Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning, as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Being literate increases opportunities for the individual in all aspects of life, lays the foundations for lifelong learning and work, and contributes strongly to the development of all four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence.
It takes the form of Reading, Writing, Listening and Talking.
Effective Learning and Teaching in Literacy
Glashieburn aims to provide our pupils with an environment which is rich in language and which sets high expectations for literacy and the use of language. Children and young people need to spend time with stories, literature and other texts which will enrich their learning, develop their language skills and enable them to find enjoyment. Spoken language has particular importance in the early years. Teachers will balance play-based learning with more systematic development and learning of skills and techniques for reading, including phonics. Therefore, at Glashieburn we use the Emergent Literacy approach led by the Northern Alliance and also Talk for Writing created by Pie Corbett.
Effective learning and teaching in Literacy will involve a skilful mix of appropriate approaches including:
- the use of relevant, real-life and enjoyable contexts which build upon children and young people’s own experiences
- effective direct and interactive teaching
- a balance of spontaneous play and planned activities
- harnessing the motivational benefits of following children and young people’s interests through
- collaborative working and independent thinking and learning
- making meaningful links for learners across different curriculum areas
- building on the principles of Assessment is for Learning
- frequent opportunities to communicate in a wide range of contexts, for relevant purposes and for real audiences within and beyond places of learning
- the development of problem-solving skills and approaches
- the appropriate and effective use of ICT.
The balance between these approaches will vary at different stages and areas of the curriculum. We work closely with our Associated Schools Group in moderation activities.