Learning Support and Extension


St Kieran use a variety of intervention programs to assist children with difficulties in literacy and numeracy.


The program is specifically aimed at struggling readers. It is a Tier Two school-based small group program (up to four students per group) within a Response to Intervention Framework.

MiniLit is an integrated and balanced program of 80 carefully structured lessons, divided into two levels of forty lessons each:

  • Level 1: Teaching the basics of letter/sound knowledge and decoding skills for CVC words
  • Level 2: Extending word attack knowledge by teaching commonly used digraphs and longer words

This intervention program will normally be used to support children in Year One and Year Two.


The Fountas & Pinnell Levelled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) is an intensive, small-group, supplementary literacy intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult. The goal of LLI is to lift the literacy achievement of students who are not achieving grade-level expectations in reading. This intervention program will normally be used to support children in Year Three to Year Six.


EMU is a research-based intervention program developed by Dr Ann Gervasoni of Monash University. It has been shown to improve children’s knowledge and confidence with mathematics. The program offers intensive learning opportunities for students who are experiencing difficulty in learning mathematics in the early years and beyond. Importantly it provides professional learning that offers individual or groups of teachers’ expertise and leadership in mathematical learning.

This intervention program will normally be used to support children in Year One and Year Two.

English Enrichment

Students with a particular talent in Reading and Writing are involved in a very special program which sees them come together to further develop their advanced Language skills.

The program caters for a group of students from various year levels to share their understanding of literature and the conventions of writing.

More advanced reading and writing skills are taught and mastered during this time.

Gifted and Talented

Students with a high aptitude for learning through high order thinking come together to participate in a cross curricular program each week.
These independent learners benefit from passion projects and activities which harness their interests and strengths.

Activities often call for cooperative group strategies and advanced levels of commitment and organisation.