Spit­tal pupils pub­lish their own book project

Lit­er­ary week project sees them write, il­lus­trate and edit

Rutherglen Reformer - - Road Watch - Edel Ke­nealy

Spit­tal Nurs­ery re­ceived a spe­cial gift - a book which ev­ery child in the school had a hand in cre­at­ing.

Jenny and Joe’s Day at the Beach, was writ­ten, il­lus­trated and edited by young­sters in ev­ery class in a lit­er­acy week project with a dif­fer­ence.

Based on two fic­tional char­ac­ters from the school’s nurs­ery, the book fol­lows them on a se­ries of ad­ven­tures on a day out with their mum.

Each class took re­spon­si­bil­ity for a sec­tion of the story, com­ing up with their own ideas and writ­ing it them­selves, as well as il­lus­trat­ing pic­tures to go along­side it.

Once com­plete, the P7 class edited the story and de­signed the front and back cov­ers.

The book was re­cently gifted to the nurs­ery class, with some of the P7 pupils tak­ing turns to read the story to the younger chil­dren.

Teacher Sarah Thom­son, lead lit­er­acy co­or­di­na­tor at Spit­tal Pri­mary, said she was proud of the chil­dren’s achieve­ment.

“It is lovely to see the story progress as the il­lus­tra­tions progress from P1 right the way through to P6. It’s a jour­ney.

“The chil­dren knew it was a whole school project so they wanted to make sure it was their best piece of work, both in their il­lus­tra­tions and writ­ing.

“They had no more than 50 words per page be­cause it is a nurs­ery book, so the chal­lenge of that it­self got them ex­cited. By be­ing the au­thor they got that ex­pe­ri­ence and chal­lenge.

“The project helped them to think about not only read­ing a book but the process of pro­duc­ing a book as well.”

A proper hard back ver­sion of the book is soon to be cre­ated and stocked in Ruther­glen Li­brary, where the chil­dren will be able to see and bor­row the book they helped cre­ate.

Lit­er­acy Week at the school co­in­cided with the First Min­is­ter’s read­ing at­tain­ment chal­lenge which seeks to boost read­ing and writ­ing stan­dards amongst Scot­land’s pri­mary school chil­dren.

Booked in Spit­tal pupils El­lie David­son, Cameron McKay, Kai­ley Strike and Mikey McNaul show off the hand­i­work of the class

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