Literacy Initiatives

In Rathduff N.S we are constantly striving to improve children’s literacy levels. We have a number of initiatives in place in our school.

Literacy Lift Off:

This programme is in its second year in operation and it has been a great success to date in Senior Infants and 1st class.  It is a 6 week programme which facilitates reading tailored to a pupil’s instructional level. Literacy Liftoff activities include reading, phonics, phonological awareness and writing.

Here are some pictures of the children and teachers working at the different stations:


Child and Parent enjoy reading is an initiative which is administered from Junior infants to 3rd class. We have a variety of books for each class level that the children can enjoy reading with their parents/guardians.

D.E.A.R Time:

Each class enjoys 10 minutes of silent reading a book of their own choice each day.

Some pictures of children in senior infants during D.E.A.R time:

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Conversation Station:

It is an oral language initiative that is set up in each class to develop oral language and build vocabulary.

Guided Reading

This is a reading initiative that 4th, 5th and 6th classes participate in the 3rd term of the year to develop their comprehension skills, fluency and enjoyment of reading.

Reading Buddies:
This is a reading initiative that 3rd class participate in in the 2nd term of the year. Children enjoy reading in pairs to develop their comprehension, dictionary work and fluency.