The Book of Hopes – December

The NLT teamed up with Bupa Foundation to gift copies of The Book of Hopes (Bloomsbury Publishing) to 5000 primary schools across the country, providing an essential boost of hope to thousands of children during the second national lockdown.  Every Middlesbrough primary school received 3 copies, along with access to resources here https://literacytrust.org.uk/resources/book-hopes-reading-writing/

The Book of Hopes is Bloomsbury’s collection of inspiring short stories, artwork and poems from more than 130 much-loved children’s authors, illustrators and poets. It was launched and curated by author Katherine Rundell in response to the first national lockdown in April. Middlesbrough Schools have been invited to join in with the Scrapbook of Hopes Challenge.

Resources include

  • An assembly plan focusing on building relationships when meeting new people based on The Creature in the Cave by Jenny McLachlan
  • An assembly plan about resilience based on The Hope-o-potamus by Greg James and Chris Smith
  • Reflection activities for coping with loss and change based on The Flyaway Kite by Catherine Doyle
  • Discussion and poetry prompts based on The Store Full of Magical Things by Rutendo Tavengerwei
  • Activities to help children find their voice and build confidence through poetry based on Me by Swapna Haddow
  • Whole-class guided reading and comprehension based on Murkaster by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
  • Picture activities for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 that support comprehension skills.