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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

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!

October 30, 2017
by Y. McBlain

Welcome to our “Refreshed” Literacy Blog

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

April 12, 2016
by Y. Manning


The Scottish Government have  refreshed the Parentzone website to provide information for families on how they can support and enhance their children’s learning. Parents and carers play a vital role at all stages of a child’s education and this site offers useful … Continue reading

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