Author Archives: jennywilsonldo

PM Benchmark Assessment 2

Are you interested in learning more about the new PM Benchmark Literacy Assessment 2?  Julian Duncan a trainer for PM Benchmark will run training on the 15th and 18th of March 2021.

The training is suitable for School Managers, ASN teachers and class teachers.

It equips teachers with accurate and robust assessment tools to identify students’ instructional or independent reading levels. The resource offers a complete literacy assessment, allowing teachers to conduct reading records to effectively capture students’ progress in reading fluency, retelling abilities and comprehension within and beyond the text.

When                      Monday 15th March at 15:30 to 16:30

                               Thursday 18th March at 15:30 to 16:30

To access the training link, please sign in through CPD.

Dyslexia Awareness Week (Scotland)

Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland will be on 2 – 7 November 2020

Dyslexia Awareness Week this year is all about ‘Unlocking Potential’.  To tie in with coming out of lockdown, the title reflects all the amazing and sometimes unexpected ways that children and adults have adapted to our ‘new normal’, not to mention parents, teachers and others.  It’s not been easy but we have been struck by the resilience shown by so many.

Some ways to support Dyslexia Awareness Week

For those of you who would like an interesting, informative and thought-provoking read, please click the link below.

Book Bug and Read, Write, Count Bags

It is nearly time for the Book Bug and Read, Write, Count Bags to be delivered to your school.

As you might be aware, we have organised two webinars, relevant for anyone involved in gifting the P1 bag. They are as follows:

Webinar: Making the most of the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag

This webinar is for P1 teachers and school literacy co-ordinators involved with the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag. Join us for a webinar which will introduce you to the contents of the bag, including the 3 shortlisted books, provide ideas for cross-curricular activities and explain how your pupils can vote for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize.

There are two available sessions:

  • Tuesday 29 September 2020: 4pm-5pm
  • Wednesday 7 October 2020: 4pm-5pm

For more info about this webinar, and registrations, please click here.

Webinar: Gifting the Bookbug P1 Family Bag and Read, Write, Count Bags

This webinar is for P1, P2 and P3 teachers and school literacy co-ordinators involved with gifting the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag and Read, Write, Count bags.

  • Wednesday 23 September 2020: 4pm-5:30pm

For registrations, please click here.

Literacy Leaders

We still have spaces for the Literacy Leaders’ Training for this year. This training is suitable for Class Teachers (or all subject areas), members of Senior Management Team, and Additional Support Teachers.

Year One begins next week with three available dates.

Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd September for Primary School Teachers and Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th for Secondary School Teachers. If you are interested, and are able to arrange a day out of class, we would be pleased to see you.

Year Two begins the following week with two available dates.

Tuesday 29th for Primary School Teachers and Wednesday 30th for Secondary School Teachers.

Each session runs from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Please let me know if you wish to attend, and I will give you the Google meet code required for taking part.

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is growing! This week we announced a new partnership with English Heritage, which will be offering a fabulous programme of poetry participation opportunities linked to the hidden stories of its sites, from October 1 and running through October in parallel with Black History Month. Stand by for more news shortly – the programme is led by poet Jacob Sam-La Rose who has brilliant writing and performing tips to share.

Meanwhile, tell us what you are planning! The National Poetry Day map gives you an idea of the range of events – big, small and micro – taking place. Add yours for the chance to win a set of three poetry books. And use our online resources: we have cleared copyright on loads of poems on the theme of Vision and you might like to print out ones you like and stick them in your window. And if you want to share the way you #ShareAPoem: take a picture for Twitter or Insta, tag #NationalPoetryDay.

Wraparound Spelling

We have been developing some training videos which you can use, either just to watch on your own, or with your class in a kind of on-line team teaching situation.  As I write we have three weeks of lessons, with each week containing a video for days one to four.

There is also one training video for children in P6/7, which is a spelling investigation.  It comes with a pack of activities.  We will continue to add a few more to this group.

If you would like access to these, let me know, and I’ll add you to the shared drive.