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Literacy Plan 20/21

We want to draw your attention to our plan to raise literacy standards in our school for 2020/21.

Results from our Parent survey and Teacher suggestions have led us to choose Comprehension Skills as our specific areas of focus for the 2020/21 school year.

Parents frequently ask us how they can help their children with English.

This year we encourage you to work on your child’s comprehension skills.

Do you know that there are three levels of comprehension?




 Literal comprehension involves recall of facts from a piece of text. It’s the simple

                            Who /What/ Where/When/Why information questions.

Inferential comprehension is the information we can gather that is not explicitly stated. We teach our pupils to read between the lines.

Evaluative Comprehension is the deepest level of questioning.

It’s where you have to assess information

 Our younger pupils may be asked:  Is it true or false?

Older pupils may be required to compare characters or to explain why they like/dislike a story or character.

This year we will provide some suggestions and ideas to help you and your child.


Read, Read, Read

We cannot overstate the benefits of reading for your child’s learning.

Read for him and with him.

A child who loves reading will never be bored!!


By working together we can raise Literacy standards.

Numeracy Plan 20/21

Here in Ss. Peter and Paul’s School we have traditionally had a very high standard of maths achievement with results consistently well above national norms.

We are very proud of our maths standard and constantly strive to maintain and improve it. This year we will focus on numeracy and developing our speed and accuracy manipulating numbers.

  • Tables and Mental Maths

Speed and accuracy at tables is fundamental to all number work.

During term 1 we emphasise the importance of learning tables and encourage all pupils to improve both accuracy and speed from their own baseline.

Games and fun competitions are used to engage the boys.

Mental Maths is done in every class every day to consolidate concepts already learnt and encourage pupils to estimate and calculate.

Parent Tip: Links to ixl maths and other computer games will be posted on our website. The boys love to play Last Man Standing and Bang. You can try these games at home.

  • Real Life Maths

Encourage your child to use his “Maths Eyes” when he is out and about to notice number and other mathematical concepts like shape, distance, weight and capacity.

Car journeys are a great opportunity to look at signposts, car registration plates, tolls, speed limits etc.

Parent Tip: Allowing your child to manage his own pocket money can be a real eye-opener. Not only will his concept of number develop but he will also learn valuable life skills!!

  • Number Operations

Manipulating numbers using the four basic operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Junior Infants: Add single digits up to 5                                                   Senior Infants: Add single digits

1st  class: Add 2 digit numbers up to 100                                                   2nd class: Addition with carrying up to 100

Simple Subtraction (no borrowing) of 2 digit numbers                                             Subtraction of 2 digit numbers with/without

Borrowing and paying back

3rd class: Addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers                                            

 4th class: Addition and subtraction of 4 digit numbers

Multiplication and division numbers by 0-9                                                             

 Long multiplication by a 2 digit number

Division by a single digit number

5th class: Addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals                         6th class:  as 5th class

Multiply a decimal number by a whole number                                       

Multiply a decimal by a decimal

Division including long division                                                                                  Division of a decimal by a decimal

Parent Tip: Use every opportunity you can to encourage your child to calculate e.g. when he is buying something in a shop encourage him to work out how much change he should get


March 1st-5th Focus