Team Teaching - Castaheany ETNS 2016/2017

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Literacy Lift-Off

“Literacy Lift-Off”, which the children call “Power Hour”, is an intensive programme of Reading and Writing. It gives the pupils lots of opportunities to read and write at their own level. It gradually increases the children’s ability by equipping them with the necessary problem-solving skills.
It is implemented in blocks of 6 weeks in the Senior Infants, First and Second classes. The pupils work in ‘stations’ to carry out a number of activities in reading and writing, under the guidance of teachers and Special Needs Assistants. The programme uses specially-graded “PM+” readers. Before Literacy Lift Off begins, pupils are assessed and grouped according to their ability.

Our Stations/Activities work as follows:

Station 1: Familiar Reading
Pupils read previously seen PM+ readers.

: Development of enjoyment, fluency, comprehension and speed.

Station 2: Word Work
The children use magnetic letters on small whiteboards to make and break words.

Purpose: To show children how words work, so that they can make a fast visual analysis of their reading.

Station 3: Writing
Pupils write sentences based on their own experiences, using words that they encounter in their readers.

: That they will learn how they can write their own messages by hearing and recording sounds in words, using analogy and learning unusual words.

Station 4: New Reading
Encountering new texts each day challenges the pupils to discover new ways to go beyond their current operating ability and lift their literacy processing.

: Pupils learn to use strategic activities to read new texts.

Station 5: Listening
At this station, the pupils listen to a variety of audio stories.

: To develop their listening abilities and imaginative use of words.

We have found this programme to be very successful and beneficial for pupils of all reading abilities in SI to 2nd Class. We believe that Early Intervention is the key to successful reading and writing.

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