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Literacy and Language
Literacy and Language

Language skills are developed through talking, listening, reading and writing. Skills in listening and talking are fostered through class and group discussions, detailed exercises, games, drama and in other areas of the curriculum.  Children will give talks to classmates and will practice giving and following oral instructions.

In Primary 1 and 2, children are taught sounds through our phonics programme ‘Literacy Rich’. This programme also includes the teaching of common words.  Children learn to read using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, supplemented with library books and materials from other reading schemes.  Children progress onto studying a variety of group novels, poems, playscripts and non-fiction. Early writing develops through the same early literacy programme.  Older children will be taught to write using different genres, perhaps linking themes to topic work and giving children real contexts for writing.  They will write stories, poems, letters, reports, leaflets, posters and articles.  Peer and self assessment will be encouraged, and children will be provided with quality feedback on how they can improve.  The necessary skills of spelling, punctuation, language structure and handwriting will be taught at a level appropriate to the children’s needs and understanding.

This year, the Trinity Academy cluster primary schools (Victoria, Wardie and Trinity Primary) are aiming to work towards Edinburgh City Council’s language initiative of ‘1 + 2’.  This means that as well as their native language (usually English), all children will have exposure and experience of two other languages during their learning journey.  As a first step towards this, all classes this session will learn some aspect of French.  Challenge and depth of learning will depend on the age and stage of the child.