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 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 →
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 →
The RED Book Award is Falkirk Council’s Book Award in which each secondary school in the authority participate. RED stands for Read, Enjoy, Debate and is all about reading for enjoyment and stimulating lively debate about books. https://twitter.com/readenjoydebate?lang=en The award … Continue reading →
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and … Continue reading →
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 →
The purpose of the National Improvement Hub is to provide information and support which will enable practitioners to improve their practice quickly and increase the quality of learners’ experiences and outcomes. The National Improvement Hub will provide practitioners with access … Continue reading →