Alves Primary School students organize learning activities and entertainment during Dyslexia Awareness Week


Izzy Blackman, Ruthie Harris, Layla Rodriguez, Finlay MacConnachie, Molly Russell and Fionn Ralph helped plan Dyslexia Awareness Day.

STUDENTS at Alves Elementary School taught their classmates and teachers a common learning difficulty.

The young people organized a special day during Dyslexia Awareness Week to highlight the skills that dyslexic learners have, as well as the challenges they face.

Dyslexia can cause reading, writing and spelling problems, but intelligence is not affected. Children with dyslexia often have skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving.

Alves Primary event organizers, additional support for learning teacher Ms. Erin Fraser and a group of students, planned activities that highlighted ways in which dyslexic learners can see the world differently.

Ms Fraser said: ‘All students and staff wore blue in support of Dyslexia Scotland and were given blue ribbons to remember the day. The students involved in the planning chose to demonstrate their considerable skills in the creative areas of the program. After a presentation, all classes experienced story telling and puppet making, dance lessons, and violin and accordion playing with young people with dyslexic traits.

Students and staff also got insight into how learning environments can be adapted to accommodate all children.

Molly Russell (P7) helped plan the day and led a dance class with Layla Rodriguez (P5).

She said, “Dyslexia isn’t always a negative thing. It also gives people a lot of strength.

Finlay MacConnachie on accordion and Fionn Ralph on violin.
Finlay MacConnachie on accordion and Fionn Ralph on violin.

Finlay MacConnachie (P7) and Fionn Ralph (P6) played the accordion and violin, demonstrating the concentration needed to keep a beat and read music, while making sure the fingers are in the right places.

Izzy Blackman and Ruthie Harris demonstrated storytelling skills.
Izzy Blackman and Ruthie Harris demonstrated storytelling skills.

Ruthie Harris (P5) and Izzy Blackman (P4) created the Turtle and the Hare puppets to read, with the message: fast isn’t always better – taking more time to complete a task can be just as valuable.

Ms. Fraser added, “Both girls enjoyed being afternoon teachers and would make great additions to the profession in the future!


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