Learning Development Centre
The Learning Development Centre (LDC) team works in conjunction with classroom teachers to provide support and enrichment programmes. All students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 are screened, each year, and from these results further testing is conducted with identified boys. After collaboration with classroom teachers, programme recommendations are made and parents consulted.
LDC support programmes are flexible and take a number of forms. Some students work in small groups, outside the classroom, on literacy programmes where the boys work to their strengths and address specific learning needs.
A small number of students in Years 2 to 6 are placed on the Multilit programme, which is an intensive programme that focuses on the fundamentals of literacy learning including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Some students are supported in the classroom, through team teaching or the provision of programme support, modification and/or strategies for teaching and learning.
Using the screening results, identified boys are further assessed for inclusion in enrichment programmes. As places are limited, only those students who meet the set criteria are included.
The focus of these programmes varies from semester to semester and between year levels, therefore assessment criteria changes. This enables the LDC to cater for a wider range of student achievement. It also means that inclusion into one enrichment programme does not ensure automatic entry into subsequent programmes.
The focus of the centre’s various enrichment programmes includes mathematics, inquiry, critical thinking skills, literacy, robotics and future problem solving.
For more information on academic enrichment in the Prep School, click here.