I first met Carly*, a Grade 2 student, when she came in for her initial assessment back in April. She was bright, looked me in the eye when she answered my questions and spoke with a nice, loud voice. Carly enjoyed drawing, painting and playing on the playground, but found it difficult to read. She wanted to learn but didn’t like going to school because she found it really difficult.
Her parents wanted to initially enrol her because the school she attended did not set any homework, and they felt she needed to do more in order to build up confidence in her studies before doing the NAPLAN test the following year.
We conducted our assessment and what we found was that:
- At Grade 2, Carly could not write her name properly.
- At Grade 2, Carly could not count to 10.
- At Grade 2, Carly did not know how to add or count back from 10.
- At Grade 2, Carly could not read or spell simple words such as ‘cat’ and ‘dog’.
- At Grade 2, Carly did not know any of her letter sounds.
- At Grade 2, Carly could not recognise all the letters of the alphabet.
Our assessment showed that Carly needed to start at the very beginning and we enrolled her into our Prep class. Although Carly recognised that she was behind, she wanted to do better at school.