What’s happening in November 2020.

6 November, 2020

A round-up of some of the deadlines and key events for the month of November to help you access all the literacy resources that are on offer.

World Book Day registration

If you are a state or independent secondary school, day nursery or playgroup you must register before 17:00 on Friday 20th November to receive your World Book Day Tokens, even if you have already registered in previous years. All other schools receive tokens automatically but should still register to confirm the number of tokens required. After the deadline, charges apply to obtain tokens and resource packs.

Upcoming CPD courses

Choose from one of the upcoming CPD courses for November.

  • Teaching Reading at KS1 CPD covers comprehension and inference making, fluency, vocabulary and the application of phonics in a literature-rich curriculum, providing research-based teaching approaches and strategies that will ensure that pupils are actively engaged in their learning.  Suitable for KS1 class teachers and literacy leads, this online course is delivered over eight live webinars and runs from 10th November to 11th May.

Start date: 10th November. Cost: £200 plus VAT per person (discounts available for multiple teachers from one school).

  •  Centre for Literacy in Primary Education is running a programme of online webinars through November and December, covering different aspects of the primary literacy curriculum. All webinars are delivered via Zoom.

Cost: From £20.

Ideas for the November classroom

A selection of ideas and resources to tie in with events in the wider world.

  • The Royal British Legion has developed a suite of Remembrance Day Resources for KS1- KS4 students. Approved by the National Literacy Trust and linked to the National Curriculum, the resources are free and include themed creative writing resources, cross-curricular lesson plans and presentations.
  • Run a shadowing scheme for the Blue Peter Book Awards. The Blue Peter Book Awards for Best Story and Best Book with Facts have announced their 2021 shortlists. Although it is too late to register to be an official school judging panel, why not run your own shadowing scheme and see if your students agree with the final verdict when it is announced on Thursday 4th March 2021?
  •  Turn your classroom into a newsroom for Non-Fiction November with the free lesson plans and online resources at NewsWise, a cross-curricular news literacy project designed to help pupils in Years 5 and 6 develop the skills to access, understand, analyse and participate in the news. You can also join the waiting list for their next round of free news literacy webinars. For more ideas on how to celebrate Non-Fiction November, see our Top 10 resources for Non-Fiction November blog.

Don’t forget

You can find lots more resources to help you meet the demands of the literacy curriculum on the Literacy Hive website. Start your search here.

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