“Language and Literacy are of personal, social and economic importance. Our ability to use language lies at the centre of the development and expression of our emotions, our thinking, our learning and our sense of personal identity”
Curriculum for Excellence, May 2009
There are two main aspects of the languages area of the curriculum. The first aspect covers experiences and outcomes in the language a young person needs to engage fully in their learning and in society- whether that is English, Gaelic or, for young people who need additional support, the means of communication which enables them to communicate most effectively. The second aspect covers experiences and outcomes in a modern language. In Wemyss Bay, French is taught throughout the school, with Spanish being introduced at Second Level. French and Spanish words and phrases are used across the curriculum and children learn through listening and talking, games and songs.
Language is at the core of thinking. We develop our ideas, communicate and reflect through language. Language and the development of literacy skills help young people achieve their potential and become active members of society who can contribute through their ideas and work. In Wemyss Bay, we foster a love of reading. Literature opens up new horizons, and a love of reading can be an important starting point for lifelong learning. We have a range of books available to children in class and in the school library. Talking and listening for thinking is developed across all stages in the school and is used in every curricular area. The teaching of writing takes place within the area of language but also in many other curricular areas. We develop skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as creative and expressive language. Pupils re encouraged to write with an increasing degree of independence, improved organisation and audience awareness.