School Self Improvement Plan - Scoil Naomh Áine NS

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Scoil Naomh Áine, Rathgarogue, New Ross, Co. Wexford   

Summary School Improvement Plan
Period: September 2013 to June 2016
Plan issue date: 07/11/13
Reviewed in June 2015




Introduction

The focus of the evaluation

As part of our ongoing work in the school, we conducted a school self-evaluation of teaching and learning this year. We evaluated Literacy. For more information on how the evaluation took place, please see our School Self-Evaluation Report which is available in the office.

This School Improvement Plan sets out the actions that we will undertake in the school over the next three years in Literacy.  The main purpose of these actions is to improve our pupils’ learning.  


Summary of school self-evaluation findings

Our school has strengths in the following areas:


  • Reading

  • Phonics

  • Parental support of pupils during homework time

  • The vast majority of children understand their homework

  • The majority of pupils enjoy reading for pleasure

  • Children and parents are comfortable approaching the teacher for support or with a concern

  • 47% of our pupils are in the top 25%ile in national reading norms and 55% fall within the 15%ile – 74%ile.


We know this because we consulted with pupils, parents and teachers and examined test results and other information in the school.  

Our school has decided to prioritise the following areas of development:

Areas Prioritised for Improvement

Year 1 (2013 -2014)
• Spelling
• Free Writing (Creative Writing)

Year 2 (2014-2015)
• Writing Genres

Year 3 (2015-2014)
• Comprehension – provisionally - We will re-evaluate our progress before 2015 and perhaps re-focus our priority area for this year at a later stage.
• Punctuation



We have decided to prioritise these areas because teacher observations indicate that Spelling of commonly used words, in particular, is an area causing difficulty for many pupils.

As a staff we feel that the pupils should be offered more opportunity to engage in Free Writing. The pupils will use this time throughout the year to explore many different genre of writing and develop skills in a variety of areas.

Our school has set the following targets for improvement which are related to pupils’ achievement and has identified the following actions which will help in achieving those targets over the next three years.



Areas for Improvement over the next 3 years:

Action Plan
Targets What needs to be done?

Spelling
Pupils will be enabled to self correct common mistakes and recognise errors in spelling
• Emphasis will be placed on spelling accuracy especially with the most frequently misspelled words
• Use of spelling games and IT to develop positive attitudes towards spelling accuracy
• Commonly misspelled words will be displayed in classrooms

Free Writing

Pupils will willingly engage in Free Writing Activities and will be mindful of spelling and punctuation
• Broaden the range and shape of Free Writing activities encouraging pupils to write from many different genres
• Timetable Free Writing as part of the English programme ensuring all pupils get an opportunity to engage in Free Writing weekly

Writing genres

Develop a co-ordinated approach to the teaching of writing genres over a two year cycle • Select three genres for each year of the two year cycle
• Agree a common framework for the teaching of each genre
• Ideas for the development of each genre to be collated and shared on dropbox
• Each class to display samples on the whole school genre notice board

Comprehension

Develop a co-ordinated approach to the introduction of reading comprehension strategies
• Decide on the strategies that best link to each of the writing genres - selecting a maximum of 2 per term
• Ideas for the development of each strategy to be collated and shared on dropbox
• Agree common terminology for the teaching of each strategy
Punctuation

As a school decide on the content for each class for  the teaching of punctuation
• Conduct a review on current practice at each class level. Document the content taught at each class level
• Decide on a spiral approach for the teaching of punctuation - ensuring continuity and progression from class to class


As a parent you can help us by continuing to help your child with his/her homework and emphasising the importance of correct spelling. If your child has a spelling test, help your child prepare by testing them at home. If your child has particular difficulty spelling common words, print these onto card and hang them up at home. Play a game with your child until they remember the correct spelling e.g. because/becus/bcos. Always praise your child for making an attempt to spell a new word.

As a parent you can help us improve your child’s standard of creative writing by encouraging them to write and draw at home. They might like to write a letter, menu, poem, acrostic, short story, recipe, book review, email, comic strip, advertisement, play, newspaper report, rhyme, joke, quiz etc. Ensure they have somewhere comfortable to sit and have plenty of pencils, colours and paper. Give your child the opportunity to read what they have written. This method of Free Writing should never be criticised or marked. Praise and encourage your child to be creative and let them know that Free Writing is never wrong.







 
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