Learning Enrichment and Program Support (LEAPS)

WS PRIMARY LEARNING ENRICHMENT AND PROGRAM SUPPORT (LEAPS)

Learning Enrichment and Program Support (LEAPS) provides learning enrichment and support for a wide range of students throughout the College. The LEAPS team is committed to assisting and enriching the learning experiences of students to maximise student potential and educational outcomes. The team consists of Enrichment and Learning Support Teachers and Assistants. The department collaborates with parents, teachers and other specialists to form a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting students and their learning needs. Program Support Group meetings for identified students are held and Individual Learning Plans where appropriate are implemented.

LEAPS teachers administer assessments, recommend strategies and resources, liaise with staff and others, and provide intervention or enrichment. Students receive support within their classroom or work in small groups or individually in LEAPS classrooms. LEAPS assists in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy and other subject based areas. It also assists in the development of social, organisational, study and homework skills. LEAPS provides extension through a large range of extra-curricular classes, activities and programs.

 

WANTIRNA SOUTH PRIMARY LEAPS

LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAM

Learning Enrichment and Program Support (LEAPS) consist of an experienced team of passionate, dedicated teachers and learning support assistants. Their servant hearts and posture of prayer provides a safe, secure and inspiring environment for students.

In collaboration with Classroom Teachers, the LEAPS team use a variety of resources, strategies and intervention/enrichment programs designed to engage and motivate students in their learning, and are committed to developing the student’s social and organisational skills, along with assisting students complete their homework requirements.

Appreciating that every child is made in the image of God, with unique gifts and abilities, the LEAPS staff are committed to supporting, enhancing and fostering a growth mindset aimed at maximizing student opportunities and learning potential.

Parent Support Group

Parent Support Group (PSG) meetings are conducted throughout the year. These meetings include the Classroom Teacher, parents, LEAPS and Learning Support and Specialist Teachers. PSG meetings are aimed at discussing student challenges, specific needs and implementing appropriate strategies. They also offer an opportunity to celebrate student progress and success. When necessary, an Individual Educational Plan may be created and implemented. Each plan consists of specific goals tailored for the individual student whether focussing on additional support or extension.

Social Skills Classes

Small groups of students are invited to attend weekly lunch time games group. Games and fun activities are the vehicles used to build and develop the students’ social skills.

Homework Club

Students from Year 3-6 requiring additional support and assistance in completing their homework, are invited to attend Homework Club. Individual help is provided in a small group setting guided by a Learning Support teacher and a Learning Support Assistant.

Extend and Enthuse through Enrichment

LEAPS Enrichment sessions are offered to gifted and talented students. These provide further learning, outside of the classroom, through a specific Inquiry based program. Each topic is designed to develop Higher Order Thinking Skills through problem solving, open ended questions and direct teaching. A broad range of proficiencies such as research methods, creative thinking, critical analysis and logic are also incorporated.

Opportunities to participate in various competitions, both internally and externally, are also encouraged. These range from collaborative tournaments such as G.A.T.E.WAYS through to individual challenges like the Australian Maths Competition and Chess. Tournaments provide additional opportunities for students to expand, explore and enhance their skills and talents.