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June 4, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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Developing the Thinking Reader Approach at Larbert Village Primary School

As part of their Larbert cluster focus on reading skills, Laura Robinson and Claire Morrison have been developing the Thinking Reader approach with colleagues at Larbert Village PS over the last 3 school sessions. Laura and Claire had both used this approach themselves previously and recognised its value for developing children’s reading skills, engagement in and enjoyment of reading. Both volunteered to jointly lead the literacy working group who were focusing on reading in their school.

Year 1 was about raising staff awareness and offering training opportunities to build staff confidence in using the Thinking Reader approach. One of the most valuable activities was the creation of a Thinking Reader resource booklet which staff made together. This booklet has proven to be a very useful tool which helps everyone plan their Thinking Reader units of work. Staff were so enthusiastic about using the approach that they took advantage of opportunities to observe and shadow Laura and Claire during Thinking Reader lessons.

Teachers noticed that the approach was having a whole range of impacts on children’s reading:

  • Increased understanding of the text
  • Greater engagement with the text
  • Raised the profile of reading across the school
  • Obvious enjoyment of the text and a real sense of how valued each text was (Book Bug books were used as Thinking Readers and became very precious to the children – they could not wait to share their book with family members – parents and relatives still comment on how often the children want to read these books at home)

This first year went so well that a  showcase event was held at the end of National Book Week to celebrate reading and share the Thinking Reader approach with parents. The Thinking Reader questions developed by staff have been turned into a poster with questions which parents can use at home when reading with their children. Laura and Claire see this as a valuable tool which they can share with parents when they ask for specific ways to support their child’s reading

Using feedback from colleagues, Laura and Claire set about increasing the range of texts available for use with this approach. Through working group research and collaboration texts were identified, then gathered to create Thinking Reader resource libraries (Book Fair and PEF funding also supported these purchases). 2018-19 focused on acquiring age-appropriate picture book texts for use with primary 4-7 pupils. Teachers felt that these texts would be accessible so that all pupils could develop their reading skills in addition to enjoying and being engaged with the texts.

Different teachers have chosen to capture/collect the learning resulting from their Thinking Readers in variety of ways. Floor books, folders, jotters and wall displays all proved useful ways to share in school plus effective use of Twitter for parents and a wider education audience. Claire’s primary 2 class were particularly inspired by a fictional book about a pink penguin – their Thinking Reader developed into a whole series of pink penguin toy adventures and the creation of a penguin rucksack which went home with the penguin each weekend.

This literacy development of the Thinking Reader approach has been successful for a host of reasons: effective peer support and collaboration; use of display and other methods of sharing; making sure that the approach is used consistently across the school; ensuring skills progression within and across stages. Laura and Claire feel that it has been a very positive journey for the whole staff, and that they can see a real increase in pupil engagement and enjoyment of reading using this approach. The Thinking Reader approach makes comprehension creative and fun so that the children enjoy taking part in the activities and progressing their literacy skills.

May 23, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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Increasing engagement in reading with Primary 2 at Beancross Primary School

In March 2018 Rebecca Morrison, class teacher of primary 2 at Beancross PS began looking at ways to help her pupils make more progress in their reading. After attending a CPD session which explored enjoyment and choice in reading, Rebecca decided to make links with the local library and to involve parents who wanted to help progress their children’s reading.

With the support of her head teacher, Rebecca initially checked that Grangemouth Public Library could accommodate class visits by her pupils. The next step was to set dates which suited the library and her children’s parents. Parents were invited to join in with monthly visits to the library to read with their children, help them select books and generally promote reading and the use of the library.

So far the visits have been well attended by parents and pupils have been very enthusiastic about this shared reading experience. Some parents have become members of the library as a result of this initiative. Pupils borrow a book from the library each time they visit, returning it the following time – they really enjoy having access to the huge range of books available in the public library.

Yvonne McBlain, curriculum support teacher with Falkirk Children’s Services joined the class visit on the morning of 29th May 2019, and spoke to the children, parents, carers and grandparents attending. She asked the children how they felt about the library visits:

Kayden said “Happy. I like going to the library, I’ve been every month since I started primary 2. I read more and I enjoy getting new books.”

Hannah likes the visits because “there’s lots of books close together and I can choose anything I want.”

Siobhan said “I feel good going to the library and I enjoy that you get new books every month. It helps with my reading and sounding out words. I like getting them (right) and if I’m not sure I can ask.”

One of the mums said “It’s really good for them to be able to come down to pick a book they can read in school – the visits help them become more independent.” Mr Finlayson joined his grandson to read, commenting that “He reads all the time and has been coming to the library since he was 18 months old – it definitely has paid dividends for his reading.” Mums Jennifer and Emma feel that the visits are a very valuable experience for the children who hadn’t been to the library before. They suggested that the visits really encourage reading as well as offering a valuable opportunity to walk from school, getting fresh air, exercise and learning safe routes around their town. This was dad James’ first time being part of the library visit, and he explained that his child “seems to be enjoying it – it’s nice to see them coming to the library.”

Rebecca has been liaising with Grant, the librarian to arrange the visits and as soon as he and his colleagues had completed the mammoth task of checking out the books, Yvonne also gathered his thoughts: “We love having the kids in the library – they are the future and it’s great that they are getting into reading and literature. We have our Summer Challenge coming up (click here for more information) and it’s great that we have such good relationships with the primary schools in Grangemouth.

The enjoyment of the children was obvious during their visit, with final selection and stamping of books being particularly exciting – as can be seen from the photos.

Rebecca has observed that combining her teaching of reading in the classroom with monthly visits to the public library with parents has helped her pupils’ reading in the following ways:

  • pupils willingly choose to read for pleasure during opportunities for free choice in class
  • they are eager to look at and read each others’ books (they have read more books!)
  • the number of pupils who read at home has increased
  • parents are reading with their children more frequently than before
  • pupils who previously struggled with fluency and comprehension have improved these skills – some of them have made very significant progress

Rebecca will continue to develop this work next session through an approach called practitioner inquiry where research and more formal data measures will help her evaluate just how much difference this reading intervention makes.

May 16, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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Denny Early Learning and Childcare Centre – Exploring Foundational Literacy through Play

In session 2018-19, staff at Denny Early Learning and Childcare Centre took part in valuable professional learning provided by Eveline Chan, trainee Education Psychologist with Falkirk Children’s Services Educational Psychology team.  As head of centre, Gill Torrance instigated this liaison for colleagues to support their development of foundational literacy through play with their 3-5 year old children.

Eveline worked with staff on one in-service day and 4 workshops at the end of the working day. These workshops gave staff an opportunity to develop their knowledge of theory around the various aspects of literacy and included a range of activities which helped them reflect deeply on their existing practice. The early years officers captured existing literacy practice which was working well, and also identified areas for development. They recognised how this new work also helped them build in the principles of 5 to Thrive and elements of nurture training. They then decided to create a Practice Guideline booklet to capture their learning, and this has become a highly practical tool which helps staff reflect in and on their practice.

Julie Milne is one of the early years officers who took advantage of this professional learning, and feels it has impacted powerfully on her understanding about foundational literacy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the image of Julie’s reflections to listen to the Vox Pop created by Gill, Julie & Fiona Gorrie, trainee Education Psychologist.

The Practice Guide has been issued to all staff working in the 3-5 room, to help them use the theories and knowledge they have acquired within their everyday practice. Staff worked together to create a list of ways in which they routinely develop phonological awareness, concept of print, fine motor skills and oral language through play. Click here to see the Practice Guidelines with its lists of ways in which staff feel this happens.

Gill observed that: “It was evident that staff confidence was raised after the workshops. Eveline captured everyone’s imagination, and had the data which inspired staff to develop their understanding and capacity.”

Here are a selection of quotes from staff members involved:

“If anything I would say we feel more confident as you have more knowledge”

” I think it gave you more of an insight into what the children were learning.”

Staff shared their development work at an open event for other early years practitioners, and Gill also presented to colleagues in the ELCC Manager’s Forum. The photos below show a slide which captures the workshop content and feedback from colleagues attending the open event.

Gill, Julie and colleagues are currently exploring ways to gather data about the impact of this work on children. They have created new observation and tracking tools and are in the early stages of gathering evidence of progress in each area of literacy. Initial observations of oral story telling demonstrate high levels of engagement by children and Julie noted that “Today a group of boys were transfixed by a scary story – for ten minutes. It was a spur of the moment opportunity to establish how much their active listening and engagement had progressed”. Julie has just begun to explore the tracking of phonological awareness – watch this space to see how this develops.

 

April 17, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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News from the latest National Literacy Network Meeting

Yvonne McBlain & Yvonne Manning, Falkirk Children’s Services literacy development team members attended the latest Education Scotland National Literacy Network meeting on 15th March 2019 (note aims in slide below & click here to view the full presentation for the network meeting day). Representatives from each Regional Collaborative were seated together for the first time, meaning that “the Yvonnes” were able to work with colleagues from our neighbouring authorities as well as those from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Notes from agenda items:

Education Scotland Update on literacy teamJane Renton assistant director Education Scotland introduced the new national literacy team: Paul Morgan & Helen Fairlie, Senior Education Officers, Literacy and English, Kirsten Hume, Lesley Lennon and Julie Jamieson, Education Scotland Literacy and English Development Officers.

The team provided a guided tour of the new “One stop shop” Literacy for All hub in Glow –  “the Yvonnes” will send all establishments the link to this hub once it is officially launched in August-September 2019.

The Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools 5 year national strategy was shared – see slide above for strategy.  A Glow one-stop shop Librarian Hub – is also under construction.

Applications for the Scottish Education Awards 2019 have come from all sectors and will be judged in April/May and celebrated at the awards ceremony in June. The best applications embedded literacy well throughout the curriculum, and shared established practice which evidenced impact on learners.

There have been 18 applications to run seminars in raising attainment in literacy at the Scottish Learning Festival in September 2019. The focus this year is on achieving excellence and equity through:

  • Creating a culture of empowerment that enables everyone involved in the system to contribute to the agenda of improvement
  • The importance of wellbeing in developing a healthy, successful learning community.

The latest ACER National Report for 2017/18 – including SNSA summary overview is available by clicking here

The QAMSO literacy programme continues to develop and evolve – the  second round of moderation events will take place in May/June and will look at achievement of a level in reading/writing/listening and talking from early to fourth levels.

Click on the following links to view new literacy Resources which were highlighted :

Jennifer Harwood School Communities Officer,  Scottish Book Trust described the new Bookbug app and shared First Minister’s Reading Challenge resources (Submissions due by 1st May 2019 – new submission advice is available via “Your Reading Journey through Film” animation) – a new app is also being developed with pupils for secondary schools), a HGIOS 4 resource, and author live videos are available through scottishbooktrust.com

Professor Sue Ellis, University of Strathclyde then asked us to consider What should we think about for equitable literacy teaching? What kinds of teacher knowledge, skills, actions and guidance are required to create a truly inclusive literacy curriculum, one that challenges everyone whilst narrowing the gap between rich and poor.  Click here to read more.

Each RIC group had time to explore how they support planning and progression of literacy – “the Yvonnes” shared our Falkirk Literacy and English Progression Pathways.

In the afternoon, we heard from Mary Ann Hagan, HMI – click here to read her update on Literacy within the Scottish Attainment Challenge. Then David Swinney, Subject Implementation Manager, Scottish Qualifications Agency, provided an update and spoke about SQA English NQ resources & SQA update subscription sign up

April 17, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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Key Messages from Sue Ellis about Attainment & Equity in Literacy and English

Professor Sue Ellis, University of Strathclyde, addressed the Education Scotland National Literacy Network audience with a seminar entitled “What should we think about for equitable literacy teaching? Click here to find out more about Sue & her research, and here to see her presentation. Yvonne McBlain has summarised her key points below:

 

Why is Literacy teaching so hard to get right? Two problematic areas – each with implications:
• Literacy is a social practice and reading is a habit of mind and language, not just autonomous knowledge and skills
• In progressing learning, teachers work to a broad horizon, not a linear track so pathways to progression vary – children will get there in different ways.

Literacy as a social practice:

  • Literacy and numeracy – all learning – is shaped by families and communities
  • What we learn depends on what we think something is for – is it about pleasure & relaxation, work, or just irrelevant?
  • How we engage depends on how familiar or unfamiliar something appears
  • How quickly we ‘learn’ depends on how we engage & on how well the differences between the familiar and unfamiliar are bridged – this is intellectual, social & emotional
  • Schools make assumptions and often need stronger and more careful bridge-building
  • For many children from low literacy backgrounds school is their main literacy experience: they learn what we teach.
  • So what do we teach? Is reading about pleasure & relaxation? About ‘having a go and being
    adventurous?’ About making different meanings & thinking new thoughts? About connecting reading to life? Or is it about worksheets & getting it right? Reading texts only if you know all the words and the sounds? Does the way we teach reading define & grade, or does it create friendships & laughter?
  • Schools can make assumptions and can also skew the focus (Ellis 2018)

Language as a habit of mind/ the pedagogy of poverty

Sue suggested that some phonetic approaches might present literacy/reading as a right/wrong or isolated and disconnected activity which lacks relevance and seems confusing to children. She encouraged consideration of teaching approaches which help children “think across the text”.  Sue described how important being read to was, and advocated the use of good picture books (particularly with early readers), listening and talking about texts and reading beyond the current capability of the child.

Sue quoted Martin Haberman:

“Before we can make workers, we must first make people, but people are not made – they are conserved and grown” 

This quote fits well with Sue/Strathclyde University development of the “3 domain model” – to help educators recognise the interdependence of each domain, and to demonstrate that focusing on any one alone in our teaching of literacy is not enough.

“The pedagogy of poverty does not work. Youngsters achieve neither a minimum level of life skills nor what they are capable of learning. The classroom atmosphere created by constant teacher direction and student compliance seethes with passive resentment that sometimes bubbles up into overt resistance. Teachers burn out because of the emotional and physical energy that they must expend to maintain their authority every hour of everyday.”

What intrinsic messages does our current curriculum send about literacy – might we have overlooked negative messages for pupils which do not fit their cultural context? Have we considered how to bridge the intellectual, social and emotional domains for pupils? Are we using the flexibility of Curriculum for Excellence to reflect upon and choose the best literacy approaches for our pupils?

 

 

Sue powerfully promoted reading to secondary pupils daily also – particularly so that they become familiar with the different types and conventions of each subject’s texts and social practices.

Would adopting a less generic literacy approach across secondary departments strengthen pupil understanding of literacy as a social practice which is essential to all aspects of their lives now and in the future regardless of the discipline they opt to follow?

“There is no “one” literacy but many disciplinary literacies.” (Ellis 2018)

How to effectively bridge between life and school?

  1. Values around books & reading – beliefs about why we read; ideas of what’s reading about.
  2. Show don’t tell: spaces to learn that books are relaxing, social, good fun.
  3. Use what children know about the world- the kinds of knowledge they have to bring, and ensure the bookstock embraces it, attend to how it makes them feel
  4. Knowledge/skills and experiences for reading: the ‘reading scheme’ is not enough!

Sue challenged current practice by exploring the ethics of differentiation, including the use of broad banding or setting pupils for literacy. If the pathway to impact is best coming from (or being bridged by) the cultural and personal domains, then we should not talk/think about able/less able readers – but about experienced and inexperienced readers. She agreed that data is needed to inform the most valuable interventions, but proposed careful consideration and “problematization” of what sort might be best – proposing that SNSA data is valuable when combined with teacher judgement and other evidence to inform the best next steps for learners.

Sue then asked us to question how we use this data – to what extent does it actually predict future achievements? She emphasised that pupil progress is not linear & shared research which suggests that teachers tend to teach to predictions – thereby imposing a ceiling on pupils’ learning. The slide above shows the percentage of pupils (England) whose test scores accurately reflected actual future achievements! Across all levels, 91% of pupils under or over-shot their predicted attainment score. (Becky Allen: Datalab) Sue expressed doubts about the predictive capacity of testing, suggesting that longer term studies are required but in the meantime, we should strive to do no further harm – but take time to consider current policy and practice regarding setting, streaming, grouping and whether traditional differentiation actually limits and constrains rather than supports and helps learners grow.

Returning to the 3 domains, Sue concluded with the bullet list in the slide below.

March 12, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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Carron PS Pupils Read Around the Camp Fire

On 26th February 2019, staff and pupils at Carron PS held their second highly successful “Read around the camp fire” event. Yvonne McBlain thoroughly enjoyed popping in and being part of this rather magical experience.

For pupils, the evening consisted of coming back to school in the dark and getting comfy around their very own camp fire with their classmates while being read to by their teacher. As can be seen from the photos, pupils snuggled, reclined and were mesmerised by the tales told – teachers modelling excellent story-telling and thoroughly engaging their audience.

For parents, there was an initial information session sharing the educational reasons for hosting this kind of event – enabling them to understand how it assists the school’s ongoing aim to improve pupils reading skills. Primary 7 class teachers Kayleigh Docherty and Linsey Archibald led this session, explaining how their initiative was inspired by the research findings of Sue Ellis – that encouraging children to develop a love of reading was key to closing the attainment gap. Read more about this research by clicking here.

The journey towards encouraging this love of reading has so far included a Harry Potter night with themed activities, being shortlisted for an award for their First Minister’s Reading Challenge video (click here to view), and generally inspiring pupils who previously were disinterested in reading to become passionate readers who love even the sight of new books!

From the pupil consultation which they ensured was part of this development process, Kayleigh and Linsey increased the variety and number of books available to pupils, as well as building more dedicated reading time into their curriculum. They worked with our service librarian and Learning Resource Service to create library areas in each classroom and instigated a reading buddies programme across the school. There is now a very successful and popular Tuesday lunchtime reading club which pupils think is “so much fun”, in addition to the numerous events planned across the school year to encourage and celebrate reading.

Linsey and Kayleigh shared the results of their pupil/parent survey to demonstrate their impact on enjoyment of reading – 75% of pupils reported an improvement of school encouragement to read, there was a 13% increase in the amount of reading time by pupils each day, and 69% of parents feel their child enjoys reading at home – this represents a 14% increase from last session. Despite all of this, Linsey and Kayleigh feel they still have lots they would like to do including the creation of indoor and outdoor spaces to read, and a community library based in their school. There are also plans for further work with our service librarian, a new China reading challenge, book swap shops, quizzes and other fun events.

Following this presentation, parents moved outdoors to join their children for the reading around the camp fire – collecting hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows en route! The children were obviously engrossed in the stories being read to them, and Yvonne thoroughly enjoyed wandering between  camp fires catching snippets of stories and absorbing the unusually buzzing atmosphere of a busy school playground at night.

March 11, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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Visual Literacy as a means of developing pupil understanding of inference

Jonathan Davidson, class teacher at Bantaskin PS and Yvonne McBlain, curriculum support teacher based in Camelon Education Centre, recently collaborated to deliver a new professional learning course called “Exploring inference through visual literacy, thinking skills & questioning”.

These slides from Jonathan’s presentation capture why visual literacy is such an important skill for learning, life and work – particularly in our modern, digital age when children and young people are constantly bombarded by visual information.

The course began with a practical analysis of a packaged food/drink product – we were asked to examine the visual and literal clues of the package in order to infer the type of customer being targeted. We recognised that this activity was easily adaptable in the classroom and  could be part of an interdisciplinary link between literacy, art & design, health and wellbeing or technology, depending on how it was taught.

Jonathan then shared his presentation – click here to view – and led a very successful See-Think-Wonder activity with the group using the picture below. This Making Thinking Visible approach (click here to learn more)  is powerfully simple and adaptable for lots of purposes across learning including as an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their ability to apply their understanding, analysing and evaluating in unfamiliar contexts.

Participants in the course then used the Falkirk Literacy & English Progression Pathways to examine which experiences and outcomes involved the development of understanding of inference. They felt that the most overt development of these skills was in the lines of development for Talking and Listening – Understanding, analysing and evaluating LIT 0-07a – 4-07a and also for the same organiser in Reading LIT 0-16a – 416a & ENG 0-17a -4-17a – see pictures below. However, discussion made it clear that these skills are developed and applied holistically across many literacy and other curricular experiences.

 

 

 

 

The last part of the session gave participants time to assimilate what they had heard and experienced, then work collaboratively to plan/create a lesson which they could use in their setting. They kindly handed in these ideas so that they could be scanned and shared – click here to access.

March 5, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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What P6M at St Margaret’s PS do to improve their writing

 

Primary 6 pupils from St Margaret’s PS are delighted to be sharing how they use the visualiser to help them with their writing. A visualiser is a camera that projects your work onto the  interactive white board. We put our work under the visualiser so that the class can help us improve our writing. They spot our mistakes and help us improve them.

 

 

A typical P6 writing lesson

A typical P6 writing lesson begins with Miss McKenzie giving us a topic to focus on. We then do some writing exercises to get in the right mind-set. Sometimes we continue author’s stories e.g. The Elephant Train! Caity said “I enjoy my writing and find I can express myself.” After we’ve finished our writing we put it under the visualiser or we assess someone’s work. We then point out our positives, next steps and marvellous mistakes. “Sometimes we make mistakes but we always learn from them.” said Lily-Grace.

Opinions about our writing

Theo pointed out that “At the start of each term we do an assessment to determine what level we are at.”In our writing we like to share what we’ve done during the time given. We also enjoy writing imaginative, fictional stories.  Here are some of our thoughts on our writing:

“I really enjoy writing, even though I don’t always meet my target that I set for myself” Emily F

“I’m not the best at writing, but one day I think I will enjoy it more than now.” Anna B

“I think I make great stories and I should improve my hand writing.” Jake

“I find that having a set target encourages me to think more about my writing.” Rachel D

 

How we use the visualiser

We use the visualiser when we are writing. It helps us because we get feedback on our work. We call mistakes “Marvellous Mistakes” because we all learn from them. It also makes it sound more positive. We use “Next Steps” to correct our class mates’ writing – they are things that you could improve on or change. We also use the visualiser to find “Positive Points” in our writing. We usually use it half-way through our writing so we can fix the corrections of our first half. Everyone finds the visualiser very helpful in our class – Rachel G explained “I enjoy writing and sometimes make mistakes but that is OK because I learn from them“!

We will finish our blog post with a few more opinions about writing:

Writing helps you develop your skills, VCOP, imagination and hand writing” Violet

I find it hard but I always get through it.” Daisy – we think this shows that we have growth mind sets and determination towards our learning!

Thank you for reading our blog post, here are some tips to improve your writing:

  • neatness
  • silence when you are writing
  • imagination
  • vocabulary
  • pictures

Yvonne McBlain, curriculum support teacher and Miss McKenzie, class teacher for primary 6M were delighted to support the creation of this blog post by the pupils. First, each group of pupils in the class analysed a blog post as a text. They discussed the purpose of this type of writing, then planned their very first blog post. The pupils also organised themselves into collaborative groups with specific tasks to get the post written as efficiently as possible. Each group created their copy, then took it for typing up and publication in this blog post.

Miss McKenzie will Tweet the link to this blog post so that our writing work can be shared with parents, carers and relatives who use Twitter to follow what we do in school. We hope those who read this post enjoy finding our more about how we develop and improve our writing skills and look forward to any comments people choose to leave us below. 

March 1, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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Let’s talk about enjoyment & choice in Literacy & English

On 5th February 2019 Yvonne McBlain facilitated a fascinating collegiate discussion about enjoyment and choice across literacy and English with a small group of primary teachers and principal teachers. This post is designed to share key points from this discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

We began by looking at the relevant experiences and outcomes within listening and talking, reading and writing, then considered where and how these were developed within and across the 4 contexts of the curriculum pictured above. It occurred to us that there were opportunities for wider achievement which addressed these E & Os including: Young Writers (click here to find out more), and  Mother Tongue/Other Tongue poetry competitions (click here), and the First Minister’s Reading Challenge (click here to view).

The tasks we identified from this part of the discussion  as being useful were:

  1. Create holistic groups/bundles of literacy experiences and outcomes for these and other learning activities
  2. Define how these are currently done in our schools
  3. Consider what this learning looks like in each class/stage – how do we ensure progression in these E & Os?

The picture shows the diagram we used to capture our discussion – click on it to hear Yvonne’s audio tour.

 

 

February 18, 2019
by Y. McBlain
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What Denny Primary 1 Pupils Think of Their Writing

Yvonne McBlain was delighted to be invited in to talk to Denny primary 1 pupils about their writing – Click here to read her previous blog post about the Talk for Writing programme being used by class teachers Brenda Bennie and Amanda Gardner at Denny PS.

Oliver chose his favourite page of writing and took the photograph on the left – when asked how he felt about it he said “Good, cos it’s very good and I like it.”

Felix photographed his whole storybook then said “I’m so impressed with it – people say it’s really good. Sometimes I get mistakes wrong but that’s ok because we learn. I get to take it home today. I’m gonna show my mum and dad and they’ll read it to me and they’ll say “WOW, you wroted a whole book and it’s called Baby Golden Eagle”!

 

 

 

 

Orla and Abi showed Mrs McBlain how they used their character as a pointer when they read their stories. They are in the Bluebell group and used dotted letters to help them write their stories. Orla thinks this is “really good because some of it has dotty writing and we have to trace over it and sometimes Mrs Bennie writes it (words needed for the story) on her book and it helps us”. Abi added that “some people have blank sheets to do it all themselves.” (write independently)

Both girls were also very proud of their story books – Orla said “I say 10 out of 10. I love it. I can’t wait to take it home – show it to my mum.” “I say 11! I can’t wait to show it to my friend.” exclaimed Abi.

Other pupils in the class were so proud of their writing that they asked to be photographed with their books. Well done everyone and happy reading!

 

 

 

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