Kirrie leads the way for children’s reading

Pictured at the launch last week are, from left, Phil Brown, facilities Officer, ANGUSalive; Sylvia Main, Children and Families Development Officer and Jonathan Brown, depute head teacher of Northmuir Primary School.
Pictured at the launch last week are, from left, Phil Brown, facilities Officer, ANGUSalive; Sylvia Main, Children and Families Development Officer and Jonathan Brown, depute head teacher of Northmuir Primary School.

Kirriemuir has been chosen for a pilot scheme to encourage a greater uptake in reading at an early age.

The pilot has £2000 of new reading stock aimed at getting children into reading at a younger age; this, along with a host of online resources, have been tied together to create a comprehensive learning aid.

This will give parents greater support in encouraging their children to read and is being led by ANGUSalive and the library teams in Kirriemuir.

It was launched as part of Scottish Book Week and has been assisted by funding from the Scottish Library and Information Council to help all primary schools in the Kirriemuir cluster.

Reading aids have been made available on YouTube, videos that help pupils access the resources on offer, videos by teachers on early reading and links to other useful sites. Pupils’ research skills will also benefit; there is a video on how to use the Encyclopedia Britannica for class projects and homework.

Jonathan Brown, depute head teacher of Northmuir, said: “I think it’s an exciting opportunity, it’s an excellent example of services working together to get the most out of the resources we already have. These are just fantastic resources for families and children.”

Mr Brown also highlighted the usefulness of audiobooks which can be downloaded for free from the library.

He said: “It’s an easy way to put reading in the life of your family; you can talk about the characters, discuss what you liked about the stories and explore other books by these authors. It’s an exciting thing for families and a great way to start encouraging more interest in digital and print books and a great way to use resources that we already have.”