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An important component of 'Ensuring Learning for All' is a preparedness to support those learners who need more time to master essential parts of the curriculum. At St Joseph's we support learners to do this through a variety of intervention programs. Below are the intervention programs that we offer through the school to ensure learning for all.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a 1:1 intervention program to instruct and support students in year 1 to readi. Reading Recovery is about ensuring the reading development of students in Year 1 occurs at an appropriate rate. .  

Extending Mathematic Understandings - EMU

The "EMU" mathematics  program is offered at St Joseph's for students who need support with mathematics. At St Joseph's we recognise the importance of providing children with a strong numeracy skill base for future learning. The "EMU" program recognises the individual needs of each and every student and teaches techniques that provide students with the skills to become confident at Mathematics.

MacqLit

MacqLit is an explicit and systematic reading intervention program for small groups of older low-progress readers. It provides teachers with a comprehensive sequence of lessons that includes all the key components necessary for effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Toe By Toe

Toe By Toe is a small red book designed for anyone who finds reading difficult. This includes weak readers who struggle to decode or those with dyslexic difficulties. Keda Cowling, one of the  chose the name Toe By Toe to signify that students make progress by the tiniest steps – one toe at a time. However, even though the steps taken are small, students can clearly measure progress right from the first page. Confidence and self-esteem are boosted as a result.

Leveled Literacy Intervention

The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) is an intensive, small-group, supplementary literacy intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult. The goal of LLI is to lift the literacy achievement of students who are not achieving grade-level expectations in reading. The LLI systems are designed to:

  • Advance the literacy learning of students not meeting grade-level expectations in reading
  • Deepen and expand comprehension with close reading
  • Elevate the expertise of teachers
  • Increase reading volume by engaging students in large amounts of successful daily reading
  • Increase student engagement with books that build knowledge
  • Intervene with small groups of struggling readers to maximise growth
  • Meet the needs of struggling readers
  • Monitor student progress.

 

Our Assessment and Reporting policy focuses on what children learn, on the way they learn and provides information to parents, children and teachers in a clear and concise manner.

Student Reports contain information on what has been achieved, what still has to be achieved and how adults are able to support this process. Reports are distributed towards the end of terms 2 and 4 each year. 

Formal Parent/Teacher Conferences occur in terms 1 and 3. However, parents may make appointments at any mutually acceptable time during the year to discuss their child's progress.

Learning Journals are created to provide families with physical evidence of student learning at St. Joseph's.  

 

Specialist Subjects are part of our curriculum at St. Joseph's.  
Science

The Science program aims to develop and strengthen the students knowledge and understanding of sciecne. The children are given the opportunity to acquire scientific knowledge and skills through experiments and investigations.

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts program aims to develop and strengthen the enjoyment and understanding of music. The children are given the opportunity to acquire musical knowledge through experiences in singing, listening, moving, playing and creating. 

Visual Arts

St. Joseph's has a dedicated art room that students utilise with a sepcialist teacher for creating artworks through a variety of mediums.

Physical Education 

Students participate in weekly PE lessons that focus on fundamental motor skills, games and moverment.  The children have the opportunity to particpate in cross country, athletics, winter sports (football, netball, t-ball) and a school based swimming program. 

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 St. Joseph's prides itself on being a 'Professional Learning Community" where we strive to 'Ensure Learning For All'! As a Professional Learning Community school we have adopted three key pillars to drive our work:

1. A Focus on Learning
2. A Collaboraitve Culture and Collective Responsibility
3. A Focus on Results

As a primary school we have a strong academic focus on English and Mathematics. English and Mathematics are taught using our St. Joseph's Learning Cycle which focuses on four critical questions:

1. What is it we what our students to know and be able to do? (Curriculum)
2. How will we know if each student has learned? (Assessment)
3. How will we respond when some students do not learn? (Intervention)
4. How will we extend the learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency? (Extension)

The implementation of these questions is visible through the diagram below:

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The Sandhurst Catholic Education Office and Schools acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which their Offices and Schools are built. We commit to working in partnership with Aboriginal people for reconciliation and justice.

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