To celebrate World Book Day, National Book Tokens are running a competition to win tokens for students and their school.
One lucky winner’s design will be made into a real life National Book Tokens gift card and distributed across bookshops nationwide in time for Christmas! And there are National Book Tokens galore to be won too – just imagine all those beautiful new books for your school’s bookshelves...
To take part, the students simply have to design a brand new National Book Tokens gift card. A panel of judges will select a winner and runner-up in each of three age categories: up to 8 years, 9-12 years and 13-16 years.
FIRST PRIZE in each age range wins:
· £250 National Book Tokens for the school
· £100 National Book Tokens for the pupil
SECOND PRIZE in each age range wins:
· £150 National Book Tokens for the school
· £50 National Book Tokens for the pupil
All entries should be produced on A4 paper using the template link button below. Please ensure you provide the child’s name and age, and your contact details, on the second page of the form.
Entries should be sent to:
World Book Day Design a National Book Token Competition, Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR
If you’re unable to post your entry, complete the online entry form for the relevant age category: up to 8 years, 9-12 years, or 13-16 years. The closing date is Friday 2nd April 2021. Visit; https://www.worldbookday.com/competitions/design-a-national-book-token-2021/for the template and for more details.
It’s so simple that why hasn’t it been thought of before? A new campaign is gaining momentum just in time for World Book day this week: www.turnonthesubtitles.org
In a nutshell it’s this – turning on the subtitles while watching a programme can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading.
Stephen Fry presents an informative video on the benefits here; https://youtu.be/I-zISnJ-oao
So the next time your child is watching TV or the tablet, there could actually be an opportunity to improve their reading skills at the same time! In fact, research has shown that it can double the chance of your child leaving school as a proficient reader. You can turn them on for the whole family or most streaming services will now allow you to do it just for individual children if you like.
Free online Microsoft workshops for kids.
Microsoft are running free online workshops for children via their website on a number of subjects; you need to go to the Microsoft store, search for workshops, training and events, scroll down to the Students tab then register for whichever workshop you’d like to attend. Subjects include Space Jam – A new legacy, digital photography and a Minecraft coding workshop. There are sessions such as ‘Girls in Business 100: a youth influencer chat with Mikuila Ulmer’ and for older students there are workshops on building a CV and how to conduct yourself in an interview.
Well Ahead is an online platform from the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Bupa Foundation to help young people look after their mental wellbeing, especially in these extraordinary times. Take a look at their tips and activities to support students in expressing their emotions and processing the events of the world outside while they study at home.
The Write Space
The Write Space is full of creative writing activities that will have a positive impact on mindset. They’ll be sharing videos from three authors to help students use writing as a way to improve their wellbeing. The authors will discuss their own experiences with using writing for wellbeing and set fun tasks to help students come to terms with how they are feeling.
Workshop one - Jasmine Cooray. To kick off the six-week series, poet, arts facilitator and psychotherapist Jasmine Cooray shares videos exploring freewriting and an exercise on tuning into the present moment. Keep an eye on the Well Ahead homepage for new The Write Space activities every week: https://wordsforlife.org.uk/zone-in/well-ahead/
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