Following on from the Emerging Literacy in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Toolkit that was launched earlier this week, two pieces of guidance have been put together to support ELC settings and schools embedding a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy across the Early Level. This will sit as part of the whole-school literacy, language and communication toolkit that is due to launch at the beginning of the new academic session.
Prepare for lift off as we travel across the galaxy on a very special reading mission. The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 is nearly upon us and this year’s theme is Space Chase.
Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, the Challenge which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, encourages children to discover new authors and read books!
Starting on Saturday 22nd June 2019, The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six library books during the long summer holiday. Sign up in your local library.
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!
The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading all year round: find new books to read, take part in competitions and and play games.
Today the Emerging Literacy in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Toolkit has been launched, designed to support ELC settings through self-facilitated professional learning in taking a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy.
- adult/child interaction in ELC
- concepts of print in ELC
- oral language in ELC
- phonological awareness in ELC
- pre-handwriting in ELC.
The adult/child interaction module takes between 1.5-2 hours, and the others take around 45 minutes to 1 hour to work through in a group. It is recommended that practitioners engage with the adult/child interaction module first, and then the others in an order that is most appropriate to the setting.
The online modules are designed so that settings can work through them at a pace that is appropriate to them as part of their ongoing self-evaluation and improvement planning. Each module is designed to be engaged with individually, with practitioners exploring the principles of that module in practice in the weeks following engagement with the online training.
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.
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.
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.