Glasgow City Council Welcome to Dunard Primary School & Nursery Class

Literacy and English
Language is taught in carefully planned contexts to provide a meaningful, relevant and engaging course of study for all of our pupils. Language however, is the key to all curricular areas.
 
In Dunard Primary we embrace the importance of literacy across the curriculum and in the spirit of A Curriculum for Excellence teachers exploits all opportunities to make cross curricular links when planning literacy activities.
 
 
 

Teaching in Language comes under four main headings:  

 

 

 

 

  • TALKING skills are formally developed to enable pupils to be effective communicators, for all life situations. Children will be encouraged to express their own ideas, opinions and feelings confidently and articulately.

 

 

  

 

 

  • LISTENING is the key to all learning. The various skills required to be an effective listener will be developed throughout the seven-year course. Interdisciplinary opportunities will be among the learning experiences provided to develop these skills.

 

 

 

 

  • READING is a fundamentally important skill - Emphasis will be placed at the early stages on reading out loud (ie decoding the printed word into the spoken word). Thereafter more sophisticated reading skills will be developed (eg higher order comprehension skills, research and reference skills, inference, speculation, in-depth understanding of complex passages etc.). The importance of recreational reading will be stressed and encouraged at all stages.
  • Great books for reading aloud here

 

  • WRITING - Not only will writing skills for all life purposes be developed but also the important technical skills of spelling, handwriting and grammar. A multi-sensory approach to the teaching of spelling is used.  In addition, further developments in the teaching methodologies to improve children's writing are ongoing this session. (Please request Improving Writing –‘Big Writing’ leaflet from HT). We try to use highly motivational real life contexts for writing. For example our visit from Santa!

    • Handwriting – The style taught is based on a form, known as the ‘Simple Modern Hand’. Starting as a simple script, and linking at P3 to form a concise style, it is hoped pupils will be enabled to write legibly and with speed.
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    • - Not only will writing skills for all life purposes be developed but also the important technical skills of spelling, handwriting and grammar. A multi-sensory approach to the teaching of spelling is used. In addition, further developments in the teaching methodologies to improve children's writing are ongoing this session. We try to use highly motivational real life contexts for writing (eg our visit from Santa!).