Reading is so very important to enhance all children’s learning. At the early stages, please do read to your child regularly. Look at the pictures and talk about what might happen next or which picture or character they like the best and why. Encourage your child to read fiction and non-fiction books, magazines about their interests, national geographic for kids, newspapers for children, etc.
At Bower Primary, we follow Highland models for reading (highland literacy project, emerging literacy) which uses a variety of texts to help the children to learn about reading and different types of writing too. P1 parents will be given a booklet explaining what this involves and will also learn a little about this during the P1 information session in Term 4. In the P5/6/7 class, we use accelerated reading alongside core reading, which allows pupils to focus in on their own specific reading targets and select books with appropriate challenge when they are reading for pleasure.
Children are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes. Much written work is related to ‘topic’ or Social Studies. Children are encouraged to develop skills needed for the future: taking notes, looking up in reference books, recording data etc. A high standard of handwriting and spelling is encouraged. This year we are developing Wrap around Spelling across the whole school as a phonological approach to the teaching of spelling
Children are encouraged to listen and respond to adults and other children. When possible, we encourage opportunities for the older children to support the younger children in their learning. They have opportunities to take part in group and class discussions as well as giving talks to the class. The P4-P7 children especially enjoy and benefit from their ‘Media News’ sessions.