Sharon Wallace, Curriculum Support Officer, Curriculum Support Team has delivered an input to 45 second year ITE students at Stirling University. The session was based around Active Literacy and covered the following aims:
- To provide an overview of active approaches to literacy in the Early Years
- To outline key strategies and methodologies used for effective teaching and learning
- To examine ways forward for the student teachers careers to incorporate active approaches to literacy
Sharon provided these students with an overview of how Falkirk Council are meeting the literacy needs of our pupils from early to second level.
The students developed their knowledge and awareness of spelling and phonics strategies such as: five finger strategy, Elkonin boxes, diacritical marking, mnemonics, words within words, syllabification and compound words.
The active literacy animation for parents was shared, as well as Falkirk Council’s Literacy Strategy online support tool blog.
Sharon provided the students with an overview of the phoneme programme for each year group and how the 40 phonemes are covered across P1-3. Students used the reciprocal teaching method to work with a range of phoneme words to see how these are taught in Falkirk establishments.
There was an overview given of the six reading comprehension strategies and Sharon used the text ‘The Gruffalo’ to exemplify how each strategy can be used with this picture book.
The session concluded with the students reflecting on what they had learned, how this new knowledge impacts on their beliefs and understandings and what their next steps will be.