Northern Alliance – Principles of Effective Phonics Teaching

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.

CLICK HERE – Principles of Effective Phonics Teaching

The principles share the key messages of effective phonics teaching and learning, built on solid foundational reading and writing skills through taking a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy.

The challenge questions have been created to support practitioners and schools in auditing their current approaches to phonics teaching, allowing them to reflect and plan for next steps. An audit tool has been created which practitioners and schools may find useful.

CLICK HERE – Phonics Principles – AUDIT

Scottish Book Trust Classroom Resources

The Scottish Book Trust have a bank of great learning resources to support literacy development in Early Learning and Childcare (ELCC) settings and schools.

CLICK HERE – Scottish Book Trust Learning Resources

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.

CLICK HERE – Comic Creation ‘Evil Emperor Penguin’

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.

CLICK HERE – Writing About Food

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.

CLICK HERE – Nick Sharratt: Using Rhyme to Create Plotlines

Emerging Literacy – Highland Update: May 2017

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.

Family Learning – Adult Literacies

Following our previous post on High Life Highland: Adult Literacies check out the Skills Workshop – Literacy site.

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.

CLICK HERE – Adult Learning: High Life Highland

The Skills Workshop – Literacy site includes a number of resources to support Adult Literacies learning, supporting families in further developing their own literacy skills.

CLICK HERE – Skills Workshop: Literacy

Bookbug – Songs and Rhymes

Earlier this month there was a great buzz going around social media for Bookbug Week 2017. As part of the celebrations the Scottish Book Trust launched their new Song and Rhyme Library.

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.

CLICK HERE Bookbug Song and Rhyme Library

What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties?

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.

CLICK HERE – Greg Brooks; What Works?