Diverse learning

St Mark’s Primary has a long history of supporting students with diverse learning needs. All students at St Mark’s are valued and encouraged in their learning and supported in reaching their potential.

At St Mark’s we support  all our students by providing differentiated teaching and learning and make personalised adjustments as required.

Intervention programs include;

  • Learning support
  • English as an additional language/dialect EAL/D
  • Reading Recovery
  • Transition
  • Wellbeing

Some examples of other interventions and activities;

QuickSmart Numeracy

QuickSmart Numeracy is a mathematics intervention program for Years 4-6 students focussed on developing addition/subtraction and multiplication/division facts. It is researched based and has been designed to develop fast, accurate, automatic basic skills. QuickSmart lessons are run with a pair of students, 3 times per week for half an hour. The duration of the program is 30 weeks and entry into the program is based on a standardised criteria.

Social Skills through Board Games.

This weekly program aims to develop a repertoire of strategies to foster and strengthen positive play with peers. Examples of skills include resolving disagreements, problem solving and losing.

Macqu-lit Program (“Macquarie Literacy Program”)

This program targets older low progress readers from year 3 onwards. The students are taught in small groups and teaches key components necessary for effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Mini-lit Program (“Meeting Initial Needs in Literacy”)

An adapted version of the Mini-lit Program is offered to students in Kindergarten and Year 1. This is a small group intervention program teaching letter/sound knowledge and decoding skills in preparation for reading. An additional component to this program teaches digraphs and sight words.

Multi-lit Program (“Making Up For Lost Time in Literacy”)

This is offered to students who need support to become functional readers. It is a 1:1 instructional, research-based reading program. The key elements are Word Attack (phonics) & Spelling, Sight Words and Reinforced Reading. The program assists in developing decoding skills, reading accuracy and reading fluency. Generally this program is offered to students from Years 2-4.

Multi-lit Extension Program

The Word Attack Skills Extension Program is particularly suited (but not limited) to students who have finished the Multi-lit Program but may need further assistance with decoding and improving their reading to a level where they can access the more academic demands of the curriculum. In a 1:1 instructional setting, students are exposed to more complex letter combinations, affixes and multi-syllable words. Additional components include spelling to reinforce reading and vocabulary development. Generally this program is offered to Year 5 and 6 students.

Lunch Club

Lunch Club now includes students from K-6 who may find the playground overwhelming or enjoy a quieter space to play. Students attend Monday and/or Tuesday lunch time. Often this is a perfect opportunity to practice social skills and continue to build positive peer relationships. Our Stage 3 students assist as role models in this space.

Small Group Intervention

This term small group intensive instruction has focussed on learning and applying comprehension strategies. The tasks compliment class programs and occurs within the mainstream setting.

Mainstream Classroom Support

This form of support aims to facilitate the successful inclusion of all students in our school to access the curriculum at their individual level. Students in this setting may receive additional assistance. Examples include; literacy and numeracy support, additional instruction, visuals to assist with multi-step instruction, scribing, support to interact with peers, assistance with self-regulation, task focus or 1-1 reading for fluency and accuracy.