To improve the achievement levels of pupils in Oral Language in relation to learning outcomes two, three and four (Social Conventions and awareness of others, Sentence structure and grammar) of the Primary Language Curriculum.
To ensure that teachers are preparing for teaching oral language using the Primary Language Curriculum in English and that they broaden the range of explicit teaching approaches used during language lessons to make the above learning more skill focused.
To develop shared, whole-school approach to the teaching and assessment of pupils’ skills and achievements in oral language in English.
At staff meetings, Croke Park hours etc. Emphasis on the importance of teaching Oral Language as part of a discrete lesson.
Discrete Oral Language lessons based on Social Conventions timetables weekly.
Pre and post assessment of 3 tracker children from Junior Infants to Fifth Class using a school devised assessment based on Rubrics for Oral Language. Assessment cf Appendix A.
Further PDST support and guidance.
Teacher CPD in Literacy/Oral Language if available.
Erection of Speech Pyramids detailing components for social interactions in various situations eg. Going on a message, speaking to a visitor, an accident on the yard.
Celebrate oral language at whole school assemblies.
Criteria For Success
Progress Reporting: On the agenda of every termly staff meeting and where appropriate teachers will work in level groups to share experiences and report back.
Principal to check that the Cúntas Miosúla reflect the implementation of the Oral Language Plan
Notes on progress to be filed in the SSE file as they arise