Mt Waverley's Best Kept Secret: Syndal South Primary School

Individualised Programs.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery has been supporting the literacy program at Syndal South for many years.

Reading Recovery had its beginnings in New Zealand and is based on several decades of ongoing research into the best teaching procedures for children experiencing difficulty with reading and writing. It is now recognized world wide and is the preferred means of intervention in Victorian Government schools in Victoria.

Reading Recovery offers an additional opportunity for children in Year One to develop their skills in reading and writing. We aim to provide Reading Recovery for 20% of the children in Year One, for 12 to 20 weeks.

All children are assessed at the beginning of the year so as no child in need of support is overlooked. All students are monitored throughout the year and those children with the greatest need are selected to have 30 minute, individual, daily lessons with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher.

The daily lessons are designed for each child following the same format, but catering for each child’s individual literacy needs, in order to help them become confident, independent readers and writers.

The Syndal South’s Reading Recovery teacher is more than happy to provide more information and support to parents, whether their child is accessing Reading Recovery or not.

Why not take a look at the program in action by visiting the Reading Recovery blog –

There are several very insightful video clips of lessons in progress on Google. More information about Reading Recovery is also available at the following websites:

DEECD Reading Recovery
NSW DET Reading Recovery

QuickSmart Maths

QuickSmart is a numeracy intervention program that is in it’s second year at Syndal South Primary School.

The primary aim of the QuickSmart intervention program is to develop automaticity. The intervention program begins in Year 4 when students have had the opportunity to develop automaticity in class. Students participate in three 30 minute QuickSmart sessions in pairs per week.

In the QuickSmart mathematics classes students are explicitly taught strategies that develop their understanding of key concepts such as place value. QuickSmart mathematics sessions aim to develop students’ general number sense – their ability to identify and use number patterns, their understanding of the meanings of and relationships between the different operations, etc. These strategies are discussed explicitly and inform all the practice exercises completed by the learners.

QuickSmart mathematics intervention strategies include a variety of short, focused activities that aim to increase students’ strategy use and improve their automatic recall of basic number facts across all four operations. Mathematics intervention sessions include:

  • timed recall of basic number facts from a targeted set of focus number facts;
  • speed sheets that also relate to the same set of focus facts and include extension number facts;
  • opportunities to consolidate the use of strategies for calculating number facts;
  • the use of a prompt scaffold to solve mathematical problems and establish knowledge of problem-solving routines; and
  • regular testing on tasks from the computer bank of mathematical tasks.