Tag: literacy

Writing About Film: Critical Essays

Tuesday 7th December | 4.30pm-5.30pm

Analysing films is a wonderful option for English teachers, introducing new skills to pupils and allowing those who struggle to access written texts to show off their analytical abilities. However, it can be daunting for teachers to translate their knowledge and understanding of critical essay writing for prose or poetry to film.

In this session for Secondary English teachers Gail Robertson, Film Education Officer at Screen Scotland – and an ex-English/Media teacher – will outline ways to approach the study of a film with a critical essay for English as the end point. She will cover both BGE and NQ levels, discussing film choice, using evidence, scene analysis and structuring a response.

This session is ideal for English teachers new to film education, but also for more experienced teachers looking for some new inspiration!

Sign up via CPD Manager, course ID: 76928
Contact Chiara Sportelli – Literacy Workstream

Colourful Semantics

Webinar,Thursday 28th October at 4pm
Sign up via CPD Manager (course ID: 76750)

Join Louise Illingworth from FV Speech and Language as she provides an introduction to Colourful Semantics.

The Colourful Semantics approach provides an engaging, dynamic way to support children’s language development. By coding sentences using colour, symbols and signs, this visual approach aims to:
• Teach how to understand and build sentences
• Teach understanding of question words
• Develop vocabulary and increase sentence complexity
• Increase range and complexity of verbs
• Improve children’s written language skills

Contact Chiara Sportelli – Literacy Workstream

Disciplinary Literacy CLPL Opportunities

Disciplinary Literacy 1 – An Introduction to Disciplinary Literacy
Monday 27th September at 4pm, Webinar. Course ID: 76134
Disciplinary Literacy 2 – Reading
Monday 25th October at 4pm, Webinar. Course ID: 76161
Disciplinary Literacy 3 – Writing
Monday 29th November at 4pm, Webinar. Course ID 76162

How do we get secondary pupils to read like a geographer, write like a biologist or talk like a mathematician? This series is for secondary practitioners who want to know what disciplinary literacy is and how it can be used in their teaching. Over the course of the three sessions, we will cover how pupils learn best when they are immersed in the vocabulary and nuances of their subject (session 1), with a specific focus on reading (session 2) and writing (session 3). Participants will be supported at every stage of the process as they trial and create subject-specific strategies to embed into their practice and help their pupils to reach their potential.

Sign up for each session via CPD Manager or contact John Sherry for more information.

Screen Scotland: Film Literacy Sessions

Primary Practitioners: 10th June at 4pm
Secondary Practitioners: 17th June at 4pm

Join us for the first of our sessions with Screen Scotland which will highlight the benefits of teaching Film Literacy in the classroom.

The session will:
*provide information about a new strategic partnership between FVWL RIC Literacy and Screen Scotland and a series
of planned webinars;
*introduce the “three Cs” of film literacy (critical; cultural and creative);
*provide guidelines for film making;
*share Screen Scotland resources.

Sign up via CPD Manager:
Primary Session – course ref: RicLit29 course ID: 74752.

Secondary Session – course ref: RicLit30 course ID: 74751.

Collaborative Literacy: Literacy Through Play

25th May at 4pm

Our second session sharing good practice in developing Literacy skills through play pedagogy.

This session will cover the classroom environment, structure of the day and comparison of structured play as opposed to free flow play which enables literacy discoveries. We will also hear about developing writing though IDL and Play Pedagogy – looking at different genres though this approach, setting up the environment to engage learners and encourage the writing process.

Sign up either via CPD Manager or by emailing RIC Literacy PT Chiara Sportelli: sportellic14s@glow.sch.uk

Achieving high quality interactions through collaborative practice in Early Years: the impact on children’s language development

Wednesday 12th May 4pm – 5pm
Sign up via CPD Manager

This session presented by FV Speech and Language Therapy will address the prevalence and impact of communication difficulties in Early years. We will look at:

  • the size of the problem and the impact on children and young people
  • adult /child interaction and language building
  • play-based, child-centred strategies that support language development
  • Clackmannanshire LIFT project – an overview of the SAC LIFT project in the ‘wee county’ and the impact on
    children and young people

Collaborative Literacy: Literacy Through Play

11th May at 4pm

Join us for our first ‘Literacy Through Play’ event for Primary practitioners which will kick off a series of Literacy focussed sessions providing the opportunity for FVWL colleagues to share good practice and build a collaborative network.

This session will cover the progression of teaching Literacy through a play-based pedagogy in Primary 1 and Primary 2. We will discuss what a typical week would look like within Literacy, covering both the formal teaching aspect as well as developing Literacy more informally through free play. We will also share a variety of documentation and assessment strategies that we have found to be effective within Literacy.

Sign up either via CPD Manager or by emailing RIC Literacy PT Chiara Sportelli: sportellic14s@glow.sch.uk

Collaborative Literacy: Early Years

4th May 2021 at 3:30pm

We look forward to welcoming you to our third ‘Early Years Exchange’ event for Early Years practitioners in our series of Literacy focussed sessions providing the opportunity for FVWL colleagues to share good practice and build a collaborative network.
In this session we will hear from two colleagues on how they have helped develop Literacy through considering the impact of their role and working with families.

My role as EEL in promoting literacy in ELC -not the icing on the cake but part of the mix.
Through sharing my experience of my evolving role as EEL I plan to explore some of the commonly used words and phrases used to describe my role and discover what they actually mean in practical terms in the playroom and what impact they have in helping to develop children’s Literacy skills.

Literacy Together
Closing the literacy attainment gap through partnerships, supporting families through language workshops and rhyme time challenges. Working closely with Speech and language therapists to improve environments and educator’s understanding of how to support communication. Enabling connections that help all children reach their full potential.

Join us either via CPD Manager or by emailing RIC Literacy PT Chiara Sportelli: sportellic14s@glow.sch.uk

Collaborative Literacy: Early Years

16th March 2021 at 3pm

We look forward to welcoming you to our first ‘Early Years Exchange’ event for Early Years practitioners which will kick off a series of Literacy focussed sessions providing the opportunity for FVWL colleagues to share good practice and build a collaborative network.
In this session we will hear from two colleagues on how they have helped develop Literacy outdoors and build a culture promoting reading for enjoyment.
Literacy Outdoors: Reading areas are not all about cosy cushions, ivy and fairy lights. Sometimes they are repurposed tyres, swaying grass and a big dose of fresh air!
Building a Reading Culture: Developing children’s early literacy skills through play-based learning, combining practitioners’ knowledge and understanding with fun-filled family engagement.

Join us either via CPD Manager or by emailing RIC Literacy PT Chiara Sportelli: sportellic14s@glow.sch.uk

Primary Practitioners Literacy Facebook Group


A new Facebook group has been set up for FVWL RIC primary practitioners who have a responsibility for or a particular interest in all aspects of Literacy. As well as being able to share all FVWL RIC Literacy related news on the site it is intended to be a forum for sharing ideas, resources and supporting the learning and teaching of Literacy.
To join search for ‘FVWL RIC Literacy Primary Practitioners’ and please remember to answer the questions when you request to join!
For further information please contact Chiara Sportelli at sportellic14s@glow.sch.uk