Embracing Learning Diversity
Our Lady’s Assumption School provides a diverse approach to teaching and learning, to cater for all of the unique needs of our students.
Intensive Intervention and Teaching Sprints
The Intensive Intervention program at Our Lady’s Assumption School supports the needs of students in the areas of English and Maths across all year levels. Intensive Intervention teachers are assigned to small groups of children and provide an intensive learning program to address the area of need through a Teaching Sprint. Teaching Sprints are evidence informed teaching programs that are designed to target the student’s needs through regular ‘hits’ over a short period of time. Very close communication between the classroom teacher, intervention teacher and parents ensure the progress of each student is monitored. Students receive meaningful and effective intervention, resulting in pleasing improvements.
All students from Years 1 to 6 participate in a direct instruction spelling program, Spelling Mastery. Students are grouped according to their spelling ability and receive a structured and sequential spelling program. Spelling Mastery develops spelling skills by blending three approaches to spelling: the phonemic approach, whole word approach and morphemic approach. Students thoroughly enjoy their Spelling Mastery lessons as they have the opportunity to learn with students from other classes.
Sensory Program/ Classroom Kits
At OLA, we aim to be a sensory aware school. The Sensory Program is designed to both calm and stimulate the senses in children with sensory needs. Occupational therapists say that sensory programs have three main purposes:
- To provide relaxation and enjoyment by eliminating distraction.
- To increase creative sensory input.
- To facilitate communication and mobility for children with a wide range of disabilities.
The Sensory Program provides students with sensory experiences in order to meet a wide range of needs and allows them to prepare for and to focus better in class for the school day. Each class has a sensory tub that contains tools that children have access to during the day that will assist them in meeting their sensory input and allow them to reset and refocus. Students have the opportunity to participate in sensory aware fundamental exercises before school to get them ready for the day. Teachers and Education Assistants facilitate these daily sessions. Students thoroughly enjoy attending the program.
MiniLit is an intensive, small-group program offered in Years 1 and 2. It is a synthetic phonics-based program aimed at assisting those students who find reading and writing difficult.
MacqLit is an explicit and systematic reading intervention program for small groups of older low-progress readers.
REACH (Reasoning Endeavour Analysing Challenging Higher Order Thinking) currently involves 60 children per week from Year 3-6. It is a program designed to cater for those students who demonstrate higher order thinking and/or reasoning skills or have been identified as being more capable academically. We use up to date technology to critically think, problem solve and further develop our skills to design, make and appraise. Through project-based learning, the students use Spheros, Maker’s Empire, 3D printing, MicroBits, Makey Makeys and Lego Mindstorm Kits.