Senior Cycle Physics - Literacy & Numeracy




Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life outlines the government's national strategy to improve Literacy and Numeracy in Irish schools until 2020. As is the case with all subject departments; it is essential that subject departments engage with Literacy and Numeracy in order to realise the stated objectives outlined in the strategy. A summary of this document can be downloaded here. 


The following resources are being made available to physics teachers to assist with the realisation of these objectives:


Literacy Strategies






Sample Literacy Document 


(self-evaluation of numeracy) 












Other Resources


Graphic Organisers

can help to improve literacy. Graphic organiser from the PDST are available here so that they can be printed out and given to students or as powerpoint slides that can be filled in on the computer.  There are also examples of prefilled organisers to science to give you some ideas.

Graphic Organisers for Printing
Graphic Organisers Powerpoint 
Graphic Organisers Science Examples



Q notes

are a form of graphic orgniser that are useful to use with leaving cert students. Q notes combines two well-known and powerful methods:  SQ3R and Cornell Notes.  It is  called  “Q-Notes” because students  write Questions in the left-hand margin. When students are  preparing for a Quiz or as revision, the Questions serves as CUES to remind them of what they need to  know.  When using these notes as study aids,  students can fold the right edge of the paper over so that it lines up with the dotted line.  They can then see  questions in the Q-column which they can use these as a self assessment tool.

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders can be played by using any of the question sets that you make. Simply print the questions out onto card, or if you don't like chopping up card, print them onto labels and stick them onto flash cards! The same question cards can be used both  for bingo and for Snakes and Ladders. Two for the price of one. Now that's good value!

You will then need to print out the snakes and ladders board. Download the template below and laminate. It is fine in A4 but you will need to use the smaller counters. Print in A3 if you have access to an A3 printer.

Template for Snakes and Ladders Board

i Quiz Templates


Template 1

Template 2

Template 3

Template 4


Other Resources







Reading For Meaning

Reading For Meaning

Writing Genres

Writing Genres

Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs

Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs

Introducing Placemats

Introducing Placemats

Placemat templates

Placemate Template



Websites to Improve Literacy




puzzlemaker Lots of different types of puzzles to make
wordleaner  Crosswords, wordsearches, bingo, matching and more
wordsearches Make you own wordsearch
pppst Good maths images and ideas
IXL Interactive revision site for maths - covers all topics
Quizlet Flashcards, Games and Test
Studystack Flashcards, Matching, Crosswords , Test, Quiz
Wordle Create your own Word Cloud
Tagxedo Create your own Word Shape
Question Cube Create a question cube using Blooms Taxomony