Literacy and English, comprises Reading, Writing and Listening and Talking.
At different stages we use a variety of resources to help your child achieve the best possible learning outcomes at each level. Most children will use Oxford Reading Tree as a core reading resource in P1-5. Children will also participate in book studies to develop critical and analytical skills and encourage discussion about different types of literature. We are currently extending reading opportunities by providing a range of novels by children’s authors, e.g Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl, Anne Fine and David Walliams.
We also provide adaptations of classic novels for senior pupils, e.g. The Brontes, Shakespeare and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Writing skills are developed at every stage using a variety of resources. We are currently implementing VCOP (Write to the Top) as a strategy to improve writing skills. As well as regular writing opportunities, our pupils work on their own mini novels, where over a three week period of extended writing development, each child becomes an author of their own book, learning how to develop a storyline, characters, plot and use vocabulary to create atmosphere and character. The children have ownership of their own ‘book’ and enjoy the excitement of a book launch where they share their book with others. Interdisciplinary themes and topics also provide a context for reinforcing and developing writing skills. This helps children to apply their literacy skills across a range of contexts.
Listening and talking skills are developed for different purposes and in a variety of contexts at all stages. Opportunities for listening and talking are provided across the curriculum, through, for example, discussion groups, class discussions, personal talks, and solo topic development. Opportunities to develop and enrich your child’s literacy skills will be provided across learning, enabling them to transfer and apply these skills in a variety of contexts.
The school was used to exemplify good learning in talking and listening for Education Scotland. This will be used to support Scottish schools in developing listening and talking skills at first and second levels. You can view our children on the Education Scotland website : SSLN – Learning and Teaching – Sharing practice – Creativity and Social Studies at Woodhead Primary School. Bringing Drama and ICT together at Woodhead Primary School
All pupils in Primary 1–7 are learning to speak French and our pupils in Primary 4-7 enjoy visits from a Chinese Language Assistant to learn a bit of Mandarin and Chinese culture.