At St. Brigid’s, literacy skills are taught through a language experience approach, throughout the day, as part of an integrated curriculum.
Therefore, skills are practised and information is presented in a meaningful context.
In order to become good readers, writers, spellers and conversationalists, the following three skills are constantly re-enforced through various literacy activities:
- Understanding the relationship between letters and sounds they can make (phonics).
- Using the correct grammar of both spoken and written language.
- Learning to gain meaning from text.
All attempts are encouraged as each child develops at his or her own pace. The teacher is constantly modelling reading, writing, spelling and oral language skills in a variety of real situations. Children are encouraged to take risks as they apply strategies and develop skills in their daily use of language
We promote the children’s enjoyment and appreciation of literature by encouraging the reading of a variety of materials both at home and at school. Take home books are an opportunity for children to share literature at home by:
- Reading books to another person.
- Reading books with another person.
- Listening to a book read by another person.
When reading at home, the main focus is to nurture an interest in literature and a love for reading.
At St. Brigid’s we also offer support to students in the early years, through our intervention program and small reading groups.
LLI – Levelled Literacy Intervention
Levelled Literacy Intervention is a form of literacy assistance, which aims to accelerate children’s progress in reading and writing.
Each year, some students in Year One who may be having difficulty learning to read and write, are selected for the series of Literacy Intervention lessons. Levelled Literacy Intervention enables children to become active and independent readers and writers, better able to join in the daily literacy activities of the classroom.
Selection of candidates for LLI occurs in consultation with classroom teachers, and the series of lessons is conducted by our trained Reading Recovery teacher, Catherine Murray.
The number of lessons required varies from child to child, but the series of lessons is usually completed within ten to twenty weeks. Individual lessons are held daily and each lesson runs for thirty minutes.
Parental involvement and support is welcomed and encouraged, as reading at home with children is one of the best ways that parents can contribute to their children’s successful acquisition of literacy skills.