The development of literacy skills to enable all children to access the whole curriculum is a major part of our curriculum. In the Early Years we use Jolly Phonics to teach recognition of sounds and blending skills, and the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme. In later years, generally from P4 onwards, we read novels and non-fiction texts, poetry and play scripts to ensure a broad range of reading experiences. Fostering good reading habits and reading for enjoyment is very important to us, and every year we take part in the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’. In the last two years we are proud to have achieved 100% participation in this event, which encourages all children to read six books throughout the Summer holidays. Summer 2016 was a fantabulous opportunity to read some splendiferous Roald Dahl classics!
The Summer Reading Challenge 2016
This session we are very much enjoying a new focus on reading for pleasure, as al P4-P7 pupils participate in the First Minister's Reading Challenge.
As well as investigating recent fiction and the nonfiction titles, we also focus on Scots language, and regularly celebrate the diversity and beauty of this through our annual Burns Supper, where all present learn a Scots language poem of their choice, and recite it during the festivities.
Writing lessons focus on developing vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation (VCOP) through the ‘Write to the Top’ writing scheme, but we also use the breadth of our curriculum to provide interesting and inspiring contexts for writing. In recent years we have written our own books, one fiction (the stories of Finn McCool) and two nonfiction (around our Ancient Egypt and Vikings topics).
Listening and Talking opportunities are maximised through a weekly lesson, where a variety of themes and ideas are explored, in keeping with our current learning. Particular excitement has been generated over the last few years with our regular ‘Country Days’, giving all children the opportunity to independently research our chosen country, present their findings in front of their audience, whilst older pupils use this also as an opportunity to practise note taking skills. The day is always rounded off with a snack from that country, and an exploration of art and culture.
Further information on our Language curriculum can be found in our School Handbook.