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Literacy Across Learning

11th Sep 2023

Improving writing using VCOP

Please download the PDF 'VCOP Pyramid' and use alongside any writing tasks you have. 

24th Jan 2023

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23rd Jan 2023

IDL Software - Proven to improve reading and spelling skills!

All S1 and 2 pupils have been trained to use IDL software, a programme designed to improve reading and spelling ages, and use this regularly in literacy lessons. 

IDL can also be accessed at home on a range of devices - PC, laptop, tablet and phone are all compatible. Go to and click 'My IDL Login'. Using the login provided in class, you can access all virtual lessons at home or on the go! 

2nd May 2019

Why is literacy important?

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. 

Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning, as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Being literate increases opportunities for the individual in all aspects of life, lays the foundations for lifelong learning and work, and contributes strongly to the development of all four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence. 

Competence and confidence in literacy, including competence in grammar, spelling and the spoken word, are essential for progress in all areas of the curriculum. Because of this, all teachers have responsibility for promoting language and literacy development. Every teacher in each area of the curriculum needs to find opportunities to encourage young people to explain their thinking, debate their ideas and read and write at a level which will help them to develop their language skills further.

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