Literacy Lift Off

Sincere Thanks to the Staff and Pupils of Creagh N.S., Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, for sharing their reading initiative with us.

What is Literacy Lift Off?

Literacy Lift Off is an intervention that gives children lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency and gradually lift the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing. In the following clip, Sr Helen Diviney (Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, PDST) speaks about what Literacy Lift Off is.

Planning for Literacy Lift-off

Anne Farrell, SEN teacher in Creagh N.S. explains some planning considerations for staff when setting up and running Literacy Lift Off in school.

Literacy Lift Off in Action:

In this clip we see Literacy Lift Off in action in a Senior Infants class with 5 stations, including familiar reading, word work, writing, new book and an optional 5th station.

Benefits of Literacy Lift Off

Having engaged in Literacy Lift Off, Tony Broderick, the School Principal, outlines the range of benefits of the initiative as is indicated from pupils’ engagement and enjoyment levels, pre and post testing, staff observations and parental feedback .


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