Languages

LanguagesLanguage is at the core of thinking and at the centre of our learning. Through language our pupils gain much of their knowledge and many of their skills across the curriculum . The four main components of language are :
• Talking
• Listening
• Reading
• Writing
Our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. The books range from pre-reading to a level which challenges our most able pupils in Primary Seven.
At the early stages , ORT focuses on two core areas for developing reading skills: word recognition (phonics and high frequency words) and language comprehension. Each child progresses through the books at their own pace. The books are very colourful, attractive and motivating.

Our core material for Language Development is Collins Primary Literacy. We also use Alpha to Omega spelling which involves the teaching of a spelling rule each week and builds upon the work of Jolly Phonics in P1 and P2.
We have also implemented 'The Big Write' to raise attainment in writing . A leaflet outlining the main features is attached.

READING FOR PLEASURE
Children throughout the school are encouraged to read for enjoyment as well as for information. The class library is an important feature of the classroom and children are also encouraged to join the local library. Every class has a book club offering opportunities to purchase books 3 or 4 times a year. Each class alos visits the new library in the village.

BookFairs
Twice each year, with the help of parents, we organise a book fair. These are very worthwhile as they give both children and parents the opportunity of buying books from a good selection while at the same time giving the school the useful bonus of free books or commission in cash.
MODERN LANGUAGES
Although Primary 6 is currently the most common point at which children begin to learn a modern language, where possible, many begin earlier.
Teaching and learning a modern language should
• establish by the end of primary school a solid foundation for the lifelong learning of modern languages
• promote enjoyment, for example through games, stories, poems, songs and interesting/stimulating tasks, and an awareness of the features of countries where the new language is spoken
• ensure a smooth and coherent transition from P7 into S1 with secondary experience building on what has been covered and on the teaching strategies
• develop a firm foundation in language learning that allows opportunities for young people to learn, if they choose, additional languages later.


Teachers use many approaches including active learning , games , songs , role play and interactive whiteboard software to create relevant, coherent, enjoyable and successful learning experiences.

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