Measuring in Mathematics

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 24, 2016

For the past two weeks lots of our learning in Mathematics has been about Length. We have sorted and ordered objects from shortest to longest. We have ordered ourselves from shortest to tallest. We have measured the length of our school shoe with cubes. Now we can say, “My, what big shoes you have!” Below are some photos that give you a glimpse into our learning.

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Buddy time

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 24, 2016

Starting school can be very overwhelming but at St. Anne’s we are very lucky to have great Year 6 Buddies. They are there to help us, they care for us and they share in the fun that we have at school. Every fortnight we share a session together and last week we played a fun card game with them.

Thank you Buddies.

Love from your Foundation friends.

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Welcome to 2016

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 10, 2016

A very warm welcome to all of our new Foundation students and their families.

We are looking forward to an exciting and fun filled year as we all “Learn to Grow” at St. Anne’s.

We are really proud of how well everyone has settled in and are already feeling more confident and comfortable here at school.

Our first day was an exciting one with mums, dads and even some grandparents assisting with the unpacking of supplies, settling into activities and of course, taking a few photos to keep as treasured memories.

Our Year 6 buddies visited our learning space during the morning and from then on we haven’t looked back!

It’s up, up and away, we’re on our way!

We look forward to sharing more information on our blog as a ‘window into the classroom’ and encourage you to visit this site regularly with your child to share in our learning. Please feel welcome to leave us a comment anytime.

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Term 1 Overview

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 4, 2016

PARENT INFORMATION FLYER

Foundation 2016

Welcome to our First Term Overview for 2016.

Foundation is the terminology used for the first year of school.

We are looking forward to working with your child as they “Learn to Grow at St Anne’s.”

You will also find this document on our Foundation Level blog accessed via the school website. Each subsequent term overview will be updated there for you to access. We encourage you to visit our Foundation Level blog regularly as we aim to provide a ‘window’ into the classroom by the updates we will add. Please feel welcome to add a comment.

Teachers
Julie McLachlan

jmclachlan@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Nicole Drago

ndrago@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Frances Owen

owenf@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Julie: Foundation MD

Monday all day

Tuesday 11:30-3:30pm

Wednesday all day

Thursday 12:30-3:30pm

Friday all day
Nicole: Prep MD

Tuesday 9:00-11:00am

Thursday 9:00-12:30pm

Frances: Prep O

Full time in classroom

  • Home reading books – Students will soon be bringing home reading books. They are carried to and from school in the mailbag. Students select one book each day to read at home. You will notice that the books have a coloured dot and this equates with their reading level. Literacy assessment carried out by the teacher determines the most appropriate beginning level for each child. Please note; reading at home should be an enjoyable task and a positive and supportive experience. Please inform us if you are concerned or your child is experiencing difficulties. Time spent should be no longer than 10 mins and an important part is the discussion about the book, its characters, events, setting, etc. Teachers are engaged in ongoing monitoring and assessment of Literacy skills, therefore, it is the classroom teachers who determine if a change is required to any child’s take home level. Recording the title of books read in the Take Home Reading Journal is the responsibility of parents. Inside the mailbag will also be a ‘display folder’ in which the teachers will place important notices and helpful information about Literacy development plus coloured M100 word charts to practise reading at home.
    • Classroom Helpers – A roster for Literacy classroom helpers is displayed in each classroom, please add you name if you have a Working with Children Check and you have completed the Classroom Helper’s Course. Information regarding this course will be available in the school newsletter in the coming weeks.
    • Important Dates: Foundation Level Welcoming Mass is this Sunday 7th February at 10:30am.
  • Morning Routine: Next week (week beg. Monday 8th February) students arriving at school need to leave their school bags outside the Junior building near the doors. The students can play outside on the top area, adventure playground and basketball court (not on the Soccer pitch) where a teacher is on duty from 8:30am until the bell goes at 8:55am.
  • Fitness (Mon – Thu) and Meditation (Fri) both activities will commence next week and will start as soon as the 8.55am bell sounds. Please try to ensure children are at school on time and regularly here for these activities. Meditation is a quiet, reflective time and we ask you to support this by maintaining a quiet, respectful tone during this time.
  • Students should have ALL their school supplies at school. These items will be stored and distributed when they are required.
  • Please ensure that the mail bag is in your child’s school bag each day, making sure that you check each evening for any notes.
  • Lunch orders can be placed online via the school website. Order need to be placed by Wednesday morning only and are distributed to the students on Friday. Lunch order menus can be accessed via the school website. Icypoles can be purchased on Fridays. Students need to bring 50c in a small wallet or purse or in their lunchbox.  
  • We encourage all students to be responsible for carrying and unpacking their own school bags. Remember, one of the greatest gifts you will ever give you child is INDEPENDENCE.
  • Please remember that if you need to speak with us regarding your child, please let us know and we will arrange a time that is suitable. However, please note, that on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons we are unavailable due to Professional Learning Meetings.
  • We encourage you to choose the foods you place in your child’s lunchbox carefully and request that consideration be given to students who may have nut allergies.
  • Birthday’s are very special times for young children. If you wish to send in some little treat to share please check with your child’s class teacher prior.
Physical Education / Sport Lesson Information Communications Technology Performing Arts Language Pathway: Italian Library
Tuesday with Mrs. Marita Anderson

(All students are required to wear sports uniform)

Wednesday with Mrs. Lauren Rennison Tuesday with Mrs. Barbara Green Tuesday with Mrs. Maria Cannarozzo Foundation MD- Friday with classroom teacher

Foundation O- Wednesday with classroom teacher

(Please return library books each week)

Please note: Whilst students in Foundation O are not attending school on Wednesdays we will borrow from the Library on Fridays.

 

Curriculum Overview

  • Literacy

The Literacy block is comprised of two hours daily practise of reading and writing skills. Each Literacy block commences with a Shared Reading experience during which the teacher and students read together a text with large print. Following this, the students move to group or individual reading activities while the teacher works with a small group. The students are guided by the teacher as they read, think and talk their way through the text which the teacher has selected to meet their needs. At the conclusion of the reading block the students are gathered for Share Time during which they articulate their learning.

The Writing block then commences with Modelled or Shared Writing, during which the teacher models a proficient writer at work. The students are then engaged in independent writing and once again the teacher withdraws a small group or individuals to teach a specific skill. The Writing block also concludes with Share Time.

During Term One our focus for Reading will be on the concepts of print such as print direction, 1:1 matching, some punctuation such as full stops and question marks, the difference between letters, words and pictures, capital and lower case letters and on beginning to identify some frequently occurring words such as I, a, to, the.

In Writing, our learning intention will centre around writing the setting of a Recount to convey the who, what, when, where and why of a retold event. We will begin to build some familiar words to write such as I, to, the, a, and will also begin to gain skill in slowly articulating words, listening for the sounds within that word and recording some of the matching letters.

  • Numeracy:

Students count the size of small sets using the numbers 0 to 20. They use one-to-one correspondence to identify when two sets are equal in size and when one set is larger than another. They form collections of sets of equal size. They use ordinal numbers to describe the position of elements in a set from first to tenth. They use materials to model addition and they add by counting forward using the numbers from 0 to 20.

They are introduced to the language of time, sequencing daily activities and the days of the week. They use informal units to measure and compare and order objects by their length. Students will explore the attributes of shapes. The students are also introduced to the language of location such as in front of, beside and between.

 

 

  • Social Emotional Learning:

 

The students begin to identify the qualities of a friend and demonstrate care for other students. They contribute to the development of positive social relationships in a range of contexts. One approach we adopt is Circle Time, where discussions take place which include language and actions to use when dealing with conflicts. Students at this level are required to work cooperatively in groups across all areas of the curriculum. The students are introduced to the story “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” The will explore ways to be a bucket filler through positive behaviours such as sharing, using manners, and caring for others.

  • Education in Faith:

The focus will be for students to learn about prayer as talking to and listening to God. They are introduced to the prayer space and the objects and symbols that make up this space. They learn some of the behaviours and actions of prayer, including making the Sign of the Cross. They participate in saying our school prayer each day. The students are also introduced to the image of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd. The students begin to learn about Lent and Holy Week. They are introduced to the stories of the Lost Sheep, the Washing of the Feet and the Last Supper. Through these stories, and in keeping with the season of Lent and Holy Week, the students are introduced to Jesus Christ as the one who loves us, who seeks out the lost, who humbly serves others, and who provides nourishment. These stories and themes are explored more fully in the following years of the students’ Religious Education.

  • Inquiry

Our Inquiry unit for Term One is titled, ‘Is it Fair?’ and focuses on begin to develop a sense of belonging to the school community. The students are introduced to the idea of the classroom being a community and they learn about respect and concern for others and being fair. They learn about classroom rules and why they are needed. They begin to compare classroom and family rules and other rules that they know about such as those for games and sport. Students explore their responsibilities and rights and those of others in familiar contexts such as the family, the classroom, the school playground and local recreation areas.

  • Specialists

Language Pathways: Italian

During Term 1 the children will be introduced to learning Italian. They will learn basic greetings and to name body parts through story and song.

 

Physical Education

Students will begin to develop basic motor skills such as running, hopping, jumping, skipping, catching and throwing.  They will learn simple rules and procedures for safe movement and following instructions through games such as ‘Charlie Wants A Home’, Island Tag’ and Shipwreck’.

 

Performing Arts

Performing Arts focus: Music

This term the students will learn to recognise and explore how sounds can be changed, sing simple songs from memory, imitate repeated sound patterns and match movements to music. A variety of simple children’s songs and nursery rhymes will allow students to explore beat, tempi and dynamic levels with tuned and untuned instruments.  Students will sing songs from other cultures and be encouraged to express their likes and dislikes of different kinds of music. Providing students with fun and energetic learning experiences to learn, about music is a key aim of this program. I am looking forward to working with our Foundation students this year.

 

Information and Communications Technology

This term, the Foundation students will be looking at different ways technology is used at school and at home. They will learn about the parts of a computer and compare various types of technology devices. They will also become familiar with logging onto the school network and the internet, which will lead to learning about important cybersafety rules.

 

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