter is designed for Key Stages 1 and 2, targeting the English curriculum. It develops skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as soft skills such as collaboration and communication – all while having fun!

LEGO Education StoryStarter – Instant Success Introduction

You can watch more videos here

Countdown to 5th June Giveaway

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The Bloody Mary Dare… Will James Dawson be Alive tomorrow?

Bloody Mary… Bloody Mary… Bloody Mary… Bloody Mary… Bloody Mary!

What Can I Say to Myself?

I came across a link to a brilliant motivational poster for the library & classroom on twitter today:

I created an A3 downloadable .pdf poster based on the original, click on the image to download a copy:


Request a FREE Lego StoryStarter sample kit for your school!

The sample kit is a great way of finding out a bit more about StoryStarter, the new literacy resource for Key Stages 1 & 2, because it contains a selection of bricks, special elements and Minifigures that you’ll find in the full set as well as three small base plates on which to build your story.


Once you have your sample kit, use it to build a story of your choice, then video yourself or your pupils telling the story for your chance to win a class pack of StoryStarter worth £649.99*. Simply upload your video to YouTube then visit LEGOeducation.co.uk/StoryStarter to enter the competition. PLUS, the winning stories will all be made into a book and one overall winner will have their story made into a LEGO® animation!

You can find the request form here

The Impact of School Libraries on Learning

A considerable body of international evidence shows that school libraries impact on:

  • Higher test or exam scores equating to academic attainment: this includes academic attainment in the form of higher standardised test scores in reading, language arts, history and maths, and better grades in curriculum assignments or exams;

  • Successful curriculum or learning outcomes, including information literacy: this includes higher quality project work, the development and practice of information literacy, increased knowledge and reading development;

  • Positive attitudes towards learning: including increased motivation, improved attitude towards learning tasks, self-esteem, and wider reading for pleasure.