Literacy and Languages

Language is at the heart of children’s learning. Through language, children receive much of
their knowledge and acquire many of their skills.

At Lochwinnoch we teach children to:-
• Listen carefully
• Read with understanding
• Write with expression and accuracy
• Talk confidently and fluently

In doing this they will gain a sound knowledge of how language works and will become familiar
with the many ways in which it is used.
Emphasis is placed on legible handwriting, accurate spelling, correct punctuation and
presentation.
A wide range of other resources are used to teach these skills.

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Spelling
New sounds, spelling rules and common words will be taught to P1-5 in groups once a week. At P6 and P7 level, able pupils may be more independent when learning new spelling
rules. Children are regularly assessed to ensure spelling words are appropriate. Spelling
activities are incorporated throughout the week and activities are varied and challenging for
all children. Homework will consolidate the spelling being taught in class.
When writing, pupils are encouraged to self-check spelling, and underline any words they
have tried but are still unsure of. Children will be encouraged to ‘Have a go!’ at unfamiliar
words using phonics and known rules and by the end of First level, begin to use dictionaries,
spell checkers/other resources to aid spelling.


Handwriting
We aim to teach every child to write legibly, fluently and at a reasonable speed. We use Nelson
Handwriting from Nursery through to Primary 7. In the early stages we focus on fine motor
skills, fingers exercises, posture when seated and pencil grip before moving onto letter
formation and joining letters.

Listening and Talking
Listening and talking permeates through the entire curriculum. All pupils will, at some point
throughout the year, give a short presentation to the class. This may be based on the class
topic or some other aspect to the curriculum.

Modern Languages

In accordance with Renfrewshire’s 1 + 2 approach to languages, we teach French from nursery to Primary 7, and Spanish from Primary 5 to Primary 7, with staff trying to bring languages into every day use in the classroom.

 

Literacy and Languages

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