A TOP children’s author visited a Glenrothes primary school as part of a week-long project, reports MIKE DELANEY.
Jonathan Meres’ appearance was just one of a host of activities that took place at Pitteuchar East during literacy focus week.
The event also included a question and answer sessions with a ‘Gazette’ journalist, a boof fair, book quizzes, hunts and swaps, library visits and story-telling sessions.
There was also a technological component to the week with a digital literacy showcase featuring animation and sound engineering.
The week culminated with an open morning during which parents and carers could view their children’s work.
Headteacher, Jennifer Knussen, said the week was designed to develop children’s interests in all aspects of literacy, one of the main planks of the new curriculum for excellence which has recently been introduced into schools.
“One of the ways we really like to pull the children together and really give these subjects a high profile is by way of a themed week.
“It was planned by a team of staff, and we have have had all sorts of events.
“It was held last week because it was around world book day, but it is literacy across the curriculum - it’s not just we are going to do everything about books.
“It’s about how literacy can help you across all different aspects of the curriculum.”
“Jonathan Meres does the ‘Life Of Norm’ books which are very popular with older primary children.
“He’s a hugely entertaining speaker - at one point he was a stand-up comedian.
“The children loved him, they were left saying ‘I’m going to write books when I am older’ and even that wee spark can prove to be hugely inspirational.”
Mrs Knussen, who was a pupil at the school and who mother also taught there, took pver as head teacher in April last year year.
She said: “I have been very impressed with the literacy and numeracy standards of children at the school.”
She added that computers and other technological gadgets children use can provide a challenge to traditional reading habits, but said: “It helps aspects of their literacy, skills like scanning, speed reading and looking for specific information, tbut actually immersing yourself in a novel has become more challenging because they have this competition.
“What literacy week is about is to give children the experience of reading for enjoyment, because it may not be something that they would otherwise choose.”
Hopefully, the experience of last week will help the pupils of Pitteuchar East find a happy balance.