It’s that time of year again!
As you all know by now, I love to plan ahead and each year I update what I call my ‘Literacy Calendar’ to include key dates, competitions, book awards, events, days and weeks that help to inform my school planning for the year ahead.
This is my third year of producing the calendar and it is always one of my most downloaded resources on the blog. I know that many of you use the Literacy Calendar to help you plan in opportunities to celebrate reading and writing across your schools and this is why it gives me so much joy to share this resource!
I started the Literacy Calendar a few years ago because I always found out about events, competitions and special days a little too late and we were always rushing to cobble something together at the eleventh hour…
I wanted to be proactive and start strategically planning events throughout the year. The calendar is one of those things that’s incredibly useful to have, yet something we rarely have time to research or create. It has proved so popular amongst the wider teaching community that I’ve have been creating and sharing the calendar annually ever since. I do hope it will inspire meaningful, purposeful, enjoyable writing and reading in your schools too.
This year, the calendar includes a mixture of writing and reading competitions, events, days, weeks, festivals and shadowing schemes suitable for primary pupils. 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.
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 experiences. 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! This year, I have included a PDF and a word document so that you may tweak it to suit your own settings. All I ask is that you please give credit when shared.
I wish all of you wonderful teachers and educators the relaxing Summer break you deserve! We’ve earned it!
Miss P x