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You are here Three Year Plan 2010 - 2013 Literacy Year 2 (2011-2012)

Summary Plan to improve Literacy Levels

•  Ensure that all pupils make at least expected yearly progress in reading ability: i.e. all pupils achieve at least one-year's increase in reading age (as measured by standardised reading tests).

•  Ensure that all pupils who achieved less than expected yearly progress last year compensate for it this year - i.e. any pupil achieving lower scores in June 2011 than June 2010 must reach the previous year's levels (as measured in percentile scores).

•  Ensure that we accelerate struggling readers' development (Readers below the 20th percentile). Instruction for struggling readers must produce substantially more than one-year's growth in reading ability for each year of instruction. Our target is to accelerate 5% of these struggling readers by more than one year.

•  Ensure that our identified more able and talented pupils continue to achieve at the highest levels.

Target Group
Lead Responsibility
Progress of Measure

Ring fenced whole school timetable for literacy
Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 10.00am
(To ensure uninterrupted time for Literacy every day)

This will be extended to 90 minutes per day when DES instructions are received.

First - Sixth
Support Team & class teachers
All year
Continuation with Team Teaching at each class level where the class teacher and the SEN teacher work with ability groups
All classes
Support Team
All year
Continuation of Touch, Type, Read & Spell Programme to support dyslexic pupils (TTRS). Pupils with exemptions in Gaeilge will take part in the programme during timetabled Gaeilge time using laptops in their classrooms.
Specific target pupils
SEN Organiser Mrs Ryan (for TTRS)
Mrs Murphy (ICT Co-Ordinator for laptops & software)
All year
Timetabled School Library
First Class - Sixth Class
Deputy Principal Mrs Murphy with volunteers from Parents Council
All year
Reading Recovery
Four target pupils
Miss Jordan
(Reading Recovery Teacher)
All year
Use of SRA & Prim Ed Comprehension Boxes to support pupils' comprehension
First - Sixth
Class Based
(Pupils to be tested first to ascertain appropriate entry level)
Two weeks each term
Continuation of First Steps Writing Programme
All Classes
All teachers involved in the literacy grouping
Wednesdays - All year
Continuation of cursive handwriting programme with weekly handwriting lessons.
First - Sixth classes
Relevant class teachers
All year
Use of Jolly Phonics program with interactive whiteboards in Infants' classes
Teachers of Infants
All year
Raise the Awareness of Books: Celebrate Roald Dahl Day
(Pupils to dress up as their favourite character from a Roald Dahl book)
All classes
Class Teachers
September 13th
Continuation of Homework Club
Target pupils
HSCL (when appointed) & B/ECCP Co-Ordinator
October - June

Setting up of Mini-Reading Clubs: Groups of three pupils will plan timeframe for reading a book and discuss it twice weekly using discussion prompts. The full genre of texts to be covered during the programme.

(Class novels NOT to be selected for programme)

First - Sixth
Literacy Groups

Select books by end of September, order additional books by first week October to begin after Halloween.

Allocation of discussion time at descretion of teacher but suggestion is three 10 minute slots.

Monthly Poetry/Writing Competition

(Ken Black Toy Shop Vouchers given as Prizes)




Publication of School Poetry Book to celebrate above competitions

All Classes

Each Literacy Group Teacher & Principal

September 9th - Back to School Poem

October: 24th - Poem with Halloween Theme

December 16th - Christmas Story (Prizes given out as Christmas Mass)



Record Class Novels (so there is no overlapping)
First - Sixth
Each Literacy Group Teacher & Principal
Use of Wikis & Blogs to encourage Writing
Senior Classes
Principal & Literacy Group Teacher
All Year
Participation in National Novel Writing Month
Sixth Class
Principal & Mrs Jordan