Literacy represents the heart of children’s learning.  Literacy permeates all areas of life in and out of school. Literacy enables children to communicate with others effectively for a wide variety of purposes.  Competence in Literacy is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development and plays an essential role in all areas of the curriculum.

The four main areas of Literacy are:





Children will be encouraged to develop skills within these areas in a variety of ways:

– Talking with confidence and clarity

– Reading fluently with enthusiasm and understanding

– Writing accurately, legibly, and creatively

Each area of the curriculum is broken down into experiences and outcomes. These are clear and concise statements about children’s learning and progression from pre-school to S3.

You can download experiences and outcomes for:

  • literacy and English
  • literacy and Gàidhlig
  • modern languages
  • Gaelic (learners)
  • Scots language
  • classical languages.

Read Write Inc.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme used in P1 and P2, which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.

Read Write Inc Spelling (P3-7)

Read Write Inc. Spelling uses a proven approach underpinned by phonics to teach spelling to children in Primary 3–7 who are fluent readers. Throughout the programme, children are taught strategies to enable them to spell accurately, including understanding morphology and etymology, plus building and consolidating their knowledge of frequently misspelt words, exception words, tricky homophones and other words that are easily confused. The approach is structured and cumulative, building children’s accuracy and confidence year by year.


Parentzone’s Supporting literacy at home section has simple suggestions on how you can help develop your child’s literacy skills at home.