Using Texts to Play and Talk Together

When adults play and talk together with children they play alongside children, following the child’s lead, modelling language and social interactions through play. Using a text as a stimulus, practitioners can plan their environment to enable play based experiences related to the text to support children’s language and motor skill development. This can be used alongside the guidance in Sequence and Narrative development through the development of children’s retelling skills.

The ‘Using Texts to Play and Talk Together‘ document provides guidance on how practitioners can use the plan-do-review model to plan for play based experiences that provide children with the opportunity to engage with texts, reflecting on their play. The model provides the opportunity for the adult to play and talk together with the children as well as observing children’s play.

CLICK HERE – Using Texts to Play and Talk Together

Literacy and Nature – The Lost Words

CLICK HERE: Original post shared by the Highland STEM Team

To coincide with The Lost Words being placed in every School in Scotland, five twilight sessions are being delivered across Highland to support practitioners engaging with the text. 

  • Inverness- Abriachan Forest Classroom, IV3 8LB
    Thursday 21st of March, 4-6pm
  • Fort William- An Drochit, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PH
    Monday, 25th of March, 4-6pm
  • Isle of Skye- Broadford Primary, IV49 9AG
    Tuesday, 26th of March, 4-6pm
  • Strathspey- Abernethy Primary, PH25 3EG
    Tuesday, 26th of March, 4-6pm
  • Caithness- Noss Primary, KW1 4DT
    Thursday, 28th of March, 4-6pm


Language and Literacy Network

The Language and Literacy network is a multidisciplinary forum which brings together individuals with shared interests in language and literacy but different knowledge and expertise.

Last year they hosted a series of events on four different themes:

They have filmed these events and have shared them on their new website. This is a great opportunity for professional development with research informed practice.

CLICK HERE to find out more and join the network

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March 2019

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March 2019

The annual celebration of the world’s love for books, Word Book Day, takes place this week on Thursday 7th March 2019. The World Book Day Website is full of brilliant ideas to support Early Learning and Childcare (ELCC), schools and partners in supporting World Book Day.

For age/stage specific resources, click the images below:

FMQT Next Generation – Asking Questions with Real Purpose and Audience

In the experiences and outcomes across the organisers of listening and talking, reading and writing, children partly demonstrate their verbal reasoning and oral language comprehension skills through asking and answering questions.

Back in June we published our Blank Language Question Fans to support developmentally appropriate questioning linked to the Words Up Key Message ‘Be Careful With Questions’.

Aged between 8 and 18? What better way to put questioning skills into action than by getting real purpose and audience in asking questions through First Minister’s Question Time?

Questions to be submitted by the 3rd of March – CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

Enhancing Family Engagement with Read, Write, Count

Earlier this year, children in Primary 2 and Primary received their Read, Write, Count packs. The Read, Write, Count packs have been designed to promote enjoyment and family engagement through books and games.

The Scottish Book Trust are offering an online twilight session for Primary 2 and Primary 3 teachers on ‘Enhancing Family Engagement with Read, Write, Count’. This will take place on Thursday 14th March 2019, 3.45pm – 5pm.

This session will show you how you can build on the gifting of your Read, Write Count bags through fun, flexible workshops for families. The Scottish Book Trust will explore the role of Read, Write, Count in family engagement and overall school improvement, discuss how to organise workshops to best suit the families you work with and provide a range of activity suggestions and resources for you to use.

CLICK HERE to find out more and apply for a place