Last year, I created a Literacy Calendar – something I’d wanted to sink my teeth into for a long time. I’ve always felt it would be one of those things that’s incredibly useful to have and to share with staff, yet something we rarely have time to research or create! It proved so popular amongst the EduTwitter community last year that I’ve decided to share it once again. I hope it will inspire meaningful, purposeful, enjoyable writing and reading in your schools.
This year, I have improved the calendar to include a mixture of writing and reading competitions, events, days, weeks and festivals. Each event has a date (as accurate as it could be at the time of making!), blurb about the event, weblink and twitter handle or hashtag. Once again, I’ve also included some key children’s book award dates, as it’s always good to keep an eye out for new and exciting quality texts to use within the classroom. Lastly, I’ve introduced a couple of poetry shadowing schemes for schools (new this year!) as these are excellent opportunities to engage children with poetry!
I hope that these easily digestible diary dates will enable you and your school to promote literacy and engage children in a plethora of exciting reading and writing for pleasure activities. I do not expect everyone to participate in everything, but rather teachers can pick and choose what would suit their class, school or curriculum topic throughout the year.
I have decided to share the Literacy Calendar with everyone – for FREE! All I ask is that you simply share a link to this blog in return. Thank you and enjoy!
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Top Tip! Use it with your Literacy team, at an INSET or even a whole staff meeting at the start of the school year, so that everyone can be involved in promoting pupils’ love for reading and writing across the whole school.
Can you think of something I may have missed? Please let me know in the comments below…