Monday 6th December 1600 – 1700, led by Education Scotland
Its purpose is to raise awareness of the connection between Listening and Talking and current national priorities, share some practical approaches and stimulate dialogue about learning, teaching and assessment of listening and talking.
This webinar is suitable for all teachers in primary and secondary sectors including NQTS
To book, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/closing-the-gap-through-listening-and-talking-tickets-212488156797
Formerly known as holistic assessments, Education Scotland has given some advice and examples of high quality assessments in literacy, linked to the moderation cycle (now known as the learning, teaching and assessment cycle). I have attached a recent presentation on this below:
High Quality Literacy assessments (Holistic assessments)
The National Literacy Network met on the 4th November and discussed the following:
- Supporting writing
- Listening & Talking
- NIF assessments
Attached is the presentation used at the meeting which I hope might be helpful. If you have any questions about any aspect of this, I can be contacted at Clare.Bryden3@argyll-bute.gov.uk
NLN 4th November
Attached is a really good read about teaching writing in primaries and what we should be aware of, from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. You can also find the document in the folder Staff / Sharing Good Practice / Writing.
What We Know Works – Writing in Primary Schools
Calling all writers – the National Trust for Scotland are inviting sumbissions from writers of any age in English, Gaelic or Scots. They are looking for poems or short stories based on photos from their historic collections. For more information, age categories and to see the photos, visit https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/morton-writing-competition?dm_i=LQE,69UZ3,OHH8ID,OR5PH,1
The annual world book day is fast approaching. Resources and ideas to support activities at home and in the classroom can be found at https://www.worldbookday.com/
BBC Radio 2’s 500 words competition is back!
To launch it, there will be a live lesson screened at 11am on Thursday 7th February, where Charlie Higson and Frank Cottrell-Boyce will share tips, answer questions & create their own story. For more info and to find the link go to https://www.bbc.com/teach/live-lessons/500-words-2019-live-lesson/z6ydscw
The free resource pack with posters, writing tips and activities can be found at https://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/oxed/secondary/english/2019_500Words_ResourcePack.pdf
You can order short story writing notebooks for kids for £1 with the offer code ‘500 words’ at checkout from https://global.oup.com/education/product/9780192771513/?region=uk
Following the meeting of the literacy forum yesterday I thought I’d share with you a couple of useful websites that were suggested to support children’s writing through competitions.
The Scottish Book Trust have an ongoing 50 word fiction competition, where they provide a monthly prompt on a different topic – it’s then up to pupils to decide where to take it. There are categories for all-age Gaelic writers, young writers 5-11, young writers 12-18 and adult writers with prizes in each category. The current topic is fireworks with a deadline of Tuesday 29th January. For more details visit: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/the-50-word-fiction-competition
Young Writers is a website which gives links to a wide range of competitions for primary and secondary pupils. There are also book reviews, activities and games as well as supportive lesson plans. This site can be accessed at: https://youngwriters.co.uk/index
The Scottish Book Trust have lots of ideas to support Scottish Book Week – why not have a reading lunch on Thursday or vote for your favourite rebellious book? Remember that P1,2 & 3s get free books this week and there are lots of resources to support the gifting of these and to engage parents in partnership for learning. For more details visit the Scottish Book Trust site at http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland