We are fortunate to have a wide range of support programmes on offer at our school. These are the programmes we have to support student learning:
- Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP)
- Reading Recovery
- Rainbow Reading
- Buddy Reading
- Steps to Literacy
- Social Skills Groups
- ESOL Groups
- Handwriting support
- Talk about Books (oral language support)
- Maths Support
- Teacher Aide support in classrooms
Research shows that 10% of the population has dyslexia. At Point Chevalier School we are fortunate to belong to a cluster of schools which are actively seeking to learn more about this different way of learning. We belong to the 4D network of schools seeking to support students who learn to read and write in a different way. We offer the Steps to Literacy Programme for students who require support in this area. If you have any concerns that your child is not making progress in literacy or if dyslexia runs in your family please contact Penny Knowles. We will arrange to screen your child and assess his/her eligibility for the Steps programme.
At Point Chevalier School we have Reading Recovery for children who need extra literacy support. Who is selected? Children are selected for individual tutoring based on data from observational assessment tasks. These tests are used widely in New Zealand schools and overseas. How is it staffed?
Reading Recovery is staffed by a teacher who undertakes a specialised training course and who works with a Reading Recovery tutor. The child is given a 30 minute lesson every day for up to 20 weeks.
What is involved in a lesson?
- The child reads familiar books.
- The teacher assesses and provides feedback on a reading assessment task. (This is called a running record.)
- A letter identification task may be given.
- The child learns how to work with letters to form words.
- The child writes a story, hearing and recording the sounds.
- The story, printed on cardboard, is cut up and then assembled by the child. (The cut-up story is sent home for reassembling.)
- After the teacher introduces a new book, the child reads it with the teacher’s support.
What can I do as a parent to help?
- Ensure your child is at school every day to receive the tutoring.
- Listen to your child read the books he/she brings home.
- Encourage your child to reassemble the cut-up story.
- Where can I get further information about Reading Recovery?
The National Reading Recovery Centre is located at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education. Please see their website for further information.