Guided Reading:

Guided reading is small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency. The small group model allows children to be taught reading strategies in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress. The goal of guided reading is for students to use these strategies independently on their way to becoming fluent, skilled readers.

First Steps:

First Steps is a literacy resource for teachers researched and developed in Western Australia. It comprises a range of literacy strands in the areas of Reading, Writing and Oral Language. The approach underpinning First Steps is that of gradually moving the child from a supportive context with a significant degree of teacher scaffolding to a more independent context where the child has greater control and autonomy.

Reading Recovery:

Reading Recovery  is a licensed, school-based, short-term, early literacy intervention designed for children aged around six years of age. Reading Recovery involves intensive one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes a day with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher. This series of lessons is individually designed for each child, based on moment by moment observations and skilled teacher decisions. The goal is for children to become effective readers and writers, able to work within the average band of their class at age-appropriate levels of literacy.

Maths Recovery:

Maths Recovery is an early intervention programme focussing solely on the number aspect of mathematics developed by R.J. Wright in New South Wales. Maths Recovery offers a unique approach to extending children’s number knowledge, understanding and strategies. The programme offers an extremely detailed profiles-based assessment of pupils in respect of these areas and provides a framework for individual, group or class-based instruction which is suitable for pupils who are experiencing difficulties as well as average and more able children.


Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years in Ireland. Aistear is a guide for planning exciting, engaging and fun learning experiences and activities for children in infant classes. Research indicates that children learn best in an environment which allows them to explore, discover, and play. Play is an important part of a developmentally appropriate child care program. It is also closely tied to the development of cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical behaviors.