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.