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The Flitlits

Laugh and Learn with the Flitlits  

Subtitles: 

  • Key Stage 2/ Literacy

The Flitlit concept provides learners with experiences designed to:

  • Enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • Increase their language proficiency for study, leisure and personal enrichment
  • Contribute to life-long learning 

Description

The Flitlit Reading Scheme is designed to provide positive links between schools, homes and libraries by means of multi-platform and cross-curricular resources and social interaction. It offers a systematic, fun and creative approach to language learning within a literacy-rich curriculum. It encourages the learning of the language of text, storytelling and the identification and synthesising of speech, sounds and patterns.

The scheme enables pupils to become more creative and capable of developing innovative solutions to problems. It enhances their analytical and critical capacities as well as the ability to synthesise ideas and adapt to new situations. Enhanced skills and attributes help them to succeed in a wide range of tasks and responsibilities and to contribute to the society in which they live. 

The concept includes:

  • Introductory Short Stories that feature surreal, floating characters at an ethereal setting.
  • A Guide Book for Educators
  • A further series of Flitlit Adventure Stories that supplement the package.

Both print and digital versions of the books offer options for:

  • Supported Reading / featuring a glossary on every page
  • Confident Reading

Both versions feature similar age-appropriate illustrations by award-winning illustrator, James Field

  • A detailed mapdemonstrates the setting as being laid in plots, each housing a character or characters, along with appropriate landmarks. These offer direct links to specific elements of the National Curriculum. Collectively, they deliver messages about values, enhance imagination and stimulate children to create adventures of their own.

Children will become acquainted with features such as rhyming; repetition; personification; alliteration and phonemic awareness as they become accustomed to the rhythm of patterns, comprehension and sentences structures. They can read; repeat; retell; act out; express their feelings orally and write in response to the stories in order to practise using the language patterns that they hear.

  • Specific Educational Guidelinesand targetted lesson plans assist Reading Specialist Teachers to deliver the Flitlit Reading Scheme confidently. Stages of reading strategies allow educators and readers to delve into the text before, during and following reading experiences, while acknowledging the understanding that pupils bring to a text. During each phase, teachers may target areas such as grammar and vocabulary to enhance meaningful and creative reading and writing experiences.

Additional Information

Four stars, namely Sol-Fa; Shift; Aglow and Glee govern the land and the ethos of the concept. They influence the musicality of the language and characters; action; vibrancy and fun. The wondrous land of Fussbut, Seldom See, is thus named since young readers may fuss but access it only through the power of their imagination.

The Flitlit characters flit about and float freely depicting a sense of movement and freedom. These attributes complement the humour and flow of the language. Interaction is key to the core of the concept involving characters that children can identify with within their own lives. The Flitlits interact by telling jokes; squabbling and plotting, involving friendships and rivalries.

The central character, Jester Bit, is a scamp with a heart. His mischief brings about challenges and camaraderie that allow children to learn about compassion; empathy; teamwork and a sense of fair play.

The Flitllit books bridge the divide between picture books and early chapter novels.

The illustrations introduce the thirteen Flitlit characters stylistically and historically different in order to stimulate debate and to champion differences. The format provides a solution when it is determined that certain groups of readers may find the transition to chapter novels to be too immediate. A choice of appropriate materials that are tailored to reading and comprehension levels will help pupils to progress. This helps to identify secure strategies and those that need to be developed. Additionally, the concept aims to encourage boys, especially, to read more.

Two of the characters that have disabilities contribute to the shared Flitlit adventures naturally and without prejudice. With texts and images being interwoven, these offer children and teachers many opportunities to discuss various interpretations of the stories. The wide scope of the project is demonstrated in pilot school videos that show a range of creative achievements by the children, with the school hall being turned into a stage for dramatic performances.

In conclusion: The Flitlit concept extends learning through:

  • exploration
  • connection
  • communication
  • collaboration
  • stimulating creativity
  • evaluation

For further details, please click on www.theflitlits.com