Language and literacy are of personal, social and economic importance. Our ability to use language lies at the centre of the development and expression of our emotions, our thinking, our learning and our sense of personal identity. Language is itself a key aspect of our culture. Through language, children and young people can gain access to the literary heritage of humanity and develop their appreciation of the richness and breadth of Scotland’s literary heritage. Children and young people encounter, enjoy and learn from the diversity of language used in their homes, their communities, by the media and by their peers.
The development of each child’s language skills is pursued through an integrated programme of language work involving listening, talking, writing and reading.
Children progress through a variety of personilised literacy programmes. They are encouraged to read a wide variety of material and types of texts. To this is linked the child’s writing, combined with speaking and listening. Children develop reading through appropriate fiction and non-fiction material.
Pupils also learn skills of comprehension and reference to help them understand what they read and to assist them in searching for and using information. Alongside this, they will develop the necessary skills of spelling, punctuation, language structures and handwriting. Writing will form an important part of this development and the children are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes from the very earliest age. They then follow a structured programme to develop the necessary skills. Much emphasis is placed on talking and discussion.
The school has a library of fiction and non-fiction books to encourage the children to develop a love of language and reading. Parents can help at home by reading a variety of material with their child – e.g. books, newspapers, magazines, TV programmes, even road signs and labels in supermarkets. All of these encourage children to take a real interest in the language around them.