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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.

Emerging Literacy

For teachers new to Primary One, who wish to take part in Emerging Literacy networks.  The first network is due on the 15th of September.  Please sign up through CPD.

Support Networks

Support Network 1 Term 1         Thursday 15th Sept 2022              15:45 – 16:45

Network One will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around the Phonalogical Awareness Screener and to tour through what is in the Emerging Literacy Share Point Site.

Teachers attending should bring with them their data from the Phonological Awareness Screeners.

Support Network 2 Term 2         Thursday 15th December 2022    15:45 – 16:45

Network Two will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Concepts of Print/Reading

Teachers attending should have looked at the Highland Literacy Concepts of Print Continuum and the Emerging Literacy Training video 5 on Emerging Literacy.

Support Network 3 Term 3         Thursday 16th March 2023           15:45 – 16:45

Network Three will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Progression/Writing

Teachers should have accessed the Highland Literacy Oral Language Tool kit and looked at the information around Sequence and Narative prior to the network.

Support Network 4 Term 4         Thursday 1st June 2023                 15:45 – 16:45

Network Four will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Transition and Achievement of a Level.

Emerging Literacy

For teachers new to Primary One, who wish to take part in Emerging Literacy training or wish a refresher course, the second Session is on the 1st September with the first Network of the year on September 15th.  Please sign up through CPD.

Session 2

1st September 2022 from 15:45 to 17:00 – Concepts of Print and Pre-handwriting Skills

Support Networks

Support Network 1 Term 1         Thursday 15th Sept 2022              15:45 – 16:45

Network One will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around the Phonalogical Awareness Screener and to tour through what is in the Emerging Literacy Share Point Site.

Teachers attending should bring with them their data from the Phonological Awareness Screeners.

Support Network 2 Term 2         Thursday 15th December 2022    15:45 – 16:45

Network Two will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Concepts of Print/Reading

Teachers attending should have looked at the Highland Literacy Concepts of Print Continuum and the Emerging Literacy Training video 5 on Emerging Literacy.

Support Network 3 Term 3         Thursday 16th March 2023           15:45 – 16:45

Network Three will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Progression/Writing

Teachers should have accessed the Highland Literacy Oral Language Tool kit and looked at the information around Sequence and Narative prior to the network.

Support Network 4 Term 4         Thursday 1st June 2023                 15:45 – 16:45

Network Four will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Transition and Achievement of a Level.

Literacy for All in a World of Diversity

This is a reminder that the training for Members of Senior Management Teams within Primary and Secondary Schools (Highland Council only) in Literacy for All in a World of Diversity, begins today and will run for three days only.

This training will deliver a brief overview of Literacy for All in a World of Diversity.

During the training we will consider:

*Why this model of assessment, intervention and challenge is being put forward within Highland Council

*Ongoing observations and assessments for literacy difficulties and dyslexia

*Gathering information to inform planning for targeted learning and teaching as well as for the identification of Dyslexia, where necessary.

Training will be available on:

Monday 22nd, August 15:45 – 16:45

Tuesday 23rd, August 15:45 – 16:45

Wednesday 24th August 15:45 – 16:45

The training will be on Google Meet (You will receive the code when you sign up, through CPD).

Literacy Training

Over this session, we will be running a variety of training session covering different aspects of literacy.

If you wish to take part in any of these sessions, please sign up through the CPD calendar.

The trainings are as follows:

Date and TimeTarget AudienceTitleDescription
Thursdays 8th September 2022 15:45 – 16:45 Repeated: 12th January 2023 20th April 2023 15:45 – 16:45Class Teachers, ASL TeachersWraparound SpellingThis short training looks at Wraparound Spelling.  It will take you through the process and give ideas of how to use it to suit the needs of your class.
Thursdays 22nd September 15:45 – 16:45 Repeated: 19th January 2023 27th April 2023 15:45 – 16:45Class Teachers, ASL TeachersMorphological SpellingFor children with a spelling age of 10 year+, a morphological awareness spelling approach can be useful.  We will look at how to deliver this in Primary 6/7 and beyond.
Thursdays 29th September 2022 15:45-16:45 Repeated: 26th January 2023 4th May 2023 15:45-16:45Class Teachers,  ASL TeachersPhonics from the beginning and as an interventionIn this training, we will look at the teaching of phonics, and how this feeds in to reading, writing and handwriting.
Session 1 Oct 27th   Session 2 Feb 2ndSecondary Teachers 16:00 – 17:00Literacy across the curriculumLiteracy within subjects   Retrieval Practice    
Session 1 – 21st Sept Session 2 – 16th Nov Session 3 – 25th Jan 16:00-17:00Teachers 16:00-17:00  Listening and TalkingPlanning and AssessmentOral and Group DiscussionDebating and Philosophy
Session 1 – 8th Sept Session 2 – 6th Oct Session 3 – 24th Nov Session 4 – 19th Jan Session 5 – 9th Mar 16:00-17:00Teachers 16:00-17:00Comprehension StrategiesMaking ConnectionsPrediction and InferenceQuestioningMonitoring and VisualisingSummarising
Sept 12th In-Set Feb 22nd In-Set     Sept 13th In-Set  Schools wishing to sign up for TfW TfW schoolsTalk for Writing There is a cost, so permission must be obtained from your SMT.Fiction Non – Fiction     Refresh and Extension for schools already trained within TfW
Session 1 Tuesday 10th January 16:00 – 17:00 Session 2 Tuesday 17th January 16:00 – 17:00 Session 3 Tuesday 24th January 16:00 – 17:00Talk for Reading There is a cost, so permission must be obtained from your SMT.Talk for Reading works hand in hand with Talk for Writing.  It aims to develop children into efficient, effective, thoughtful, and strategic readers who can learn about life, discover information and deepen their thinking through considering other people’s views and experiences with a critical mind.

Literacy for All in a World of Diversity

We will be running training over this coming session on Literacy for All in a World of Diversity, considering how to assess for change and progress in all pupils who are experiencing any level of difficulties in areas of literacy, and for gathering the evidence required to be able to make an identification of dyslexia where appropriate.   We will also look at the Three Wave model of Intervention and challenge and how to provide target learning for progress at each of the waves.

Each training will be delivered by an Educational Psychologist and the Literacy Development Officer.

All trainings should be booked through the CPD calendar.

We have different levels of training available.

  1. Training for Head Teachers and other members of senior management.
  2. Training for Lead Practitioners who will support class teachers in this process.
  3. Class teachers.
  4. Network Sessions and Dropin sessions

Training for Head Teachers and other members of senior management.  One twilight session – 15:45 – 16:45 with the options of the following dates:

22nd Aug, 23rd Aug,  24th August 2022

Training for Lead Practitioners (Additional Support for Learning Teachers and Literacy Leads). Two full days of training.  There will be the option of the following dates:

Day One

29th, 30th, August, 12th, 13th September 2022

Day Two

14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, November 2022

Training for Class Teachers. Four Twilight sessions – one per term.

Although we have grouped the ASGs, it is not essential that you stick to the dates for your ASG group  if there is a better date for you.  Each person enrolling for training should attend all four sessions, but it may be that they join with another group if a date particular date doesn’t work for them.  Please ask for permission from your line manager first.

Group 1 Choose one date from each session days. Session 1 – 19, 20, 21 September Session 2 – 21c, 22, 23 November Session 3 – 13, 14, 15 February Session 4 – 17, 18, 19 April  ASGs for: Dornoch Academy, Farr High School, Kinlochbervie High School, Invergordon Academy, Glenurquhart High School, Grantown Grammar School, Nairn Academy, Kilchuimen Academy
Group 2 Choose one date from each session days. Session 1 – 26, 27, 28 September Session 2 – 28, 29, 30 November Session 3 – 27, 28 Feb, 1 March Session 4 – 24, 25, 26 AprilASGs for: Kingussie High School Ardnamurchan High School Gairloch High School Kinlochleven High School Ullapool High School
Group 3 Choose one date from each session days. Session 1 – 3, 4, 5 October Session 2 – 5, 6, 7 December Session 3 – 6, 7, 8 March Session 4 – 8, 9, 10 MayASGs for: Golspie High School Culloden Academy Mallaig High School Inverness High School Alness Academy
Group 4 Choose one date from each session days. Session 1 – 24, 25, 26 October Session 2 – 16, 17, 18 January Session 3 – 13, 14, 15 March Session 4 – 15, 16, 17 MayASGs for: Thurso High School Fortrose Academy Charleston Academy Milburn Academy  
Group 5 Choose one date from each session days. Session 1 – 31 Oct, 1, 2 Nov Session 2 – 23, 24, 25 January Session 3 – 20, 21, 22 March Session 4 – 22, 23, 24 MayASGs for: Tain Royal Academy Lochaber High School Plockton High School
Group 6 Choose one date from each session days. Session 1 – 7, 8, 9 November Session 2 – 30, 31 Jan, 1 Feb Session 3 – 27, 28, 29 March Session 4 – 29, 29, 3131 MayASGs for: Wick High School Dingwall Academy Inverness Royal Academy Portree High School

There will also be a number of Drop-in Sessions and networks.

Code for all Friday Drop-in sessions – https://meet.google.com/czr-xqsg-xip 9:00 to 12:00 
9th September 2022 7th October 2022 11th November 2022 9th December 2022 3rd February 2023 3rd March 2023 31st March 2023 12th May 2023 9th June 2023SMT Class Teachers ASfL TeachersSessions are open to people who have questions around Literacy for All. You may either drop in during the sessions, or you may email with your question ahead of time.
Literacy For All Support Networks (with Educational Psychologists)
Nov 24th 3:45 – 4:45 Feb 16th  3:45 – 4:45 March  23rd  3:45 – 4:45 May 11th  3:45 – 4:45 June 15th  3:45 – 4:45All Literacy Leads and Class teachers.  Any questions arrising from training – assessments and interventions can be shared in the network.  Questions can be sent ahead of time through the Jamboard Code.

Emerging Literacy

For teachers new to Primary One, who wish to take part in Emerging Literacy training or wish a refresher course, training and networks will be available over the course of the year.  Please sign up through CPD.

Session 1

25th August 2022 from 15:45 to 17:00 – Oral Language and Phonological Awareness.

Session 2

1st September 2022 from 15:45 to 17:00 – Concepts of Print and Pre-handwriting Skills

Support Networks

Support Network 1 Term 1         Thursday 15th Sept 2022              15:45 – 16:45

Network One will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around the Phonalogical Awareness Screener and to tour through what is in the Emerging Literacy Share Point Site.

Teachers attending should bring with them their data from the Phonological Awareness Screeners.

Support Network 2 Term 2         Thursday 15th December 2022    15:45 – 16:45

Network Two will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Concepts of Print/Reading

Teachers attending should have looked at the Highland Literacy Concepts of Print Continuum and the Emerging Literacy Training video 5 on Emerging Literacy.

Support Network 3 Term 3         Thursday 16th March 2023           15:45 – 16:45

Network Three will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Progression/Writing

Teachers should have accessed the Highland Literacy Oral Language Tool kit and looked at the information around Sequence and Narative prior to the network.

Support Network 4 Term 4         Thursday 1st June 2023                 15:45 – 16:45

Network Four will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Transition and Achievement of a Level.

Hang on in There! More Morphology

For those of you who enjoyed exploring morphology with your class last week, here is another word exploration.

The word expensive is one that we use a lot now.  Everything seems to be getting more and more expensive.  Have you ever stopped to think about what the word expensive really means?  It is an interesting word and full of history.

There are three morphemes (units of meaning) in the word expensive.  Ex + pens + ive

  • Ex means very or out of or from
  • pens means hang or weigh
  • ive means someone or something that does something

So expensive means something that weighs a lot.

This seems a strange meaning for things that cost a lot of money.  Hundreds of years ago, when people bought things in markets, the produce that they were buying was weighed to determine how much they cost.  Goods now usually have a set value so the term expensive doesn’t make as much sense now as it did a long time ago.

Another interesting thing is, why does pens have an e after it when it is at the end of a word and not in the middle?

If a word ends with an s, it usually means that it is a plural word, e.g. dogs, or it is a third person singular verb, e.g. she runs.  It is often put after a word that ends in s that is neither a plural nor a third person singular verb.  So, expense is neither a plural nor a third person singular verb, so it has an e after the s.

The Scottish Book Trust Book Bug and Read, Write, Count Bags

Thank you to the Highland Council schools who have so far returned their numbers for the P1 Book Bug Bags and the P2 and P3 Read, Write, Count bags.  Remember the deadline of Friday 24th of June.

Through Bookbug and Read, Write, Count, every child in Primary 1–3 receives a free bag with books, educational games and writing materials that change on a yearly basis. Read, Write, Count also provides advice and support for learning professionals and families through training events and online resources.

For more information go to:

https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading-and-stories/bookbug-picture-book- prizehttps://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading-and-stories/read-write-counthttps://www.booksforall.org.uk/book-awards/

For children with a print disability, who have difficulty with the original versions, you can request a digital version with symbols in four different formats from https://www.booksforall.org.uk/book-awards/

  • PowerPoint narrated.
  • PowerPoint Switch Prompt.
  • Keynote.
  • Grid.

Exploring Spelling through Morphological Awareness

Have you ever wondered why some people use the word holiday and some people say vacation?  In the UK, we tend to use the word holiday and in America, the term vacation is generally used. 

The word holiday was first used in the 1500s.  Holiday came from holy day.  Holy days were special days in the religious calendar that were set aside to be days where people didn’t need to work.

In America, the word vacation is used, and it is becoming more popular in the UK too.  This is a very interesting word which is connected to others that we may use. It is built from a root which means empty (even though our holidays are often full) and it is related to words such as vacancy and vacuum.

As we explore the word vacation, it can lead us to learning other words too and what the parts of the words (morphemes) mean.  Learning about morphemes can help us understand some strange spellings in words.  To find out the meaning of morphemes with a Greek or Latin origin, go to https://membean.com/roots .

Have a look at this word matrix.  How many words can you make from this list of prefixes, roots and suffixes?  Can you work out why each of these morphemes was used to create the word?

If you would like to try out more with your class, look at Pick and Mix Spelling.

Emerging Literacy Training – For practitioners in Highland Council

The following trainings and networks are for teachers in Primary One and others interested in Emerging Literacy as an intervention within Highland Council.

To access the codes for the following trainings and networks, please sign up through the CPD calendar.

Emerging Literacy Training Session 1

16th June 2022    15:45 – 17:00

In session one we will look at Oral Language and Phonological Awareness

Emerging Literacy Training Session 2

23rd June 2022    15:45 – 17:00

In session two we will look at Concepts of Print and Pre-handwriting Skills

These two sessions will be repeated on:

Session 1 – 25th August 2022 – 15:45 to 17:00

Session 2 – 1st September 2022 – 15:45 to 17:00

Emerging Literacy Support Network 1 – Term 1  

Thursday 15th Sept 2022              15:45 – 16:45

Network One will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around the Phonalogical Awareness Screener and to tour through what is in the Emerging Literacy Share Point Site

Emerging Literacy Support Network 2 – Term 2  

Thursday 15th December 2022      15:45 – 16:45

Network Two will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Concepts of Print/Reading

Emerging Literacy Support Network 3 – Term 3  

Thursday 16th March 2023              15:45 – 16:45

Network Three will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Progression/Writing

Emerging Literacy Support Network 4 – Term 4  

Thursday 1st June 2023              15:45 – 16:45

Network Four will provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Transition and Achievement of a Level.