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Emerging Literacy Update – March 2019

The fourth round of Emerging Literacy networks in February and March explored the:

  • Using Texts to Play and Talk Together guidance to support play and exploration. This looked at developing play contexts linked to a text, focusing on the adult’s role through observation and playing and talking together, and support children to review their play.

  • ‘What makes an Early Level reader and writer?’ – Using the Early Level Literacy and English Progression, practitioners reflected on the use skills developed in early reading and writing, using the progression to support moderation.

The Network 5 sessions will take place on the following dates, in the following venues in April.

CLICK HERE – Emerging Literacy Update March 2019

Wordless Books: A Picture Tells A Thousand Words

“A Picture Tells A Thousand Words”

Wordless Books are a great way of supporting children’s literacy and language development through vocabulary, oral langauge comprehension and narrative skills. In a previous post last year we shared the Scottish Book Trust’s guidance on using wordless books in schools and libraries.

Using these practitioners can:

The Scottish Book Trust has written a blog post on using Wordless Books. CLPE has also has a suggested list of wordless books that can be used across the school.

Those schools that are part of the Council’s structured approach to reading comprehension development this year are using wordless books to support the development of comprehension strategies.

CLICK HERE – Scottish Book Trust – Wordless Books in Schools and Libraries

CLICK HERE – Scottish Book Trust blog post – Wordless Books

CLICK HERE – CLPE – Suggested list of Wordless Books

Pen Fifty Words – March 2019

This month’s ’50 Word Fiction’ from the Scottish Book Trust asks you to ‘Write a story featuring mist or fog.’ This is a great opportunity to develop descriptive language through the setting.

The deadline is Tuesday 26 March 2019. The two Young Writers categories are open to all children and young people from 5 to 18, and there is an all age catergory for Gaelic writers.

CLICK HERE – ’50 Word Fiction’

Curiosity Kits – Munlochy and Tore Primary Schools

Thank you to Munlochy and Tore Primary Schools for sharing their work!

Curious?  Good.  That means they’re doing their job.

In 2016, a project was conceived to create a motivational and progressive culture in the joy of reading.  The project, ‘Story Sacks’, designed for P1-3 children and their parents, aimed to encourage the development of early literacy skills alongside establishing a lifelong love of books. The Story Sacks are fiction based packs which contain fiction and non-fiction books, games, activities and ideas to spark conversations and encourage the development of children’s imaginations.  The project, enables parents and families to engage in their children’s learning and create and sustain partnerships between the school and home.

CLICK HERE – Tore and Munloch Story Sacks Blog Post

Following the Story Sacks success, and to progress the culture of engagement in literacy within our schools, in 2017, the non-fiction based ‘Curiosity Kit’ project was born. These kits were aimed at P4-7 children and were designed, in partnership with all stakeholders within the schools. Their aim, like their sister project, was to provide each child with the equal opportunity of engaging with high-quality books and resources and encourage the development of lifelong skills in Reading for Information.

  • 120 unique kits, each themed around a non-fiction topic, EG. Space, Gardening, World Religion, Politics, British History, Great Artists, Healthy Eating.
  • Each kit contains: 1-2 non-fiction books, a magazine, a leaflet and an item/game.
  • Kits are taken home, to be shared with their families and returned a fortnight later.
  • Upon return, children rate the kits, justify their opinions and share facts they learned with other classmates.
  • Each year group has specifically sourced materials to motivate and encourage engagement for children of their ages: P4 – Science based, P5 – , P6 – History based and P7 – Careers.

Although many of the kits hint towards the world of work, the majority of the P7 packs, in particular, incorporate elements which are designed to stimulate discussion and knowledge about this.  Some of these include: University Syllabuses and course information, examples of successful entrepreneurs, leaflets on skills required for certain work (such as skills for hairdressing) and books entitled ‘I’m good at History – what job can I do.’

Overall, these kits were designed to motivate children and to inspire a love of reading.  Even more so, they were created in mind to be stimulating, engaging and deeply interesting, so, for the children, reading is a positive experience.  Below are some quotes from some of the children and parents from our school:

“My son just LOVES them!  He tears into the packs as soon as he’s home and we love sharing the contents together.  He’s so interested in the books that he doesn’t even realise that he’s reading, or that it’s homework!”  Parent of P6 Pupil

“They make me want to read…and that’s something I don’t normally ever want to do!” P7 Pupil

“I really like sharing these (the kits) with my son.  He even made brownies with his sister last weekend, from a recipe included in the pack!” Parent of P5 Pupil