St. Columba's Primary School

From little acorns, big oaks grow!



Coordinator - The Literacy coordinator is Mrs. A Mooney.

Accelerated Reader

Primary 4, 5, 6 and 7 pupils are all participating in the Accelerated Reader Programme. 

This is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children's independent reading practice.  The child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace.  When finished each child takes a short quiz on the computer.  Passing the quiz is an indication that the child has understood the book. 

Keep up the hard work Primary 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Find attached an information leaflet on Home Connect where you can view you can log on and view your own child's progress in accelerated Reader.




Paired Reading

Primary 3 children participate in the Paired Reading Programme with their parents during February and March.  They enjoy choosing  their own books to take home to read to and with their parents.


Reading Partners

Reading Partnership has been running in schools in Northern Ireland for years. It was developed at the University of London to improve children’s reading confidence. It is all about getting children to love reading and become enthusiastic about it. 


How does it work?  
The class teacher chooses children whose reading age is below their chronological age to participate in the sessions.  The children are withdrawn from class to read with a ‘partner’ on a one to one basis. The partner is a qualified Reading Partner tutor. We have 4 qualified tutors in our school- Mrs D Mullan, Mrs Y Mc Gilligan, Mrs E Cassidy and Miss K Mc Cormick.  The partners withdraw the child 3 times a week for 15 minutes at a time.  The time is divided up into 3 parts. A familiar read, a text they practised the previous day and a new text. The partner will take time to get to know the child and pick texts they think will interest them.  During the 15 minutes, the children will do nothing other than read and talk with their partner – there is no written work, and the emphasis is on making reading fun.  


Literacy Month at St. Columba's

Literacy month is celebrated in March.  Each class participate in a number of Literacy activities throughout the month. 

World Book Day

Children celebrate World Book Day every year at the beginning of March. 

This year children dressed up as their favourite character from a book.