Literacy

Listening and Talking:

There are lots of audio clips and stories to listen to across Early (P1-2), First (P3-4) and Second (P5-7) levels.  Children should listen to these clips and then do the following (listening to the clips as many times as is necessary)

P1-2 – draw a picture of your favourite part of the clip

P3-4 – make at least 3 bullet pointed notes on what you heard from the clip

P5-7 – make as many notes as possible on what you heard from the clip

Please use this link to access these videos (Early – EYFS, First – KS1, Second – KS2)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/audio-stories-animals/zk6w92p

Other clips which are good to use can be found at the following:

Early : (Word Waves) https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/znqtbdm

First: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zcfv4wx/resources/1

Second: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z7kdmp3

Spelling:

P3-7:

Your child will be given spelling words in due course. Some are included in the distance learning pack provided to you, some will be issued remotely.  These should be worked on for small periods of time each day (in the classroom, a spelling and handwriting lesson takes approximately 30 minutes).

Teachers will send activities to be completed for spellings. This could be writing the spellings in bubble writing, rainbow writing, pyramid writing or using letters cut out of magazines and newspapers, for example.

Handwriting:

It is important that your child continues to practice their handwriting on a regular basis.

Please encourage them to practice forming their letters neatly and keeping the letters the same size, sitting on the line.

Younger learners use rhymes to help them remember the correct way to write their letters. Teachers will provide these rhymes where appropriate.

Handwriting tasks may be set by class teachers at different points but it is highly important that pupils are focusing on developing their handwriting even when they are not completing a specific handwriting task.

Reading:

Children will be completing a mixture of Read, Write Inc phonics or literacy and language lessons and/or Novel Studies. Teachers will advise classes individually of tasks and necessary reading.

P1-3:

Children working on Read, Write, Inc have been allocated books of the appropriate colour to read – please be aware that the children require teaching input in order to complete the writing in their Get Writing books, which will be attempted if possible through remote learning.  The Get Writing books are included should this learning be possible and children can be supported to complete work at home. Please see the Read, Write, Inc guidance to help you support your child with this.

P4-7:
Children working on Language and Literacy have their log books and writing jotters included for such a time as it is possible to continue teaching these units remotely.

Classes will engage with novel study to ensure relevant areas of the literacy curriculum are covered.

In addition, to get the most from reading as possible, we simply urge that you encourage your child to read as much as possible in the time that they have around other activities that are planned for them.  Everyone has been given a First Minister’s Reading Challenge Book in which to record what books they read and how they enjoyed them.

 

Writing:

We understand that life is going to be very different for you as a family at home during this time.  Whilst we know that you might not be able to venture far from your doorstep we thought a diary entry as much as possible so they keep track of memories you create together.  For younger children this might be that they draw a picture of something they enjoyed from their day and you annotate it at the bottom (which is what we would do at school).  Older children would be expected to write for themselves, although they can illustrate their entry if they would like to.  Children can use a notebook of their own or their writing jotter for this (we would ask any diary entries in a writing jotter are done from the back to ensure space for writing pieces to continue).

Whilst we are all taking responsibility for our own and others’ health, it is important to be aware that certain people may feel ever more isolated and lonely at this time.  Possibly you might want to work with your child to draw a picture or write a letter to someone you know who might not be visited as much as normal or who might be struggling with loneliness in isolation.  Please remember those in local care homes who might not receive visits from their family – they might really appreciate a drawing and a letter from a child in their community (no surnames or addresses would be expected – just a friendly gesture to those less fortunate than us at this time). Both lined paper and blank paper have been included in case you wish to do this.