Literacy incorporates the skills of Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening. It is delivered across the curriculum, through all subjects.
Talking & Listening:
Listen to and take part in discussions, explanations, role-plays and presentations. Contribute comments, ask questions and respond to others’ points of view. Communicate information, ideas, opinions, feelings and imaginings, using an expanding vocabulary.
Our pupils participate in a variety of creative writing and poetry competitions every year.
Loreto are proud to have launched Accelerated Reading in our library. The Accelerated Reading Programme commenced at the start of September 2015. The aim of the initiative is to raise literacy standards amongst our Year 8s, by motivating them to read more, suitably challenging, books. Using information generated by the AR software, we aim to help students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. The software provides an initial Reading Level, followed by data throughout the year, taken from interactive quizzes. The Literacy Co-ordinator has a team consisting of the school librarian, ICT technician, English teachers and Literacy Prefects, to the successful implementation of this programme to date. Year 8s have been tested to obtain a STAR reading level and therefore will enjoy reading books appropriate to their ‘optimal reading level zone’. Year 8s will partake in interactive quizzes to monitor their reading progress. The Accelerated Reading Programme has encouraged our Year 8 pupils to read extensively. Monthly prizes are now being awarded to a pupil from each class. An overall winner will also be chosen in June of each year.
“In total our Year 8 have read 34,920,672 words this year! Congratulations ladies….we are so proud of you!”
(Ms Ryan – June 2021)
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity… For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
― Kofi Annan
Key Stage 4:
We aim to support students who are encountering difficulties in Literacy related areas. Current provisions include: Better Reading Partnership, Core Skills and 1:1 Literacy support. Throughout the year our Literacy Prefects host a variety of skill workshops including Creative Writing, Critical Thinking, Speaking and Listening and Spelling Bees.
Throughout the year, students at Loreto are offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions within school as well as at local and national level.
Calling all budding young News Reporters! BBC is looking for young people (aged 11-18) who want to report on a story or issue that is important to them. Please see attached link for more info. Closing Date is Saturday 31st October 2020. If you would like support whilst writing your story please speak to Miss Ryan.
🔴ATTENTION Yr 8 – Yr 12 pupils.🔴. BBC Northern Ireland’s Two Minute Tales is a short story competition for 5-16 year-olds aimed at promoting creativity and imagination. Closing date is Friday 13th November 2020. For further details see
Events of 2019-20
A selection of KS3 Students were given the opportunity to expand their creative and critical skills, accessing weekly Newspaper texts selected by Guest Editor- Little Penny Thoughts for the first edition of The Young News Readers Project.
Pupils received a certificate of achievement on completion of the project.
The Project was facilitated by our Literacy Prefects.
Before Christmas Year 8 were asked to Recommend a Book for Christmas. All who entered won House Points. Overall, three winners were selected: Niamh McKenna 8A1, Ellen Bradley 8A3 and Eabha Hughes 8A4. Special Commendation was awarded to Maighread Donnelly and Sarah Quinn 8A3.
Miss Ryan was delighted to host the inaugural celebration of Harry Potter Book Night at Loreto.