Williamston: Tasting a storm (Attainment in Literacy)
Hidden Giants undertook a three month residency in Williamston Primary school, Livingston, working with a class group of Primary 5 pupils and their teacher to explore how literacy and writing skills could be improved through creative approaches to learning and teaching. We collaborated with 22 P5 pupils and their teacher for two contact hours on consecutive Tuesday mornings, before lunchtime.
They took the view that simply devoting more classroom time to writing and the attendant literacy competencies of spelling, punctuation and grammar was not the solution to bring about tangible, measureable improvements. Rather, through a series of creative, participatory, experiential diversions the pupils were encouraged to think differently about what they could write about. As the pupils acquired an intrinsic motivation for writing, they began to regard the development of literacy skills and competencies as authentically purposeful and genuinely useful for the completion of their collaborative and individual projects.