Literacy Lift-Off is a reading initiative that we introduced in the school year 2016/2017.
“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 is implemented in blocks of 6 weeks in the Junior and Middle classes in Primary School. 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 the teachers and Special Needs Assistants. The programme uses specially graded “Flying Start” readers. Pupils who have undertaken the scheme thus far in the school have really enjoyed the lessons and have benefitted greatly in their reading and writing. The initiative encourages parents to read with their child each night during the 6 week block.