Literacy & Language

In Ratho Primary, handwriting is taught through cursive font.  Children at the early level (Nursery and P1) learn their letter formations in pre-cursive style and from P2-P7; children learn to join their letters using cursive handwriting.  Research has shown that children who learn their letter formations this way have more legible handwriting, better ‘flow’ of writing and write faster.  There are many examples of cursive handwriting on educational websites should you wish to familiarise yourself.

What is cursive handwriting and how can I support at home?

RPS Big Writing Cursive-Handwriting-parent-guide

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, play scripts 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.

What is ‘Big Writing’ and how can I support at home?