Author Archives: Mr Cook

Education Endowment Foundation – Improving Literacy, Language and Communication

The Education Endowment Foundation have seven recommendations for supporting children’s literacy, language and communication. These dovetail with our approach to taking a developmental approach to literacy, language and communication through Emerging Literacy. Check out the graphic below.

CLICK HERE – EEF – Improving Language, Communication and Literacy

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Looking ahead to next session you may wish to consider how you could support the development of children’s listening and talking skills, their sequence and narrative skills and their retell and creation of text through the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) 2019.

This is taking place between Monday 2nd September 2019 and Monday 2nd December 2019. The SISF website has links to resources, storytelling contacts and details of funding to support with the costs. The Beyond Words School Resource also has further information.

CLICK HERE – Scottish International Storytelling Festival Website

Small Talk – National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust have launched the Small Talk website to support families in chatting, playing and reading with their babies, toddlers and children to support their child’s development.

When developing familiy learning, you may find that some of the suggestions from Small Talk sit well alongside Highland’s multiagency guidance on Bumps2Bairns.

CLICK HERE – Small Talk Website

Mock Court – Developing literacy, language and communication skills through contexts

Following Friday’s post on Education Scotland’s Political Literacy and Debating resources, your school may be interested in the School Mock Court Project that has just opened application for the next session. 

There is a Juniors category for P6 and P7 children that, through using a court case, develops skills such as critical analysis, presentation, creating texts and debating.

There is a Seniors category for S3 to S6 young people that, through the court case, makes links across subject areas in the curriculum to develop skills in critical analysis and presentation.

CLICK HERE to find out more and register your interest

Fake News – Education Scotland

The updated political literacy and debating skills resources have been added to Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub.

These resources can support children’s development of their literacy skills through analysing and evaluating information, justifying opinions and creating spoken texts as a response to information.

The specific resource on ‘Fake News’ supports the development of children and young people’s critical literacy skills, linked to the Social Studies experiences and outcomes.

CLICK HERE – Education Scotland You Decide Resources