Category Archives: Literacy and English

Learning Families – Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning

“All of the programmes featured in this publication by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning  share valuable experiences and lessons. They reflect a view of effective learning families whereby each child is a member of a family, and within a learning family every member is a lifelong learner. Among disadvantaged families and communities in particular, a family literacy and learning approach is more likely to break the intergenerational cycle of low education and literacy skills..” (Elfert and Hanermann 2014)

http://uil.unesco.org/fileadmin/keydocuments/Literacy/en/learning-families.pdf

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/

Family Learning Research

This report presents findings from a study of family literacy programmes in England carried out by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) between July 2013 and May 2015. This mixed-methods study was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and explored: 1) the impact of school-based family literacy programmes on young children’s progress in reading and writing; and 2) how parents translate and implement what they learn in these classes into the home literacy environment. This study provides evidence that after attending family literacy sessions children improve their literacy skills and there are positive changes in the home literacy environment.

http://www.nrdc.org.uk/?p=838

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/

Literacy Across Learning – Reading for Achievement in your classroom – the story so far…

On 26th March 2016, Education Scotland ran the literacy event ‘Reading for achievement in your classroom’.  And what a day it was! The event engaged with 70 delegates from secondary schools across Scotland but we didn’t want this just to be for those who could make it. One of the aims for the day was to keep the learning going after the event and as a result our literacy community has really heated up.

Delegates were asked to sign up in pairs comprising of one literacy specialist and one non-specialist in order to discuss literacy across learning in all subject areas and we were thrilled that so many schools were able to give staff the chance to attend the event in pairs.

The importance of literacy across learning and why it is the responsibility of all was addressed in the presentations given by Helen Fairlie and Madelaine Baker. The group shared their thoughts and ideas enthusiastically and we really had a chance to consider our own roles in improving literacy – and how that role can help change life chances and address the attainment gap.

Workshops offered further professional dialogue around Tracking, HGIOS 4, Literacy and the library and Focus on reading. There was lively debate and groups worked together to improve their understanding and to develop ideas to take back to school.

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As the day developed, so did our SWAY – don’t know what a SWAY is?  You can see a preview of this at the bottom of this blog . It can be viewed in full by logging into GLOW and accessing the Readachieve page. Don’t forget to check out the carousel slides on the literacy blether which give you a direct link to all our resources!

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We added  videos of all of the presentations  from the literacy team as well as the 5 minute shout out videos from secondary school practitioners from across Scotland.  Materials including power point slides are also available.

In the afternoon, delegates made  a pledge to develop literacy across learning in their own schools. The pledges were uploaded and you can see them on the #readachieve page.

We will be following up the pledges with our delegates in spring/summer term to see how they are getting on.

If you want to join in the conversation and get the chance to follow the #readachieve story, make your own pledge or share work that you are doing in your own school, join the community at Readachieve or follow our twitter feed @lal_edscot.

You can also engage in professional learning and find helpful advice and support on literacy across learning at Literacy Across Learning.

You can get a sneak preview of the day’s events below. More will become available if you sign up to the literacy blether. Use #readachieve when you sign up and I will advise you how to get involved.

 

 

 

GIFTING EVERY CHILD TRADITIONAL ARTS RESOURCE

Whit sangs, tales an dauncin culd we gie ilka bairn in Scotlan fir a richt guid handsel? Tae stert oot wi as a smidgin, a wee seed whilk micht graw intae muckle trees o pleisur an wunner. Here’s a wee mindin tae begin wi fir aabody, reidy tae yaise an free tae aa.

Dè na h-òrain, sgeulachdan, dannsaichean, agus cleachdaidhean tradaiseanta nan ràithean, air am bu chòir do gach leanabh no pàiste ann an Alba a bhith eòlach? Dè tha buntainn leotha as bith cò às a tha iad, no dè an cultar no an cànan a th’ aca?

What songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs should every child in Scotland know? What belongs to them regardless of origin, culture or language? Presented in a simple online format incorporating text, audio, video and helpful guidelines, Gifting Every Child provides a manageable and accessible introduction to the traditional arts that can easily be put to use in the classroom, club, community hall or family sitting room.

In providing educators, parents, teachers and anyone else who wishes to engage in creative work with children with an accessible selection of some of the best examples of the traditional arts, we in turn gift the children with an introduction to Scotland’s creative culture and indigenous languages, which could serve them a lifetime of benefit.

Incorporating a multimedia format of text, audio files (both streamable and downloadable) and video, the resource is easily downloadable and ideally designed to suit various abilities and levels of interest – whether you want to meticulously engage with each piece of the resource, or pick and choose from what is available. Guest editors Bea Ferguson (story), Christina Stewart (song) and Mats Melin (dance) have years of experience in their respective fields, and especially in engaging with children and education. The inclusion of Gaelic and Scots throughout is vitally important, with the material provided also being broadly targeted at the 6 to 9 age group.

In the second stage of this project, TRACS plans to develop the Gifting Every Child model across communities through a series of workshops, and by promoting local practitioners able to support creative work with children. The public are warmly invited to add their own local or family favourites to the collection, thus making this a collaborative project in which everyone living in Scotland can tap into our rich creative culture.

View or download the resources for free at: Gifting Every Child

View the Promo Video

For further information please contact:

Morag Wells | Digital & Languages Apprentice | TRACS morag@scottishstorytellingcentre.com | 0131 556 9579

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FAVOURITE SCOTTISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2016 REVEALED (3-7 age group)

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Midlothian-based author Simon Puttock, who lives in Newtongrange won the Bookbug Reader’s (3-7 yrs) category for his picture book Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, illustrated by Ali Pye. Published by Nosy Crow, the book follows Mouse on her first day at Miss Moon’s Moonlight School for all the small creatures of the night, but she is very shy, too shy to even say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and her new friends Bat, Cat and Owl, a game of hide-and-seek makes Mouse feel right at home.

Simon Puttock

Simon is no stranger to the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, having won a 2006 Award for Little Lost Cowboy, and appearing on both the 2008 and 2010 shortlists. Born in New Zealand, he travelled all over the world with his family as a child. He wanted to be a vet when he was little, but grew up to become a bookseller. He was particularly interested in children’s books and was chosen to be a Children’s Whitbread judge. He has since become a full-time writer, creating over 30 children’s books.

Commenting on his win, Simon said:

“What does it mean to me to win the award? Apart from it meaning me being enormously (but happily) surprised, it means being able to take huge pleasure in the fact that Ali’s and my book is out there, having an unpredictable but entirely satisfactory life of its own. What more could we wish for?”

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Have you read the story to children? What interests them in the story? How do you make the story come alive? Tell via Twitter or share your ideas via Glow Early Learn

World Book Day – How to Plan Your Own Book Launch

Small - World Book DayHave you ever thought of planning your own book launch in school? Mossneuk Primary did and you can hear from them how they did it!

Enjoy World Book Day this year with an insight in to how to run your own book launch in your school. The pupils at Mossneuk Primary School in East Kilbride did exactly that and planned their own event with author Paul Murdoch, children’s author of The Citadel and The Talisman. The pupils will share with you all the steps that they went through from initial planning and working with Waterstones to the day itself and what they would do differently next time. Paul Murdoch will also be there to let you know what it was like from his perspective too! Join us to ask all your questions and start planning your own book launch.

Sign up and join us live on Thursday 3rd March at 9.30am – World Book Day – How to Plan Your Own Book Launch

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Scottish Book Trust: Every Toddler in Scotland to Receive Free Song and Rhyme CD

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Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, has today (24 February 2016) unveiled a brand new music CD which will be given out free to every toddler in Scotland.

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Featuring a collection of traditional and contemporary songs and rhymes, including a special bonus track from Dolly Parton’s “I Believe in You” Imagination Library album, the CD will be gifted by health visitors directly to parents in the Bookbug Toddler Bag.

The collection of music was put together by a variety of talented musicians and singers and young children. Working in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland and with funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, Scottish Book Trust invited musician, Marianne Fraser to undertake a music residency at the Fort Early Years Centre in Leith. The findings of this residency were then used to inform the development of the new CD.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People said:
“Improving literacy in our children and young people is a key priority for this Government and we know that learning begins long before school. That’s why we are investing in initiatives like Bookbug which encourages parents to play a part in their child’s learning through fun activities like reading and singing. This helps a child’s development and can give them the skills and abilities that will make it easier for them to keep learning as they grow. These new CDs are a fantastic addition to the Bookbug pack and will be enjoyed by children and families across the country.”

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57,500 copies of the Bookbug Toddler CD have been produced to include in the Bookbug Toddler Bag which will be gifted to every toddler in Scotland in March 2016.

For more information go to the Scottish Booktrust website

Reading for Achievement in your classroom – Professional Learning Event (secondary)

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Reading for achievement in your classroom

 

A professional learning opportunity for all secondary teachers

 

 

 

Date:              Wednesday 16th March 2016

Venue:           Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4AE

http://www.stirlingcourthotel.com/contact-us/find-us/

 

Focus: Literacy as the responsibility of all secondary teachers.

You will have the opportunity to engage with leaders of learning from all subject areas in order to explore how to improve the learning and teaching of literacy skills in all subject classrooms and learning contexts.

 

Buddy up!  Registration is open to pairs of secondary teachers.  We’re looking to work with teachers from across all subject areas so a maximum of one English teacher per pair, please!

 

Commitment: By participating you will undertake a minimum of 6 hours of CLPL, which will include up to 2 hours of online activity before the event.

 

Before Preparation using online community 1-2 hours (approx.)
During Presentations and workshops on the day 4 hours
After Collaborative work with colleagues back at school 1 hour +

 

Programme Aims

  • Engage in professional dialogue about literacy with colleagues from across schools and subject areas
  • Improve knowledge and understanding of teaching reading across the school
  • Build capacity for leadership of literacy across learning
  • Plan for impact in your school by planning professional learning activities
  • Build an online professional learning community focused on improving literacy across learning

 

5 minute shout outs  Trying out a bright idea for improving classroom practice for literacy across learning in your school?  Maybe it’s well established in your school?  Maybe it’s something that you’re piloting?  We’d love to hear about it in one of our five minute slots.

REGISTRATION OPENS FRIDAY 26TH MARCH.

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Divided City: From Novel to Musical Play

Small- Divided CityThis hour long session on Thursday 25th February at 1.45pm will be an opportunity to ask author Theresa Breslin about her novel Divided City and its journey to become a musical play that has now been seen by over 20,000 pupils and adults.

Theresa will be joined by playwright Martin Travers who adapted Divided City for the stage. The Citizens Theatre has developed a Resource Pack which will allow teachers to lead fun and interactive activities with their pupils, exploring sectarianism, discrimination and intolerance; focusing on the characters and plot from Divided City.

You can download the free Divided City Resource Pack here: http://citz.co.uk/take_part/resources/

This session is suitable for upper primary pupils/ lower secondary pupils and teachers.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – Divided City: From Novel to Musical Play

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2016

Small - BBBQ2016Join over 120 primary schools in Fife for this year’s final of the amazing BIG Book Brains Quiz on Wednesday 17th February at 10am. Test your book brains against the crème de la crème of Fife’s readers.

Our teams have all been chosen from the winners of our Reading Challenges and Quiz Heats that have run over the last six months. As well as competing for some fabulous prizes, our champions have the chance to be ‘Librarians for a Day’ and select £500 worth of books for their school library sponsored by Scotia and Chameleon Books in Kilsyth.

You are all invited to tune in and rise to the challenge as you pit your book knowledge against our stars! Compered by Jonathan Meres, hilarious author of The World of Norm books, all schools joining us on Glow will have the chance to send a shout out to wish our teams good luck and the chance to win some great spot prizes.

Don’t miss it, sign up now! The event runs from 10am – 12 noon with a break for lunch, then we’ll be back at 1.30pm to announce the 2016 winners at our Award Ceremony.- Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2016.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.