The Reading Bus stops by Dales Park School

Pupils and their puppets sing along to If You're Happy and You Know It
Pupils and their puppets sing along to If You're Happy and You Know It

Pupils at Dales Park School were delighted to receive a visit from The Reading Bus on Tuesday, February 25.

The Reading Bus is an Aberdeen City Council resource which can be hired by Shire schools.

Pupils enjoyed working with the puppets

Pupils enjoyed working with the puppets

It aims to promote and raise attainment in literacy with workshops combining literacy with all other curricular areas and offers teachers many opportunities to build on and progress educational activities in the classroom.

While on the bus, pupils experimented and took part in storytelling, poems and singing with popular Doric and Scottish novelist, illustrator, storyteller and singer, Sheena Blackhall.

Many of the pupils had previously read Sheena’s poems including Mr Ted, Dentist and Hamilton the Hamster.

Each pupil and their teachers were given a puppet to “welcome into their bosie” and they had to give it a name and special power.

The pupils enjoyed this interactive task and the group ended up with an invisible parrot and a chocolate egg-laying duck!

After the visit, pupils received a copy of Scots books “Millie” by Sheena Blackhall and “Fit Like, Yer Majesty”, A Book of Doric Poems compiled by the Reading Bus.

Sheena said: “The pupils were very lively, interested and enthusiastic and it is good to see them enjoy Doric - they were just rare!”

The Reading Bus visit tied in with World Book Day which Dales Park School will mark with a week of activites including a book treasure hunt, crafts, writing and making their own books, book reviews, holding a book fair, online interviews and dressing up as their favourite characters from a book.