The early intervention support program provides additional assistance for students. An experienced and specially trained literacy teacher works with individual children or small groups to deliver an explicit, needs based, program.
The provision of a separate literacy support room ensures that students are able to master new skills in astructured and quiet environment.
Resources are varied with a wide range of books, software and games designed to address individual student’s needs and interests.
The literacy support teacher works primarily with year 1 students either implementing the Reading Recovery Program, or providing regular support to identified students in addition to their classroom program. Parents are consulted and encouraged to come along and participate in their child’s learning.
During Early Intervention reading, writing and speaking and listening are taught through the development of skills in fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Emphasis is placed on the student developing strategies for effective, independent learning. Attention is also given to developing phonemic awareness and spelling skills.
The Early Intervention teacher consults with class teachers to provide feedback about student progress and advice about future learning strategies.
The Early Intervention teacher also provides professional development to all teachers in the school developing their knowledge about literacy learning and expanding teaching repertoires.