Funding for Book Week Scotland 2018!

The Scottish Book Trust have grants of £350 to help your school celebrate Book Week Scotland 2018 (19-25 November). As long as your project follows their Rebel theme, and contains an intergenerational element, you could use your grant to purchase books, invite authors into your school or carry out special one-off events during the week.

Email for details.

Highland: Emerging Literacy Networks 2018/2019

To support schools in taking a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy in the 18/19 session, the network sessions are available to apply for through the CPD calendar for those new to and those continuing to embed Emerging Literacy. The networks are designed for class teachers, ASN teachers and school senior managers, as well as educational psychologist and allied health professionals, to support both those new to and those continuing to embed a whole-school approach to Emerging Literacy. It is appreciated if those signing-up for next year’s networks do so by Monday 25th June 2018. Venues will be confirmed in the new session.

For further information see May 2018 Emerging Literacy Update

Verbal Reasoning and Abstract Thinking

The Verbal Reasoning and Abstract Thinking guidance sits as part of the Oral Language ToolkitThis will be added to periodically throughout the 2018/2019 session, and updates share through blog posts.

Children’s verbal reasoning skills and abstract thinking skills enable them to demonstrate their oral language comprehension skills which underpin their understanding across learning. This needs to be supported through modelling, commenting and developmentally appropriate questioning.

Verbal Reasoning and Abstract Thinking Guidance

Question Steps

Making Comments

Blanks Language Question Fan

Blanks Language Overview

Asking the Right Questions at the Right Time PPT

Blanks Language – Question Fans

Have you seen the new Blanks Language Question Fans?

The Blanks Language Scheme supports practitioners to reflect on their interactions to ensure that they’re matched to the children’s stage of development.

To support questioning development, linked to the four levels of Blanks Language, Blanks Language Question Fans have been created for use across learning.

Find out more about the development of Blanks Language in our Verbal Reasoning and Abstract Thinking guidance.

Pen Fifty Words – June 2018

With the glorious Highland sunshine out to play, June’s ’50 Word Fiction’ from the Scottish Book Trust encourages you to think about the concept of “where” withe a beach setting.

This month’s ’50 Word Fiction’ from the Scottish Book Trust asks you to ‘Write a story set on a beach.’

You could explore the ‘Sequence and Narrative‘ resources when supporting your teaching of the concept of ‘where’. The resources have been designed to develop children’s understanding of the sequence and narrative concepts which support oral language comprehension and the creation of texts.

CLICK HERE – Sequence and Narrative

The deadline is Tuesday 3rd July 2018. The two Young Writers categories are open to all children and young people from 5 to 18.

CLICK HERE – ’50 Word Fiction’