Maths Group, Middle Primary Years
Group sessions of up to four students follow a set program but allow for the needs of individual students to be met. Within a writing program, some students may need assistance with vocabulary development, spelling, sentence work, essay development, grammar and punctuation. So how does this work? Student A may be working on spelling, while student B may be extending word knowledge, Student C may be using the words to enhance sentence development and Student D may be focusing on the same words to transition between sentences or paragraphs. Small groups and skilled teaching allow for this type of diversified learning within the one content block and session plan.
Student engagement is the key to success and we find that direct instruction with a rapid pace and many activity changes works best. Learning activities usually follow a set pattern beginning with a group revision of previous learning (perhap a game, a quiz, a worksheet), teacher modelling of new concepts (a little chalk and talk), student engagement and interaction (often using whiteboards), individual work (we like to use workbooks so that there is a cumulative record) and final sharing and celebration. This lesson pattern works well across all core domains: literacy, numeracy and study skills.
Reading 2 Suitable for Middle Primary Years
- Read CCVCC words (trust), CCCVC words (scrap), CCCVCC words (thrust)
- Read words with common digraphs including ee, oo, ay, ai, ea, oa, ow igh
- Read two-syllable compound words with common grapheme-phoneme correspondences (desktop, shellfish, traintrack, moonlight)
- Read decodable text to develop the skill of focusing on the word and reading for accuracy.
- Read authentic text at a flowing pace, pausing to attend to more complex punctuation
- Uses effective intonation, stress and expression that indicate comprehension
- Read at 90 words per minute
Group programs will align with Victorian School Term dates and will be delivered as whole programs, not on a sessional basis. This ensures students have the greatest opportunity to achieve and that families get value for money. In the past, we have found that students who attend on an ‘ad hoc’ basis do not make sufficient progress.If students are unable to keep a session appointment due to illness, exceptional and unexpected family circumstances or school excursions, we will offer a make-up session time within the current school term. We are unable to carry make-up sessions into the following term.