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“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 the children can achieve in both reading and writing by equipping them with the necessary problem-solving skills. The pupils have the opportunity to work in four different groups or stations, each of which is led by the class teacher and three learning support teachers. The stations are familiar reading, phonics/word work, writing and reading a new text every day. 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.
Pupils in senior infants and first class engage with the Literacy Lift-Off programme for a period of six weeks in the classroom. We ask that parents make a special effort to support their children during the course of this bloc.
How parents can support Literacy Lift-Off at home:
• The pupils will have a new text (at their instructional level) to read at home every day.
• Please ensure that you read the text with your son daily. Encourage your son to figure out or “decode” the words independently, only helping where necessary.
• Please support your son’s reading fluency by encouraging him to read with expression and by paying attention to punctuation, etc.
• Please develop your son’s comprehension by asking him questions after reading the text.
Each pupil will have a folder specifically for Literacy Lift-Off. We ask for your cooperation in ensuring that the books are kept in the folder and are returned every day in good condition.
Our Stations – Activity work as follows:
Station 1 – Word Work
They use magnetic letters on the whiteboard 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 – 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.
Purpose: Pupils learn to use strategic activities to read new texts.
Station 2 – Writing
Pupils write sentences based on their own experiences, using words that they encounter in their readers.
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.
Station 4 – Familiar Reading
Pupils read previously seen PM+ Readers.
Purpose: Development of enjoyment, fluency, comprehension and speed.