Liftoff to Literacy

November 11, 2014

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We are  delighted that my class has started the literacy initiative “ Lift Off Literacy ”!!! We have invested in PM+  readers to facilitate this programme. It is an intensive programme of Reading and Writing. We have started in First class, and we will continue to the next First Class, then we will go to Senior Infants.

Over the course of 1 hour pupils engage in a number of “stations” where activities are tailor made to their own level of competency over time we  gradually lift the complexity of  the what they can do in both reading and writing.The programme is for 6 weeks.

The aim of Literacy Lift-Off is to make pupils constructive learners. It teaches them ‘how’ to problem-solve independently.

Click here to view a video of  Lift Off to Literacy

Children are divided up into small groups ( max 6 per group). Each pupils reads at their own level.  There are 5 stations and children spend 10 minutes at each. By the end of the hour they will have visited each activity and will take home their “new read” for homework.

There are now 4 adults in my room from Monday-Thursday and this is what we are up to!!

Station 1: Familiar Reading

Pupils read previously seen PM+ Readers.

Purpose: Development of enjoyment, fluency, comprehension and speed.

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Station 2: New Reading 
Children will explore and then take home a new reader each day. This challenges the pupils to discover new ways to go beyond their current operating ability and lift their literacy processing.

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

Station 3: Phonics
Children are supported to improve their abilities in  blending & segmenting words ( to make and break words) through lots of games and activities.

Purpose: To show children how words work, so that they can make a fast visual analysis of their readingLiteracy Liftoff2

Station 4: Writing
Pupils write sentences using words that they encounter in their readers and the high frequency words that they are studying.

Purpose: That they will learn how they can write their own messages by hearing and recording sounds in words, using analogy and learning unusual words.Literacy Liftoff3

Station 5: Independent work
Pupils do written work independently based on their phonics and writing

Purpose: Children work independently on wort their level

 Liftoff  to Literacy as we are calling it is a fantastic reading initiative and we cannot wait to see the results. The school has invested thousands of euro and lots of “teacher power” into Literacy Lift Off !!!

The pupils are LOVING it so far.

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Entry Filed under: 1st Class Ms B Kelleher 2014-15,1st Class Ms Dennehy 2014-15,Parents,Sen Inf Mrs Creedon 2014-15,Sen Inf Ms A O'Connell 2014-15,Sen Inf Ms Looney 2014-15. .

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  • 1.    Kristina  |  June 22nd, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    My son got huge progression with this programme,so i will be happy if you continue it in future and take senior infants as well .

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