Literacy work as part of SSE in the Abbey Vocational School:
Literacy in 2013 -2014:
Literacy initiatives were implemented throughout the year to improve reading - DEAR, Keyword vocabulary Notebooks, Library visits.
Literacy 2014 – 2015:
Literacy 2015 2016:
An Adolescent Reading Survey was given to 2 first year groups in September 2015 and then again in May 2016
Teachers of these groups engaged in a series of strategies to promote “Reading for Pleasure” in their classes
Literacy Initiatives 2015-2016
1. First Year "Reading for Pleasure"
Classes 1 D and 1B. Teachers B Logue and B Keenan agreed to implement “Reading for Pleasure “strategies with these first year groups. This included extra trips to the library, promotion of the reading project, general discussion of popular books and getting students to compiled lists of their favourite books, making posters listing their current reading activities etc... Classes were given a survey at the start of the year the results collated. At the end of the year this same survey was administered and results compared to measure the success of the initiative.
- Blooms Taxonomy Posters.
A poster was distributed to all teachers with the request they would display it in a prominent location in their classroom. A letter detailing the purpose of the poster was also given.
- The Spelling “B”
S Canning organised a Spelling B for the first years, every teacher of first-year English taught the spelling list in the journal until the Mid-term. Teachers assessed their classes and put forward three candidates with the highest scores for an inter-class spelling competition. Classes 1A 1B and 1C competed against one another in the first semi-final and classes 1D 1E and 1F competed in a second semi-final. Nine candidates went forward from these heats to a pre-Christmas final. Winners were presented with prizes and all semi-finalists were given certificates of achievement.
- The Reading Room
A selection of texts were taken from the main library and a reading room was set up in room 12A. The librarian made the selection and arranged and cataloged the texts for the reading room.
- Mental Health Poetry Competition
As part of a weeklong promotion of mental health within the school a poetry competition was held where first and second years were invited to enter a poem on the theme “It’s good to be alive”. All entries were displayed in the assembly and the winners were given prizes.
- The Readathon
English teachers promoted the MS Readathon within their classes, many students participated and over €2000 was raised.
- The Literacy Board
A Literacy Board was set up outside the Reading Room. Key words related to curricular assessment will be posted, a different word each day with a definition. Students will post book recommendations and general “book news” will be posted.
- World Book Day
Display boards were set up in the main assembly and posters were put up around the school with information about various Irish Writers. Junior students were given quiz sheets and allowed to search the school for the answers, correct quiz sheets were placed in a draw and winners selected for book token prizes.
- Crossword Competition
A crossword competition was held and students encouraged to enter. N Doherty collected the entries and corrected entries were put in a draw for a book token.
- Shakespeare 400, Quiz, Promotional Board
To celebrate the 400 anniversary of Shakespeare’s death a display board was set up in the main assembly and students were given Shakespeare quiz sheets to complete, the information could be accessed from the board.
2. Improved transfer process:
All first years participated in a survey which was supported and carried out by the NBSS. Data showed that here were areas for improvement in this area. A subcommittee worked on this throughout the year.
Mentoring system to be introduced
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