Learning Enrichment Learning Enrichment

The Learning Enrichment Program at Grace Lutheran Primary School provides additional learning opportunities and support for Gifted and Talented students. These opportunities exist in addition to the extension opportunities provided within the daily classroom context.

What does a gifted and talented student look like?

"Gifted students are those who are commonly characterised by an advanced pace of learning, quality of thinking OR capability for remarkably high standards of performance compared to students of the same age.  Giftedness designates the possession and use of outstanding natural abilities, called aptitudes, that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers. Talent is the systematic and strategic development of these natural gifts into outstanding tangible competencies." (Gagne, 2008)

There is no stereotype of a gifted student.  Gifted individuals can be quiet, straight A students, active and noisy, talented in one field and not another, underachieving due to dual exceptionalities such as dyslexia, ASD or social and emotional difficulties – the range and spectrum is endless.

What does the Learning Enrichment Program involve?

The Learning Enrichment Teacher works with students once a week on tailor made activities, designed to develop the student’s area of gifting.  These programs include writing workshops, extension Mathematics classes, Scientific investigations, competitions, service learning tasks and more.  The Learning Enrichment Teacher is also available to assist classroom teachers to plan curriculums which engage and challenge these students.

How are students identified for the Learning Enrichment Program?

Teachers and parents can refer students to be assessed for the Learning Enrichment Program.  Once referred, the classroom teacher provides a range of data about the student and the Learning Enrichment Teacher administers the Ravens Progressive Matrices Exam. Students who score above the 90-95th percentile on this exam are accepted into the program.