Teaching Content is Teaching Reading

When teaching reading comprehension, how are you developing new knowledge and consolidating prior learning?

This video shares the importance of decoding and the use of reading strategies, highlighting the of the use of context, underlying knowledge, understanding of the text and connections that a learner makes to a text,  the connections a learner makes from one text to another text and the connections  a learners makes between a text to world events.

Check out our previous blog post on the Super Six Reading Strategies for information on developing comprehension strategies.

This clip also suggests that for learners to have solid comprehension skills, we need to prioritise developing a varied knowledge base alongside reading strategies so learners can apply their knowledge and understanding to summarise, infer and hypothesize.

When literacy features within interdisciplinary learning (IDL) contexts, how are you planning for knowledge development and practising/ consolidating reading skills?

Check out our previous Highland Skills for Learning, Life and Work blog post for information on supporting skills development across learning.

Secondary Schools: Book Week Scotland Funding

Book Week Scotland takes place between Monday 27th November and Sunday 3rd December 2017.

The Scottish Book Trust are offering funding to support joint intedisciplinary learning between secondary schools and libraries to support Book Week Scotland.

The theme for Book Week Scotland 2017 is Nourish. Although not all events or activities need to be informed by the theme, we will be looking to build a range of events, related to books, reading and writing, under the following four programme strands:

  • Justice and Sustainability – equality of access to food and equality of access to culture, how our food and our culture is produced/made
  • Breaking Bread – Sharing culture, identities and traditions, international, travel, communities, faith and food, making connections using food and story
  • Nourishing Ourselves – health and wellbeing, how we nourish our whole beings, books as sources of mental, spiritual and emotional nourishment, different types of reading for different appetites
  • Feast – celebration, a cornucopia, something for everyone to try, fun, playful.

Applications are open from secondary schools and libraries until Friday 2nd June 2017. 

CLICK HERE for more information on how to apply

SSLN (Literacy) 2016 – Report Published May 2017

On Tuesday the Scottish Summary of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) final Literacy report was published.

The report and supplementary documents can be accessed on the link below:

CLICK HERE – SSLN (Literacy) 2016

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Reflecting on the views of practitioners within the supplementary table, it is evident that practitioners are valuing high quality Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) in which they can learn from one another.

The aim of the Local Emerging Literacy networks in Highland is to support practitioners in taking a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy through practitioner collaboration. This in turn aims to support practitioners’ understanding of ‘achievement of a level’ through ongoing reflection on Early Level literacy, language and communication outcomes for children through engagement with the Emerging Literacy materials.

In taking a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy we strive to ensure that children have solid foundational reading and writing skills. Early signs from the Northern Alliance: Raising Attainment in literacy, language and communication – Interim Report – March 2017 have indicated that through collaborative enquiry where teachers have developed their subject knowledge, working  with other teachers and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), the literacy, language and communication experiences have been tailored to the needs of learners, matched to their developmental stage.

Highland’s Literacy Strategy (published last week) will support literacy, language and communication learning through three aspects:

  • raising attainment through taking a developmental approach to literacy, language and communication
  • raising attainment through a structured approach to reading comprehension
  • raising attainment through supporting learners with persistent literacy difficulties.

Further support materials will be shared in the new academic session.

Education Scotland has significantly streamlined the guidance on Curriculum for Excellence. Key resources to support teachers raise attainment in literacy are noted below:

Live Literature School Residencies 2017/2018

There is one week left to apply for a funded Live Literature School Residency with an author-in-residence for 12 sessions.

Scottish Book Trust are welcoming applications from Early Learning and Childcare settings and schools before Wednesday 17th May 2017.

Watch this video below to hear how a school in Dundee worked with an author in residence.

This is a great opportunity to enhance the literacy curriculum within your school, bringing the craft of writers to life.

For more information and to apply for a live residency, click the link below.

CLICK HERE – Scottish Book Trust Author Residency Information

Bookbug Week 2017 – Authors Live: Alex T Smith

Bookbug Week 2017 is taking place between Monday 15th and Sunday 21st May 2017.

CLICK HERE – Bookbug Week 2017 Information

As part of Bookbug Week 2017, on Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 11am, Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland Learning will be welcoming award-winning author and illustrator Alex T Smith to Authors Live for an exciting and interactive event all about his Claude picture books. The event is targeted at Nursery – Primary 3 children. The event will be packed full of fun activities, including a live draw-along. You can sign up for the event on the link below.

CLICK HERE – Authors Live: Alex T Smith