Orana Catholic Primary School is an inclusive school and aims to meet the needs of all of its students. It is committed to offering a range of opportunities that enable each student to experience success and to develop to their full potential. The Learning Support Programme offered links closely with the school wide learning principles of 'Challenge, Engage and Connect' and is implemented using the school values of 'Respect, Generosity and Excellence'.

The Learning Support Policy is based on the key points of the research -'Catch Them Before They Fall: Identification and Assessment to Prevent Reading Failure in Young Children' (Joseph K. Torgesen 1998), which states that "the best solution to the problem of reading failure is to allocate resources for early identification and prevention". Orana's preventative model of intervention identifies students at risk at the end of the Kindy Year and begins intervention early in Pre-Primary before significant issues can arise.

The children attend small group sessions with the Learning Support Teacher for 15 - 30 minutes (depending on their age and needs) four days each week. For children to develop successful reading and writing skills it is essential that they are competent in both oral language skills and print-based literacy skills (i.e. alphabetic and phonic knowledge, spelling and decoding). The small group intervention sessions target these skills. The activities presented challenge the students to attempt all tasks as they engage in the learning involved. The children build a strong connection with their group and the teacher as they support and encourage each other in the learning journey.

Three main learning styles are incorporated into the lessons - auditory, visual and kinaesthetic. Auditory learners tend to remember what they hear, visual learners tend to remember what they see and kinaesthetic learners need to move and get their hands on what they are learning. The children rotate through games and activities spending time learning to work independently as well as specific skill practice with the Teacher. Explicit skills are practised daily to promote success and automaticity and to aid the transfer into long-term memory.

Success and fun are the key elements! The photographs give a glimpse of the multitude of activities the children undertake when attending the lessons. Technology plays an important role in specific skill practice as well, as all apps and games presented have an explicit phonological element and the children are independent and engaged.

The children enjoy the repetitive, success-based learning and make significant improvements in their early literacy knowledge and skills.