At Beaumaris Primary school, we believe that getting the building blocks right in literacy in the early years of schooling is essential to students becoming confident and capable readers and spellers. Beaumaris Primary school monitors the achievements of students on a continuous basis and identifies where students may have missed or not picked up the necessary skills to achieve literacy success.
We have an intervention program designed to support the reading and spelling development of children identified as in need of additional learning support. Students who participate in this program have been identified through individualised literacy assessments to understand their strengths and also find out what they next need to learn. The needs may vary from phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary development, spelling and or reading comprehension. Support is provided via one on one or small group sessions in an area away from the classroom for 10 - 40 minutes once or twice a week.
The Learning Support program follows the MSL (multi- sensory language) OG (Orton Gillingham) approach. This approach was developed by neurologist Dr Samuel Orton and educator and psychologist, Anna Gillingham in the 1930s. It was developed for students with dyslexia but it is beneficial for all students. This approach incorporates explicit teaching of letter sound relationships, syllable patterns, spelling rules and morphology (meaning of word parts).
A number of characteristics define the MSL OG approach: