- Literacy Lift Off (LLO) is an intensive programme of reading and writing for a period of five/six weeks lasting for an hour each day. It is based on the principle that, children learn to read and write by reading and writing. The aim of this programme is to give the 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.
- Support teachers and classroom teachers implement the Literacy Lift-Off Programme in Senior Infants and First Class each year; the support teachers having received training in the programme prior to commencing support.
- Staff overseeing the programme complete a running record on every child in each participating class to ascertain what level each child is reading at. Children are then given books geared to their instructional reading level.
- The children move between five stations: a familiar reading station, a new book station, a word work station, a silent reading station, a writing station and a letter formation and phonological awareness station.
- All the children are assessed by the support staff before and after this programme.