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Supporting the literacy strategy of Falkirk Children's Services

July 17, 2020
by Y. McBlain

Talking and listening skills – developing and applying through HWB during our recovery phase

        All Falkirk Council education establishments will be supporting the physical, emotional, social and mental health and well being of their learners as we respond to and recover from the disruptions of the coronavirus. This blog post … Continue reading

May 25, 2018
by Y. Manning

Interesting update 2 from the last National Literacy Network meeting

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge (FMRC) supports the Scottish Government’s ambition to tackle the attainment gap. It intends to encourage reading for pleasure and building a reading culture within schools and communities. An independent evaluation of FMRC yielded positive findings … Continue reading

February 8, 2018
by Y. Manning

Creating a Reading Culture – Inspiring Classrooms

Inspiring Classrooms is a project created by the First Minister’s Reading Challenge to help schools build and sustain a reading culture. Schools can apply to Inspiring Classrooms to receive a small grant for a project of their choice which includes … Continue reading

P7-S1 Transition – Braes Cluster

December 7, 2017 by Miss Heron | 0 comments


The Braes Cluster Literacy Working Group have been working to  develop a shared language with regards to reading comprehension across all associated schools. Part of our development work in the 2016/17 academic year involved the implementation of a transition task to be started by P7 pupils in their feeder primaries and then utilised during S1 transition visits to support critical essay writing.

The chosen text was a short story titled ‘The New Boy’, by Geddes Thomson. The children read this text in their P7 classes but the ending was not revealed until their two day visit to Braes High School. They arrived to the English Department to see their poster tasks, with annotations to reflect the six comprehension strategies for reading, displayed in the corridor. Their English lessons were then focussed upon transforming their character visualisations and inferences into a critical essay.

Positive feedback from staff and pupils upon completion of this project has encouraged our working group to devise a similar activity for May 2018 – potentially using poetry or song lyrics as the stimulus for analysis. Watch this space for further updates!

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