Learning Support

Learning Support at Immanuel Primary School has as its primary focus the support of students in their access of the mainstream classroom curriculum. The target areas are Early Intervention (R-2), Remediation and Extension/Enrichment.

Early Intervention

At Immanuel Primary School we recognise the importance of the early learning years. Research has repeatedly shown that the earlier learning difficulties are identified, the more likely it is for intervention strategies to be effective. Both preventative and remedial programs are given priority and these include,

  • School Entry Assessment in Term one - identification of phonemic awareness, mathematical concept, gross and fine motor difficulties
  • 1:1 and small group support in phonological awareness, mathematical concepts, fine and gross motor coordination,
  • 1:1 and small group literacy development,
  • 1:1 and small group support in delivery of speech/language programs,
  • 1:1 and small group support for oral language development of students learning English as a second language,
  • 1:1 Reading Recovery Program,
  • 3:1 The Extending Mathematical Understanding Program(EMU) is a intensive research based intervention program developed for students experiencing difficulty learning mathematics. Daily 30 minutes small group sessions focus on developing student’s understandings and skills in the domains of counting, place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division.
    The goal of the program is to support students for the duration of 10-20 weeks enabling them to return to the classroom to participate in the regular program.

Remediation

Learning Support staff work closely with class teachers to deliver programs and to modify teaching and learning strategies for students in such a way that students are able to experience success in the classroom. Examples of this are,

  • 1:1 support for specific skill development
  • support programs targeted to student need
  • modifications to the student's class program,
  • in-class support for students to pursue individually modified programs,
  • withdrawal programs for small groups of students with similar learning needs,<.li>
  • daily/regular sessions utilising targeted, interactive computer programs,
  • 1:1 support for development of speech and language programs

Extension / Enrichment

Immanuel Primary School is fortunate to be working within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years program and as such is well able to cater for academically able students within the classroom setting. Many pathways also exist for those with gifts and talents in the areas of music, sport, drama, art, and so on. At times the Learning Support department is called upon to support highly able students. This can occur through access to specialised internet programs or cross classroom programming.

The Learning Support Coordinator is also involved in assessment/identification of gifted students. Opportunities exist for students to grade skip where a thorough process of investigation and recommendation have taken place.

It is our aim wherever possible for students to learn alongside their peers within the classroom environment.

Access to Support

Students at our school access support after a thorough process of assessment. This can take the form of a combination of the following;

  • school based assessments
  • teacher referral
  • specialist assessments ie, speech/language pathologist, educational psychologist
  • specialist referral, ie Down Syndrome Association, Cora Barclay Centre
  • information from Benchmark Testing

Support is constantly monitored and whilst some children may require ongoing support others may access short term programs

Support is considered in the context of changing student needs within the whole school framework

All students accessing support are monitored by the Learning Support Coordinator.