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Pupils showcase literacy scheme

Primary pupils reading books
The scheme has improved reading and writing levels among pupils

A scheme aimed at improving literacy skills among primary pupils in North Lanarkshire has proved so successful they have taken it "on tour".

The Active Literacy initiative began in 2005 and research showed that the reading age of children taking part was five months ahead of other youngsters.

Now schools in other authorities have expressed an interest in the scheme.

Pupils from North Lanarkshire have visited a primary in Ayrshire to teach them about their methods of learning.

As part of the Active Literacy programme every primary one pupil in North Lanarkshire was given a whiteboard and magnetic letters to aid their reading development.

The scheme was a move away from traditional desk-based learning with an emphasis on working in groups and the children talking to their peers, teachers and parents about the books they were reading.

The Active Literacy Tour was prompted after staff from Kincaidston Primary School in South Ayrshire visited Kildrum Primary School in Cumbernauld.

According to our research, attainment levels in reading and writing are rising in our area
Christine Pollock
North Lanarkshire Council

They decided it would be a good idea for the pupils to share their experiences.

The North Lanarkshire youngsters prepared a DVD and composed songs and drama sketches which showed how, why and what they learn.

Fraser Carnegie, a primary six pupil at Kildrum Primary, said: "We got a really nice welcome at Kincaidston Primary School and everyone seemed very interested in our Active Literacy work. I showed my buddy my Discussion of Reading Text notes."

Christine Pollock, North Lanarkshire Council's executive director of learning and leisure services, said: "According to our research, attainment levels in reading and writing are rising in our area.

"This child-centred approach is at the very heart of 'Curriculum for Excellence' and 'Learning Together'.

"I am delighted that Kildrum Primary School has showcased their excellent practice in South Ayrshire."

The pupils are scheduled to visit another school in Ayrshire, to promote Active Literacy, before the end of term.

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