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Other Additional Literacy and Numeracy Support

This year at Ballykeel we are in the privileged position to be able to offer additional literacy and numeracy to a variety of children from P5 – P7.  This page helps to explain who provides the support and for what year group(s) in terms of literacy and numeracy.  The aim of this additional support is to help the targeted pupils succeed in literacy and numeracy by achieving their full potential.

In 2017/2018 Mr Fisher and Miss Hill will be withdrawing small groups of children from P5-P7 classes to support their literacy and numeracy development.

These children have been very carefully and systematically selected by analysing their scores in standardised tests (in English, Maths & Intelligence {I.Q.}) and with professional judgement from their class teachers. The criteria we use when selecting these children are:

  • Intelligence scores confirm that they are underachieving in English and / or Maths
  • Staff believe that the extra attention that small group work affords, would have a beneficial impact on their work
  • Children who have a positive attitude to their work and are willing to work hard to improve

The expected level that children should achieve, in literacy and numeracy, at the end of each Key Stage, is Level 2 in Primary 4 and Level 4 at the end of Primary 7.  We select children that we believe would not achieve these expected levels without this additional support. A major aim, therefore, of these withdrawal groups is that selected children achieve these expected levels.

How Parents can help!

Withdrawal group teachers meet with parents twice yearly to explain the support being provided, share pupil targets and suggest ways that parents can support learning at home. The following are some useful ways to easily assist your child: 

  • Frequently listen to children reading a range of books, and talk about the story together.
  • Ensure that children have access to a wide variety of books by giving them as presents, joining the town library, swapping books with friends etc.
  • Encourage children to learn their spellings and the meanings of these words.
  • Practice basic mental addition and subtraction through linking maths to everyday life
  • Practice times tables and division facts until recall is accurate and rapid.
  • Ensure that there is a good understanding of homework that is sent home. Contact staff if children are having a problem with any aspect of their learning

Tips for Success

It is essential that: 

  • Children are in school everyday, are prepared and ready to learn
  • Homework is thoroughly prepared
  • Children are getting an adequate amount of sleep
  • Parents show an interest by often asking their child how they are getting on

 Mr Fisher & Miss Hill


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27th Sep 2017
These pupils are benefiting from small group work in literacy and numeracy targeted...