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Languages
 
A Curriculum for Excellence identifies different strands of listening and talking, reading and writing.It also includes modern languages.
 
All aspects of spoken and written English are taught. Children take part in talks, discussions, debates, drama and poetry reading.  Written language covers spelling, grammar, personal, imaginative and descriptive writing, poetry, writing of summaries, comparisons and instructions, letter writing, designing and completing simple forms.
 
 
Reading
 
Reading is one of the most important and basic skills your child will learn. By using a variety of resources and teaching approaches we encourage our pupils to read with expression and understanding and develop a love of books.
 
We use Story World, Story World Bridges and Big Cat in the early stages.
 
In the middle and senior stages of the school we use several resources including Literacy World, Total Comprehension and Focus on Literacy. In these schemes reading books are not normally sent home for nightly reading practice.  A language programme is built in and teachers work on aspects of written language at the same time as teaching reading.
 
Meetings with parents are arranged to explain fully the teaching methods used.
              
We also have an Early Literacy programme which helps the children to become better readers and writers at an earlier age.
 
From time to time classes base their reading and language programme on a children’s novel.
 
Class and school libraries have a variety of reading material, both fiction and non-fiction. Children are encouraged to read for pleasure both in school and at home.
 
Parents are encouraged to take an interest in their child’s reading development.
 
 
Spelling and Phonics
 
We begin with a phonic approach in the Infant department and move on to the Nelson Spelling scheme.
 
 
Writing
 
Written language covers spelling, grammar, personal, imaginative and descriptive writing, poetry, writing of summaries, comparisons and instructions, letter writing, designing and completing simple forms.
 
Again, many teaching approaches are used to encourage children to express themselves in writing beginning at the earliest stages with “Have-a-go” writing where children express themselves on paper even though it may not be easily understood!
 
Scholastic Writing,  Models for Writing  and Big Writing are used to develop skills in writing and poetry. We continue to develop our children’s writing skills in line with the City Council’s guidelines.
The Simple Modern Hand is used to develop handwriting and presentation skills.
 
 
Listening and Talking
 
We encourage our pupils to express themselves confidently and to listen carefully.  We create many opportunities for the children to give talks to a variety of audiences.
 
Children take part in talks, discussions, debates, drama and reciting poetry. Listening for information or to each other is a skill we develop throughout the school.
 
 
Modern Languages
 
In Broomhill, we have several teachers who are qualified to teach French in the primary school.  
 
The children begin to learn French in Primary 5. This is done mostly orally, using everyday vocabulary and conversation.