Karoo Primary School offers a number of programs to assist students develop their areas of weakness that may, or are impacting on their academic achievement. These programs are run by Literacy Aides.
In the Prep year students are screened for oral language use and phonemic awareness. The results of these assessments are used to identify students who may become at risk. At risk students are selected to attend either a phonemic awareness group, a Direct Instruction language program to develop concepts and basic sentence structure or, in some cases, to attend a speech pathologist. Students attend the Phonemic Awareness program that deals with specific areas for a term and then are reassessed for suitability to continue or to return to the full classroom program.
Students in Years 1 and 2 are also screened for phonological awareness as well as a screening test for the Direct Instruction program. Students are selected for the program based on the screening and other results obtained from the class teacher and the Phonological Awareness assessment. The selected students attend the appropriate level of the program 4 days a week for 40 minutes.
Students who are deemed at risk in Years 3 to 6 are also screened in the same manner and may be included in program at a level suited to their needs.