Emerging Literacy in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Toolkit

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.

The online toolkit includes a suite of professional learning online modules in:

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.

CLICK HERE – Taking a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)

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