Grade 1 students are selected for the program based on individual measures of assessment and teacher judgement. Their classroom literacy program is then supplemented with daily one-to-one lessons of thirty minutes. The program runs for twelve to twenty weeks with a specially trained teacher.
The lessons consist of a variety of reading and writing experiences designed to help children develop effective reading and writing strategies. The program continues until the child can read within or above the class average and has demonstrated the use of independent reading and writing strategies.
Bridges is designed for junior students who require additional support in literacy. The program is delivered by trained Literacy Assistants and based on the belief that all students should have the opportunity to become proficient readers, writers and spellers. All students learn at differing rates and all require varying levels of support during their language acquisition. Based on a 1-1 program, 3 times a week, students have intensive learning around reading development.
Quicksmart is an intensive numeracy support program for students in Grade 5. Students are withdrawn from class in pairs 3 times per week for a 30 minute lesson. The program is positive, motivating and achieves success in students acquiring basic numeracy skills. It’s main focus is the quick recall of number facts.
Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU)
EMU is an intervention program in Numeracy for students in the early years of schooling. Students are withdrawn in small groups 3 times per week. Typically, each EMU session is structured to include 10 minutes of group activities focusing on counting and place value, 15 minutes of rich learning activities focusing on problem-solving in addition and subtraction, multiplication and division contexts, and 5 minutes individual and group reflection about the key mathematical ideas that were noticed during the session. A home task is also provided. Each session involves 15 mins evaluation and planning by the teacher
Maths Talent Quest:
Selected students or a class may elect to participate in the Maths Talent Quest (MTQ. )It is an annual event open to all primary and secondary students of Victoria. The Maths Talent Quest aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents.
The focus of the Maths Talent Quest is on the process of mathematical investigations.
Looking at real life situations and finding that mathematics is everywhere helps capture the imagination of both teachers and students alike. The Maths Talent Quest allows students to investigate mathematics on an individual, group or class basis with the opportunity to have fun exploring mathematics in real life situations.
Science Talent Search
The Science Talent Search (STS) is an annual, science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria, Australia. The sections of the STS are aligned with our AusVels curriculum. Selected students are invited to participate in the competition and may choose to enter games, working models, inventions, photography and video productions to support their entry.
This external program is offered to capable students in a variety of curriculum areas. Students work with ‘like minds’ on a range of team challenges. Strong emphasis is placed on creativity, lateral thinking and problem solving skills.
International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)
Students from Grade 3 – 6 are able to participate in a range of these competitions, including Maths, Reading, Computer, Science, Writing and Spelling.