Providing our children with opportunities to experience rich, varied and enjoyable approaches to Literacy is important to us here in Booterstown National School. As a cornerstone of our curriculum, as well as explicit teaching, we aim to integrate playful and engaging Oral Language, Reading and Writing experiences into our everyday practice.  

World Book Day

World Book Day is a charity initiative which aims to provide every child with a book of their own. In Booterstown National School we encourage our children to engage with the magic of reading by dressing up and participating in fun activities for the day

School Library

 At Booterstown National School we value reading for pleasure. We do 'Drop Everything and Read' DEAR time daily. We have a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books in our classrooms and in our school library. 

Write a Book

 We engage with the Write a Book initiative run by Blackrock Education Centre every second year. The children work on planning, writing, editing and illustrating their own stories and books. 

On alternate years we take part in "We are Writers" in which Booterstown National School publish a "We are Writers" book that includes a written account from each student that year. 

Oral Language: Useful links

If you would like to support your children further The Five Components of Effective Oral Language Instruction (1st – 6th class) can be found below

Arguments and informal debates - Vocabulary
Conversations - Vocabulary
Formal Debate Vocabulary list
Giving Instructions - Vocabulary
Oral reports - Vocabulary
Partner and small group work - Vocabulary
Questioning and Interviews - Vocabulary
Storytelling and anecdotes - Vocabulary