Student Learning Support

Welcome to St Joseph's Learning Support Program

St Joseph’s Hectorville is able to offer a variety of programs complimentary to the student learning that takes place in the classroom. The programs are designed to support students with their learning in a small group or on a 1:1 basis. Students are recommended by their class teacher in collaboration with the Student Learning Coordinator. A brief overview of all the programs has been included to provide parents and caregivers with a clearer understanding of the specific aims and outcomes for each program.


Fine Motor Skills Program (Reception – Yr 2)

Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects and fastening clothing. This program is designed to develop and strengthen these developmental skills through carefully planned activities and games.


Gross Motor Skills Program – The Move to Learn Program (Rec – Yr 1)

The Move to Learn Program is a simple flexible movement program based on natural movements. This program comprises 10 simple movement sequences that cover all the essentials that every child needs to establish an effective foundation for academic learning, stimulating the body senses and firing up the nervous system. The program focuses on the development of:

  • Impulse control
  • Concentration
  • Gross motor skills
  • Posture/sitting position


Listening Program (Yr 1 – Yr 5)

The Listening Programs modified music techniques are designed to stimulate or exercise the different functions of the auditory processing system. This enables the brain to better receive, process, store and utilise information provided through varied soundscapes in our lives such as music, language, and the environment in which we live.  


QuickSmart Numeracy Program ( Yr 4 – Yr 6 )

The QuickSmart Numeracy Program aims to improve students’ understanding and speedy recall of basic number facts.  


Rainbow Reading ( Yr 1 – Yr 5)

The Rainbow Reading Program is an audio assisted reading program improving the skills of struggling readers. The program focuses on the development of reading strategies such as:

  • Fluency
  • Use of phrasing
  • Use of expression
  • Meaning ( comprehension)

The Rainbow Reading Program operates Monday to Thursday from 8.30 – 9.00 to avoid students missing out on morning classroom routines and the Literacy teaching block.


Literacy Program (Year 1 and Year 2)

The Literacy Program has been modeled on the Reading Recovery principles where students are explicitly taught reading and writing strategies through a series of carefully structured activities. This program is taught on a 1:1 basis and is individualised to meet each students specific learning needs.

Lesson structure:

  • Reading of familiar books
  • Letter identification/sorting
  • Reading of instructional book
  • Word work – breaking words apart
  • Cut up story
  • Introduction of new book


Reading Doctor Program (Reception – Year 2)

  • Teaches letter sound relationship
  • Teaches blending and segmentation
  • Teaches sight and high frequency words


Multi –Lit Program (Year 3 – Year 6)

Focuses on developing word attack and sight word skills