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Foundations of literacy: a seminar with Sue Palmer (three twilight sessions)


10/09/2019 17:30






About this event

To become committed readers and writers, children need the right support during their early years to develop the abilities that underpin literacy acquisition. 

This seminar will consist of three two-hour evening classes, drawing on research in speech and language therapy, developmental psychology, literacy, music, storytelling, physical development and play, to explore ‘literacy readiness’ between the ages of three and seven.

Teaching dates: 10, 17 and 24 September 2019 (5.30-7.30pm)

Key learning:

  • Supporting children’s language development, including listening skills in a visual child
  • Integrating music, movement, stories and songs into daily practice to support literacy
  • Developing children’s concepts about print and building phonic knowledge
  • The relationship between mark-making, emergent writing and explicit teaching.

Please note that this course cannot be booked as individual sessions. Places cannot be transferred to another delegate after the course starts.

Facilitator bio

Sue Palmer is a former Borders headteacher, literacy specialist and author of books on child development, notably Toxic Childhood and 21st Century Boys. Research for her latest book Upstart: the case for raising the school starting age and providing what the under-sevens really need (Floris, 2016) inspired the Upstart Scotland campaign (

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@CnScotland @VinkCaroline Thanks so much for sharing. We're very excited about the study visit. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇳🇱

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