Foundation

Foundation

Semester 2

Welcome to Term 3 in Foundation.

The Term 3, Integrated subject looks at different types of jobs and how they contribute to society.  At the beginning of the term the Foundation students received a letter from Chilli and Bandit (Bluey’s parents) asking them to investigate a new job for Bandit.  Students use books, videos, guest speakers and explorative play to learn about these jobs. Each week a new umbrella of jobs is introduced, such as trade jobs, emergency workers, community workers etc. At the end of the unit students will write back to Bandit and Chilli to suggest the job they think Bandit should do; they will also present a jobs expo displaying the work they have done throughout the term.

The Literacy program has strong links to the Job unit, where students are being introduced to information texts. As well as learning about the features and purpose of these books, students are also supported to use graphic organisers to record and sort the information they are learning.  The students will look at traditional stories towards the end of term which will give them the opportunity to experience story telling from different cultures.

In Writing, the Preps are encouraged to reread their work to edit. Student led writing goals will continue to be used, these allow students to take agency in their own learning and to celebrate their progress.  We will continue to link our writing to language experiences, the Jobs unit, letter writing and personal experiences to make sure that writing is purposeful.

The Mathematics program this term builds on the number work the students have done in Semester 1. Students will be learning about addition, subtraction and sharing strategies by using hands on materials and through storytelling. They will also look at ordinal number which involves the students racing paper airplanes and cars. In Foundation, the measurement of time is linked to the days of the week and comparing the length of events. Students will learn to order the days of the week and be asked to link events to the days they occur on.

Wellbeing in Semester 2 will encompass learning from two programs. The Respectful Relationships program focuses on building students’ capabilities to manage their social and emotional health. The Talking the Talk program provides students with the knowledge and language to talk about their bodies, identify their ‘Safety Network’ of adults and develop help-seeking strategies that they can use now and later in life.

Welcome to Semester 1 in Foundation.

Starting school is a big step for students and at Moreland PS they are supported to transition into the routines of school by developing their social and emotional capabilities. This is done through Developmental Play, Integrated Subjects, and our Respectful Relationships program.

Play is an opportunity for the students to practise the skills they are learning in class as well as to enjoy and cement the friendships they are forming.

The Term 1, Integrated subject Me at School helps the students to see themselves as part of the school community. In Term 2, the Me and my family unit is an opportunity to celebrate the different ways families are and for the students to learn about and compare what makes our families unique. We start our Respectful Relationships program in Prep by exploring what emotions are, how they feel and what strategies can be used when emotions are strong. We also look at personal strengths and what it means to be a good friend.

The Literacy program starts with the Preps looking at the concepts of print, including naming the parts of a book and identifying what a letter, word and sentence are. Students start to develop their comprehension skills so they can respond to and make connections to stories.

Throughout the semester students will build their phonological awareness by looking at the sounds that letters make and through identifying them in words, read and heard. As students progress they will then begin using this knowledge to read texts. In Writing the Preps are encouraged to form letters correctly and to include the sounds they can hear in the words they are writing.  We link our writing to language experiences, Integrated subjects and personal experiences to make sure that writing is purposeful.

The Semester 1 Mathematics program has a strong emphasis on the base ten system. Students are encouraged to establish an understanding of numbers to ten by counting and ordering objects, as well as matching collections to number names and numerals. Students also practice recognising small collections of objects without counting and looking at the different ways to make ten. In the patterns unit students look at how to copy, continue and create patterns with the understanding that the core element of the pattern is what repeats. Mathematics in Prep is very hands on and this is especially true during our measurement units on length, mass and capacity where students are encouraged to experiment with hands on materials and then to record and explain their thinking.

Semester 1 is a very busy time in Prep and requires a lot of adjustment and flexibility from the students therefore we include Developmental Play, Gratitude Journals and Wellbeing activities as part of our program.