Sharon Wallace, Curriculum Support Officer of the Curriculum Support Team has hosted three Active Literacy Networking sessions this week at Camelon Education Centre. Colleagues participated in Early, First and Second level network meetings with a focus on sharing good practice and professional discussion around literacy.
Colleagues from a number of Falkirk Council establishments participated in a range of activities including: updates, Using Smart Notebook Toolkit 2.0 and sharing good practice. Sharon was delighted to hear all the good practice and good news stories happening. It is really encouraging to hear how confident pupils are using the six key comprehension strategies in reading and how much pupils are enjoying learning new strategies to help with their common/ tricky words.
Teachers were provided with an update of all things new in the world of literacy including:
- The Literacy Strategy
- Every Day’s a Learning Day
- The Daily What (Bothkennar’s article)
- Courses delivered this term including Using Twixter and Fakebook
- The Thinking Reader approach
- Using Blooms fans and comprehension skills triangles
Sharon demonstrated how Smart Notebook Toolkit 2.0 can be used to create effective learning experiences for spellings and phonics. Colleagues then produced their own Active Literacy games using anagram, keyword, multiple choice, sentence arrange, vortex sort, word biz and word guess.
Sharon then invited colleagues to share examples of good practice and these included:
- Bainsford Primary teachers Emma Cuthbert and Claire Morrison shared some fabulous evidence of literacy using the outdoor environment and also how they have been engaging with parents and consolidating phoneme work. They also recommended the use of online support materials such as Geraldine the Giraffe!
- Helen McNeill from Whitecross Primary shared some fabulous task cards she has produced to enable her learners to be independent in their Active Literacy activities.
- Laura Cotton, a probationer from Bo’ness Public has produced her own materials using Toolkit 2.0 and she shared her lesson on the phoneme ‘ee’
Some colleagues were unable to attend, but still shared their good practice and these included:
- Andrew Watson, DHT from Bonnybridge Primary kindly shared his reading planner for ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’
- Carol from Laurieston shared her Reading toolkit for second level
- Alison Marshall from Drumbowie shared her reading planner for Carrie’s War
Suggestions for the theme for the next round of network meetings included – more ideas using Toolkit 2.0 and reading. The Daily What and Film Club have offered to attend our network meetings to share what they can do to support schools too.