We began Literacy Lift Off in Senior Infants on April 16th.
“Literacy Lift-Off”, also known as “Power-Hour”or “Guided
Reading”, is an intensive programme of Reading and Writing, which gives the pupils lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency. It
gradually lifts the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing by equipping them with the necessary problem-solving skills. Pupils on the
programme would typically be expected to progress at the rate of one level per week. The aim of Literacy Lift-Off is to make pupils constructive learners.
It teaches them ‘how’ to problem-solve independently.
Diverse activities are essential for extending literacy processing power. Hence, 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. Pupils are assessed and grouped
according to their reading ability prior to the commencement of the programme.