Competence and confidence in all aspects of literacy, including competence in grammar and spelling and the spoken word are all essential for progress in all areas of the curriculum. Our ability to use language lies at the centre of the development and expression of our emotions, our thinking, our learning and our personal sense of identity. At Keiss our approach to the teaching of literacy is through Highland Literacy approaches which we use for the teaching of reading, writing and talking and listening. We use the Oxford Reading Tree in the early stages and Treetops supplemented by a range of other books and novels in the upper stages. In the P4-7 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. We use Jolly Phonics and follow the phonic guidelines within the Highland Literacy Programme. Spelling is taught through a range of games and activities and this year we are implementing Wrap around Spelling as a whole school phonological approach to spelling. The Highland Literacy approach supports the use of group and collaborative learning and this further provides opportunities for the development of listening and talking skills.

Information based on Keiss Primary School and Nursery

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