Literacy and English

Our Literacy and English programmes and courses cover:

Listening and Talking

The Literacy and English framework promotes the development of critical and creative thinking as well as competence in listening and talking, reading, writing and the personal, interpersonal and team working skills which are so important in life and the world of work.

In the earliest stages of learning to read, the look and say method is taught, i.e. look at the word and the picture and try to remember what the word looks like.  This is taught within the context of a commercially produced reading scheme.

‘Phonics’, the sounding of the letters, is taught alongside the look and say method.  The structured programme used at Eaglesham Primary School focuses on a synthetic and balanced approach to the teaching of phonics.

As children progress, the focus for teaching and learning moves to more complex skills of comprehension and children are encouraged to ‘interrogate’ reading materials to ensure they fully understand what they have read. The Thinking Reader learning and teaching strategies are developed as good practice from Nursery to P7.

Throughout their time at Eaglesham Primary School your child will develop a range of writing skills. The whole school approach using the Big Writing strategies provide opportunities  for pupils  to explore writing imaginative stories, poetry, reports, recounts, letters and more.  These writing skills are then developed in a variety of real life situations

Children are given opportunities to develop their talking skills through structured activities.  Older pupils are taught skills to enable them to deliver oral presentations and they also learn techniques for effective group discussion.

Children are taught to develop talking and listening skills through activities such as discussion of reading texts, discussions prior to storywriting, debates, podcasting, art and design and music.

We are always trying to improve the provision of attractive library books to encourage an interest in reading for information and pleasure. Pupils are encouraged to work independently while learning and applying basic reference and research skills.  Use is also made of the local library and expertise of the librarian.  Knowledge about language (grammar) skills are also taught.

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