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Language and Literacy

Knowing languages and understanding other cultures is a 21st century skill set for students as they prepare to live and work in a global society.

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In Curriculum for Excellence Publications Literacy and language experience and outcomes are organised under three main headings:

  • listening and talking
  • reading
  • writing


Within these organisers there are subdivisions:


Enjoyment and choice - experiences and outcomes highlight the importance of providing opportunities for young people to make increasingly sophisticated choices.


The tools sections include important skills and knowledge: for example, in reading it includes such important matters as reading strategies, spelling and grammar.


The sections on finding and using information include, in reading, critical literacy skills; while the understanding, analysing and evaluating statements encourage progression in understanding of texts, developing not only literal understanding but also the higher order skills.


Finally, the creating texts experiences and outcomes describe the kind of opportunities which will help children and young people to develop their ability to communicate effectively, for example, by writing clear, well-structured explanations.


We recognise that effective learning and teaching in literacy and English 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 responsive planning
  • 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.

Take a look at our school language and literacy policy for more information.  This can be found under the "Parents" tab where you should click on "Policies".