All our children have a right to an education, which is appropriate to them as individuals. We want all our children to feel that they are a valued part of our school community. We aspire to minimise the difficulties that children may experience. We are dedicated to helping each child to achieve his/her individual potential. The provision of a quality system of Learning Support and inclusive curriculum is integral to this commitment. We take into account the different backgrounds, experiences, interests and strengths that influence the way in which our children learn when we plan our approaches to teaching and learning throughout the school.
The Learning Support Team at Salamah College aims to facilitate processes and strategies to cater for the needs of all students within the school. Such needs could include physical, social, emotional, behavioural and academic concerns. The team is a decision making body and will aim to maximise the use of school resources and personnel to have a more coordinated and efficient structure to improve learning conditions for students and staff. Interventions will be delivered in a manner that best meets the needs identified, which may be through group, or individual teaching. Students are supported within a range of Literacy and Numeracy programs such as Pre Lit, Mini Lit, Multi Lit and LIEN and LIN Team Teaching.
Pre Lit is a systematic skills-based early literacy preparation program for our Kindergarten students. Pre-literacy skills and concepts are presented in an explicit, systematic and hierarchical sequence to provide the framework necessary for children to progress at their own pace and developmental level. Kindergarten students begin developing the necessary skills to become skilled readers; phonics, phonological awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.
Mini Lit is an early intervention reading program which assists our Year 1 and 2 students who find reading difficult. Students are catered for within a small group as they attend four sessions per week. Mini Lit incorporates the key elements of early reading programs; phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Within their sessions, students engage in ‘Sounds and Words Activities’, text readers as students utilise their newly acquired phonological skills and shared book reading session.
This program caters for students from Years 3 to 6 who read below the PM Benchmark for their grade. MULTI LIT is an intensive, systematic reading program whereby students focus on sight word knowledge, phonemic awareness and supported reading. Students receive three sessions per week, at forty minutes per session.
This program caters for students from Years 1 to 6. LIEN and LIN Team Teaching is an intensive, inclusive Numeracy program whereby students focus on developing sound knowledge and strategies in four domains; counting, place value, addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division. It entails one forty minute session each week for appropriate classes.
An Individual Plan (IP) is both a process and a product. It is a teaching tool used to deliver appropriate programs and strategies for those students with specific learning needs. It is a commitment of services and resources the school and the parents agree to provide for students.
Behaviour Support is offered to those students who require extra support and to learn appropriate behaviour. These students must be referred by mainstream teachers. Their level of support is dependent on the needs they present. This may include personalised behaviour charts, Individual Behaviour Management Plans, behaviour contracts, social skill programs, social stories and anger management programs.