Last Updated: Friday, April 17, 2020

Support for emerging literacy approaches in Highland

What is this?

Video demonstrating emerging literacy strategies, based upon identifying and addressing gaps in fundamental literacy skills in young children as they enter primary school. The areas discussed involve main skills continuums, concepts of print, phonological awareness, oral language and fine motor development.

Who is this for?

Adults involved in teaching children in the primary sector to read including teachers, practitioners and families.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice?

You may find the challenge questions below useful to prompt discussion and reflect on current practice related to literacy and closing the poverty related attainment gap.

  • To what extent are our approaches in literacy improving learning for all?
  • Do we have an understanding of what progression in literacy looks like?
  • Do we make good use of our partners to provide opportunities for young people to develop literacy skills?

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What was done?

This is a short video clip of some emerging literacy strategies used by school staff and speech and language therapists at Hilton Primary School.

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School self-evaluation showed a persistent gap had emerged in the development of the children’s early literacy skills. The school embraced Highland’s approach which involved partnering with allied health professionals to create new strategies to identify and address gaps in early literacy development.

What was the impact?

The tracking and monitoring to date has shown phonological awareness and fine motor development have been successfully trialled. Year two Attainment Challenge funding will focus on embedding the programme into school literacy programmes in school in Highland with high levels of deprivation.