With the recent introduction of the National Curriculum to WA, many parents have found their children thrust into a fast pace learning environment which has not allowed time for their child to fully grasp and practice new learning in subjects like mathematics. As a result, a child without consistent remedial support and homework, even in Year 1 and 2, can be quickly left behind. In Lower Primary, there is also the added challenge to ensure that a child’s english and comprehension is continually improving. Often is the case that a child may not necessarily have a problem learning maths, but rather with underdeveloped english comprehension skills, they have difficulty understanding taught explainations and sentences in workbook activities.
The Foundational Learning Program is underpinned by the principle that in order for a child to apply new learning widely and confidently, they need to:
start on a basis of preparatory knowledge;
then building on this knowledge, be taught in an effective way that they understand the concept(s) of the learning area;
have the time and space to practice applying those concepts to different situations and activities to consolidate the learning.
Continually review learning until the skill is innate;
About the program
When does the Program start?
The Program is open for enrolments throughout the year and starts the first week of each school term. Parents may place their children into the Program at any time by contacting the Program Coordinator.
How does the Program support my child’s learning?
The Program is designed to improve a child’s understanding of underlying mathematical operations as opposed to upfront “Rote Learning” or memorising through repetition - though repetition has its place. When children understand the reasoning underlying mathematical ideas and models, they will confidently apply it to school work, everyday situations and activities. Children attending the Program will be active in their own learning experience through hands on activities guided by our tutors to encourage understanding and practice of concepts.
What can I expect in the process for my child?
Free initial assessment
It does not matter when a child enters the Program as our tutors will first assess where a child is at in the maths curriculum in terms of competencies. The assessment will take between 10-15 minutes to complete. We also interview the parent(s) to understand how the child learns and listen to their observations on where they know their child needs most support.
Learning strategy and lesson planning
From the assessment, a learning strategy and lesson plans will be developed for the child. Every child is different so these are customised for each child and continually updated to cater to individual circumstances as tutoring progresses over time. A child’s learning strategy incorporates regular assessments to gauge progress and facilitate any required adjustments to their learning program.
Attending tutoring sessions
A child needs to attend tutoring sessions consistently throughout the year in order to observe meaningful progress. Each session allows the child to learn and practice new mathematical concepts with hands on activities. Sessions also form the basis for tutors to gauge progress and make necessary adjustments to sessions and “take home” activities to consolidate learning.
Completing worksheets at home with the child
At the end of each tutoring session, a child will be given short worksheets to be completed on a daily basis at home. The expectation is that activities will take no more than 10 minutes per day. Parents need to ensure, the child completes the worksheet sections regularly. They are designed to consolidate learning and are also there to assist tutors identify further any issues.
When will I see academic improvements in my child?
A child’s learning strategy incorporates regular assessments to gauge progress and facilitate any required adjustments to their learning program. Parents will be informed of these assessment outcomes. A child’s intellectual development is complex and inter-related with other aspects of their lives. Within this, the Foundational Program is systematic and aware of this fact in its approach to learning. Academic improvements will come as the child’s mathematical foundational concepts and consolidation of associated learning are strengthened through the Programs process.
Tutored by experienced, qualified and screened tutors
Our tutors are mature, experienced with teaching and tutoring at Primary and Secondary school levels across a wide range of subject areas (as well at Vocational and Tertiary levels). Our Program tutors are selected based on experience with tutoring/teaching primary school aged children and have relevant vocational and/or tertiary education qualifications. All our tutors hold current WA Working with Children Check (WWC) cards and are insured in providing educational services.
Small class sizes for effective tutoring
The Foundational Learning Program operates on a high student support principle which is essential to teach children concepts and provide close support when consolidating learning. As a result, our class sizes are small with a child to tutor ratio of
3 to 1 with generally only six (6) children with two (2) tutors per session.
Aligned to the National Curriculum
Our support Program - assessments, activities and tutoring support sequence - directly follows the Australian National Curriculum for Mathematics. As such, the tutoring support provided will naturally flow with where you child is at in school and will generally follow the school teaching sequence. The Program is highly flexible and will meld with the circumstances of the needs of your child.
Individual student planning for progress
With small class sizes, the Foundational Learning Program systematically plans and delivers a support and review program around your child’s learning needs and circumstances. This approach is to ensure a child continually progresses effectively towards academic achievement in the competencies required of the National Curriculum. The systematic approach in the Program is also very important for the child in developing beneficial habits and discipline that can be applied to other aspects of life.
Fee schedule for 2015
FEES PER CHILD (single)
Per half-hour session
Pre-paid, four (4) or more sessions
SCHOOLS - BULK (up to 6 children)
Per one hour session
Cash and credit card payments accepted on site.
Pre-paid (single through to multiple sessions) can be paid by downloading and completing the following form. The Institute will invoice the parent - EFT, or credit card payments accepted.