Medical care is of-course very important for babies in neonatal care units, however talking, reading and singing to babies will comfort and soothe them, help them to relax and build bonds with their parents. Listen to the inspirational, Dr Matta, … Continue reading →
The Bookbug Picture Book Prize will be launched on Thursday 29 August 2018 – get ready to find out which 3 books will be gifted in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag this year! Scottish Book Trust are also holding free … Continue reading →
Pupils offered the following comments about being in the Fresh Start reading class at Graeme High School: At first I thought it was like being a primary pupil but now I am glad because now I can read like everyone … Continue reading →
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 →
The theme for this year’s Bookbug Week is friendship, and to help you celebrate click here to find lots of ideas and resources on the Scottish Book Trust’s website. There are lots of activities taking place in your local library, click here for details of … Continue reading →
The Writing Rammy is open to everyone, regardless of age or writing experience – everyone has a story in them! Taking part is easy: all you need to do is write a short piece of original fiction or poetry on … Continue reading →
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 →
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!
The Scottish Book Trust runs a writing competition every month inviting you to write a story in 50 words! They provide a prompt for a story to get you started. The competition includes the following categories: Young Writers 5-11 Young Writer 12-18. The … Continue reading →
We hope you like the refreshed look of our Falkirk Children’s Services Literacy Blog? Carol Turnbull, team manager with responsibility for literacy, Yvonne Manning, Yvonne McBlain and our new team of “Literacy Leaders” from every cluster, are also refreshing our Falkirk Children’s … Continue reading →