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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.

The Highland Literacy Road Map

If you are looking for information and resources on different aspects of literacy, you will find a variety of useful documents on the Highland Literacy Road Map. It is situated on Highland Council’s Share Point under the English and Literacy tab.

One slide which you may wish to look at, is the Literacy Road Map Signposts, which holds information around assessing, planning, learning and moderation. You will find that on slide three of the Road Map.

Mission Dyslexia

Mission Dyslexia in your school

By now your school will have received a free copy of Mission Dyslexia to help teachers support pupils with dyslexia.  These books were sent to all primary schools in Highland Council.

We hope that the books have been shared with relevant staff such as support for learning teachers.

The books were paid for by your local volunteer-led branch of Dyslexia Scotland.

We’d like to offer 2 free short sessions to explain a little bit more about the background to the book, how you can use it in your school and how others have used it. The informal sessions will take place on Zoom.

One of the book’s authors and Dyslexia Scotland Ambassador Paul McNeill will give a short overview of the resource and help you maximise its use in schools.

Book a free place via Eventbrite:

30 January 4pm – 5pm

or

13 February 4pm – 5pm

Please contact lena@dyslexiascotland.org.uk with any queries

The Scottish Book Trust

The philosophy of Curriculum for Excellence is that of a future-oriented education, aiming to help students develop into successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors (referred to as the “four capacities”).

Join this Book Discovery session where Scottish Book Trust staff will take you through some contemporary text recommendations on this theme; activity ideas to use in your setting; and highlight resources that will support you. There will also be the opportunity for discussion with other learning professionals about using texts to explore the four capacities.

Emerging Literacy

For teachers new to Primary One, or those wishing to continue to explore Emerging Literacy or help to support others through Emerging Literacy networks, Network Two will be available on Thursday 15th December.  Please sign up through CPD.

Support Networks

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 Network 2

The second Emerging Literacy Network will run on Thursday 15th December 2022 from 15:45 to 16:45.

We will be focusing on Concepts of Print and reading. Practitioners attending the session should have looked at the Highland Literacy Concepts of Print Continuum and the Emerging Literacy Training video 5.

This network with provide the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice around Concepts of Print and reading.

Practitioners in Highland Council should sign up through the CPD calendar.

Words Up Early

These sessions are for Highland Council practitioners in Early Years who wish to explore the Words Up Early key messages in depth.

You will find the details for pre-tasks and the Google meet Code on the Highland Council Digital Hub online calendar.

Introduction to Words Up Early   7/12/22   18.30-20.00 13/02/23  15.30-17.00
Words Up Early: Pause and Wait   25/01/23  18.00-19.00
Words Up Early: Play and Talk Together   15/02/23   18.00-19.00
Words Up Early: Face to Face   15/03/23  18.00-19.00
Words Up Early: Quiet Time to Talk   19/04/23  18.00-19.00
Words Up Early: Be Careful with Questions 10/05/23  18.00-19.00
Words Up Early: Copy and Add   07/06/23  18.00-19.0
Words Up Early; Applying the Key Messages to support Attention and Listening  
22/2/23   13.00-15.00 09/05/23    18.00-20.00
Words Up Early: Applying the Key Messages to Songs and Rhymes  
14.03.22    18.00-20.00 05.06.23    13.00-15.00
Words Up Early:  Applying the Key messages to Books and Stories  
07/12/22   15.30-17.30 05/06/23   9.00-11.00
Phonological Awareness in the Early Years 31/01/23   16.00- 16.45 18/04/23   18.00-18.45

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).