Lit­tle learn­ers are first class

Pupils im­press with lit­er­acy and en­gi­neer­ing awards

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ken­neth Speirs Erin Con­nell shows off the award

Chil­dren from a Pais­ley school came into class at night wear­ing their py­ja­mas to be treated to a bed­time story.

The event at Tod­holm Pri­mary School was part of the drive by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to raise at­tain­ment in lit­er­acy.

And that saw pri­mary one pupils go home in the af­ter­noon, and then come back at 6pm, dressed in their nightwear.

“Some of the mums and dads ar­rived in their py­ja­mas too,” said head­mistress Lynne McGinn.

“It was all about in­volv­ing pupils and fam­i­lies and get­ting the chil­dren into a good read­ing rou­tine be­fore go­ing to bed.”

The bed­time story event was just one of many that Tod­holm in­tro­duced to help get chil­dren used to read­ing and make it a life­long pas­sion for them.

And that in­cluded li­brary vis­its, as well as get­ting in­volved with Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil’s mo­bile li­brary for young­sters, the Skoob­mo­bile.

“Li­brary mem­ber­ship rose from 36 per cent to 96 per cent,” said Mrs McGinn.

“And that’s from a roll of 480 in the school and nurs­ery.”

Tod­holm Pri­mary was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to mark its achieve­ment in rais­ing lit­er­acy at­tain­ment.

The First Min­is­ter launched the Scot­tish At­tain­ment Chal­lenge in Fe­bru­ary 2015 in a bid to high­light the is­sue.

It is un­der­pinned by the Nat i o na l I m p rove­ment Frame­work, Cur­ricu­lum for Ex­cel­lence and Get­ting it Right for Ev­ery Child.

The school also notched up a no­table achieve­ment in the world of en­gi­neer­ing.

It won the ‘I’m An En­gi­neer, I Can Help Here’ prize at a Young En­gi­neers and Sci­ence Club Scot­land event held at Glas­gow Sci­ence Cen­tre.

Young­sters at the school demon­strated how they would tackle flood­ing by use of a spe­cially-de­signed bridge and the re­sults from soil sam­ples.

The school was pre­sented with a won­der­ful tro­phy to mark its achieve­ment.

“We were all thrilled,” Mrs McGinn said.

Su­per achieve­ment Matthew McLen­nan, 11, Blair Gor­don, 11 , Matthew Grant, 10, Lily Docherty, 10 and Erin Con­nell, 10, with their tro­phy and cer­tifi­cate Book­worms Teacher Claire Hall and head­teacher Lynne McGinn with pupils Matthew Grant, 10, and Ally Glen, eight


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