One of the ways in which the College supports students is through our Literacy and Numeracy Withdrawal Program. The program supports those students who have been identified as achieving below expected benchmark levels according to a variety of different assessments. The Learning Enhancement staff have been busy preparing for our students to begin their support lessons this week.
Students from Year 1 to 6 who are identified as requiring support in literacy attend small group lessons for one hour per week during the timetabled class French time. The lessons focus on phonics/spelling, sight words (Year 1 and 2), reading strategies, fluency and comprehension; and writing structures and processes. The aim of the program is to increase reading and spelling age and independent writing competency. A multisensory approach is used, with modelling, group practice and construction.
Students from Year 1 to 6 who are identified as requiring support in numeracy attend small group lessons for one hour per week during timetabled class Maths lessons. The aim of the program is to diagnose the gaps in student understanding of number concepts and to target instruction to increase the student’s skill level. Additional core concepts and topics in the areas of measurement and geometry, statistics and probability will also be a focus, aligned where possible and appropriate with those being covered in the classroom. Concrete materials and a hands-on approach are used.
Students from Year 7 and 8 who have been identified as requiring support in literacy and/or numeracy attend small group lessons during their two timetabled French lessons each week. Literacy lessons focus on the use of reading and comprehension strategies, independently structuring writing, the use of grammar, spelling skills and developing oral confidence in participation and leadership.
The numeracy program is based on diagnostic testing in number, decimals and fractions. Modelling with concrete materials and a problem solving, cooperative approach is used. Additional core concepts and topics in the areas of measurement and geometry, statistics and probability are also a focus, aligned where possible and appropriate with those being covered in the classroom.
The Learning Enhancement staff are looking forward to getting to know our new students and to an exciting year of progress for all of the students we support. Andrea McDonald, HOD Learning Enhancement