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Our ability to use language lies at the centre of the development and expression of our emotions, our thinking, our learning and our sense of personal identity. Language is itself a key aspect of our culture. Through language, children and young people can gain access to the literary heritage of humanity and develop their appreciation of the richness and breadth of Scotland’s literary heritage. Children and young people encounter, enjoy and learn from the diversity of language used in their homes, their communities, by the media and by their peers.

Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning, as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Being literate increases opportunities for the individual in all aspects of life, lays the foundations for lifelong learning and work, and contributes strongly to the development of all four capacities of

Curriculum for Excellence. AIMS IN READING -
To assist the development of readers:
-                     who have an understanding of their own reading needs for different situations
-                     who should be able to draw on appropriate strategies to meet their reading needs
-                     who enjoy reading and are confident, fluent and expressive
-                     who have an understanding and appreciation of an author’s style and purpose
-                     who are able to select books for a variety of purposes
-                     who are continually increasing their knowledge and understanding of language and reading skills
-                     who can effectively comprehend and make use of what they read
 -                     To assist pupils in becoming efficient and effective writers who are able to write appropriately for a variety of audiences
-                     To assist pupils in acquiring the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively within a range of contexts
-                     To assist pupils to become aware of and appreciate the writer’s craft
To assist the development of:
 -                     pupils who have the ability to become effective and critical listeners who can respond appropriately whether as an individual or in a group.
-                     pupils who can listen for information, instructions and directions in order to select, retain and reorganise information in a variety of situations.
-                     pupils who are aware of settings, characteristics bias and genre.
To assist the development of:
 -                     pupils who have the ability to convey information, opinions, instructions and directions as an individual or as a group member.
-                     pupils who are confident fluent talkers who enjoy talking to other pupils, teachers and adults in the context of their work and who can act on the opinions of others.
-                     pupils who have the ability to give individual presentations which stimulate interest and command the attention of an audience.