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A Day in the Life ...
Social and emotional development,
language and literacy everywhere
Kate Hogan:
Principal,
Our Lady of
Victories Senior
Boys School
.
Cathy Kieran:
Parent
Programme
Leader,
Incredible Years,
youngballymun
.
Martina
Gannon:
Literacy Coordinator,
Write Minded
youngballymun
.
.
Great Expectations Conference 2011
Incredible Years & Write-Minded
Siobhan Cahill:
Home School
Community
Liaison Officer,
St Josephs
Schools
Complex
community
change
initiative
Improving
learning &
wellbeing
outcomes for
all children &
families
Demonstrate
innovative
practice to
inform policy
Facilitating
quality,
evidence
based
practice
Funded by
AP and DCYA
Working
through and
with existing
services
Life cycle
approach,
pre birth to
adult hood
Our services
Ready,
Steady,
Grow
3>4>5
Learning
Years
Incredible
Years
Write
Minded
LIFE CYCLE RESPONSE – INTEGRATION – INNOVATION –
CAPACITY BUILDING – SUSTAINABILITY – EVALUATION
Jigsawyoung
ballymun
Supports in the school years
• Very dynamic work going on across Ballymun and many
children doing very well
• Children in designated disadvantaged areas:
lower than average academic, social & emotional skills
up to 1 in 3 with serious literacy difficulties
more likely to demonstrate behaviour problems
including hyperactivity, conduct problems, peer problems
• Close link between social & emotional development and
learning
• Requires integrated strategy of supports at home, in school and
the community
What we do
Family and community
 12 week Incredible
Years parent
programme
 Parent literacy
initiatives
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Breakfast Buddies
Story Time
Story Sacks
Vocabulary Games
Incredible Book Club
After school and out
of school projects
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Focus on language &
literacy
Partnership with
community
organisations
Integration with SCP,
HSCL
School based work
 Professional
development for
teachers and support
staff
– Social & emotional
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Children’s
experiences in
school, at home
and in community
activities support
their social,
emotional and
literacy
development
Dina in the Classroom
Teacher Classroom
Management
– Language & literacy
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Balanced Literacy
Framework
First Steps
Transitions
Whole school planning
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For social-emotional
development and
literacy
Focus on leadership
A Day in the Life ...
Before School ....
• Getting ready for school
– Sticker chart for organisation
• Breakfast time
– Talking about food
– Reading the labels
• Breakfast club
On the Way to School...
• Walking to school
– Building relationships between parent and
child
– Reading signs
Arriving at school
• Welcome to school
– Greetings
– Print-rich environment
Meanwhile....
• Parents attend an Incredible Years
Parenting Programme
• Parents attend Breakfast Buddies
Learning Time...
• Getting ready to learn
– Show me 5!
• Balanced Literacy Framework
Children’s Experiences in School...
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High expectations
Learning environment
Pupil-teacher relationship
Curriculum
Focus on outcomes
Extra-curricular activities
Dina School
• Twice per week, Dina School with Wally, Molly
and Tiny Turtle
• Words and methods to help children deal with
the situations they might face
Meanwhile...
• Incredible Years Parenting Programme finishes
up and is followed by Incredible Book Club
Break Time ...
• Fun and enjoyment
– Hairy Maclary rhymes
• Resolving Conflict
– Skills from Dina School
Meanwhile ...
• Community Project
Workers come
together to plan for
incorporating literacy
elements in after
school and out of
school projects
Learning Time ...
• Vocabulary games with parents & teacher
• Transitions programme for 5th and 6th class
Meanwhile ....
• Storysacks courses for parents
Home Time ...
• Lining up
– IY hopeful message
• Story Time session with parents and children
Meanwhile ...
• Professional Development for Teachers
– Whole staff, clusters, individual teachers
• Community Project workers
– Lead activities with integrated literacy elements
Evening Time ...
• Parents attend an Information
Session on ‘Supporting pupils from
6th class to Transition Successfully to
Secondary School’
• Bedtime
– Creating a bedtime routine as discussed
at Incredible Years Parenting
Programme
– Parents reading a bedtime story

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