Paired reading is an initiative established by the school to promote fluency and literacy levels among the Infant classes. The Fifth and Sixth classes are paired with the Junior and Senior Infants.
For a half an hour each week, the senior classes visit their parent infant classroom. They are paired with a particular infant and the journey of paired reading begins. Both classrooms are used to ensure that the children have enough rooms and are comfortable in their surroundings.
The senior classes read to their partners from a varied amount of literature like Mr. Men books, nursery rhymes etc. The senior classes use expression for the Infants to make the reading interesting. When they complete a book, they ask questions to each other, do a picture walk through and explain to the teacher what they have read.
Above anything, this is a hugely enjoyable experience for both the Infants and Senior classes. Fifth and Sixth class learn to work independently and to facilitate learning. The Infants, without realising, are learning to read and develop their fluency and oral language through question and discussion.