Research shows that phonics is effective for the teaching and learning of reading and writing. The Northern Alliance Principles of Effective Phonics Teaching have been designed to support practitioners and schools to plan for developmentally appropriate teaching and learning of phonics.
The Scottish Book Trust have a bank of great learning resources to support literacy development in Early Learning and Childcare (ELCC) settings and schools.
Some new resources which are worth checking out . . .
Creating Comics, inspired by ‘Evil Emperor Penguin’
Get creating comics with Laura Ellen Anderson’s ‘Evil Emperor Penguin’ inspired learning resource. This is a great resource which develops characterisation and emotive language.
Writing About Food
This learning resource has been designed to support the development of food education through the Nourish campaign. This could be developed as an interdisciplinary context through health and wellbeing and literacy.
Nick Sharratt: Using rhyme to create plotlines
Author of ‘Shark in the Park’, Nick Sharratt, has provided his top tips in using rhyme to develop plotlines. You can watch the video below and access links to other resources which Nick has developed.
If you missed it, CLICK HERE for the April 2017 Emerging Literacy Update
Please find below the May 2017 update from the Highland Emerging Literacy Group. This update outlines the recommendations for transition from P1 to P2 for schools who have taken a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy and Highland’s support arrangements for the 2017/ 2018 session.
CLICK HERE to download the May 2017 Emerging Literacy update.
As part of Family Learning, Quality Indicator 2.5 within How Good Is Our School (4th Edition), schools are expected to actively promote lifelong learning, both in families, and as individual learners. In addition to this, through Pupil Equity Funding (PEF), schools may be looking to further develop their approaches to family learning in order to interrupt the poverty related gap.
The Skills Workshop – Literacy site includes a number of resources to support Adult Literacies learning, supporting families in further developing their own literacy skills.
The Song and Rhyme Library is full of songs and rhymes and some brilliant videos which are good to have a look through with regards to Family Learning.
In the 2017/2018 session we’ll be continuing to work with the Library Service in Highland to support training. One new training event will be ‘Bookbug Session Leaders‘ – more informaiton will follow.
In supporting children and young people with literacy difficulties, it is crucial that we select research based interventions which are linked to the identified need.
Greg Brooks’ (2016: Fifth Edition) ‘What Works for Children and Young People With Literacy Difficulties?‘ details the effectiveness of a variety of literacy interventions.
Ensuring that we’re data informed through the selection of high quality interventions to target identified difficulties is fundamentla for supporting children and young people with literacy difficulties.
This month’s ’50 Word Fiction’ from the Scottish Book Trust is food-glorious-food. This month you’re asked to ‘Write a story set during a family meal.’
The deadline is Tuesday 30th May 2017. The Young Writers category is open to all children and young people under 18.