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Literacy Strategy

The aims of this strategy are based on the Count, Read, Succeed document. In Ballyholme Primary we are aiming to:

  • Ensure that the key elements of literacy: Talking & Listening, Reading and Writing are provided for across the curriculum.
  • Enable teachers to have a central role by undertaking robust tracking and monitoring of pupils’ work with a particular focus on identifying and addressing under-achievement in literacy.
  • Provide opportunities for teachers, in conjunction with literacy co-ordinators to share and learn from good practice.
  • Provide an effective means for assessing pupil progress that will inform teaching and learning.
  • Promote a policy of early intervention to address actual or potential under-achievement.
  • Foster links with parents, families and communities to help them support their children.


  • Testing September P3 – P7
  • Analysis of data – end of September/June
  • Priorities identified and addressed


2) Talking and Listening

  • A bank of activities devised for each year group to promote Talking and Listening and give children opportunities to develop their skills.
  • To provide teachers with more evidence to allow them to accurately level the children according to the new CEA assessment levels of Progression in Communication across the curriculum.


3) Home Reading

  • To promote the importance of reading homework and inform parents and encourage parental feedback on a regular basis.
  • To develop the use of Bangor Library through school visits and information sessions for Parents.


4) Writing

  • To revise the 6 different genres of writing and ensure that all types are planned for and taught throughout the year.
  • Use AFL strategies to mark for improvement on regular basis.


5) Linguistic Phonics

  • Linguistic Phonics taught in P2-P4.


6) Assessment Opportunities

  • To plan for opportunities for assessment on a regular basis using the Level of Progression for Communication.
  • Develop a shared understanding of levels through ongoing internal standardization meetings.


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