St Ailbe’s NS has adopted a whole school approach to the explicit teaching of writing genres at each class level. The genres include: Narrative, Procedural, Report, Explanation, Persuasive, Recount and Poetry.

Guided Reading

Guided Reading has been implemented in the school. All children from Junior Infants to Second class are divided into reading groups and given reading material that suitably challenges and interests them at their instructional level of reading.

Children in third to sixth class are given a term ( usually term two) in groups for guided reading to have the opportunity to read at their instructional level of reading while been given visually stimulating and challenging reading material.

Building Bridges of Understanding

Building Bridges of Understanding is a whole school approach to the teaching of comprehension The programme draws on effective comprehension instruction with its primary focus on the teaching of comprehension, with the ultimate aim of enabling children to become self-regulated strategic readers. This programme is in place for third to sixth class.

Work is consolidated through the use of graphic organisers that encourage children to write their responses to text and the strategies they have been taught.


What is Aistear?
Aistear is a curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It describes the types of learning that are important for babies, toddlers and young children.

There are lots of great examples, exciting ideas and practical suggestions in Aistear to help you. For example, the framework suggests lots of things you can do to help your child learn through everyday activities and routines, such as getting ready for meals, going to the shops, and checking the post.

Aistear shows how important play is for your childs learning and development, and gives ideas for ways you and your child can play together.

Aistear is available in English and in Irish at