Term 1 Overview

PARENT INFORMATION 

Foundation 2019

Welcome to our First Term Overview for 2019.

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

Annette Amato

annette@parkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Frances Owen

owenf@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Julie: Foundation MA

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Annette: Foundation MA

Monday

Tuesday

Frances: Foundation 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 current Working with Children Check.
    • Important Dates: Parent Information Evening: Tuesday 5th February 7pm. Beginning in the hall, then in the Foundation Level learning spaces.
    • Beginning of School Year Mass: Thursday 7th February 9:00am (church)

All welcome

    • Introduction of Foundation students at Assembly: Friday 8th February 11:30am (hall)
    • Foundation Level & Buddy Parish Welcoming Mass is Sunday 17th February at 10:30am
  • Morning Routine: Next week (week beg. Monday 4th 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.
  • Daily Fitness (Mon – Thu) will take place during these days at a time designated by each class teacher. Students are not required to wear Sports uniform for fitness activities.
  • On Friday mornings all classes start the day with Meditation. Please try to ensure children are at school on time and that students enter the building quietly. 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. Orders 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 your 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 carefully choose the foods you place in your child’s lunchbox and request that consideration be given to students who may have nut allergies.
  • Birthdays 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. Birthday treats will be distributed in class, however will be sent home to be consumed.
  • Hats and sunscreen are essential this term. SE NOTE: The timetable below will commence in Week 6 ( beginning Monday 4th March). Until then, specialist classes will be on Tuesdays (Weeks 2-5, 4th Feb – 1st March)
Physical Education / Sport Lesson Digital

Technologies

Performing Arts Language Pathway: Italian Library

Borrowing

Wednesday with Mrs. Kay Livingstone

(All students are required to wear sports uniform)

Tuesday

with Mrs. Lauren Rennison (Foundation MA)

Wednesday with Mrs Lauren Rennison (Foundation O)

Wednesday with Mrs. Barbara Green Wednesday with Mrs. Maria Cannarozzo Foundation MA- Monday with classroom teacher

Foundation O- Tuesday with classroom teacher

(Please return library books each week)

 

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 share a text together. 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.  We are continuing to integrate elements of the CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary) approach into our Reading sessions. This research-based approach assists students in becoming more strategic, independent and thoughtful readers.

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 lowercase letters and on beginning to identify some frequently occurring words such as; I, a, to, the.

In Writing, our learning intentions will focus on the writing  structure of Reports to convey the “are, can, live, have and eat” about such topics as animals . 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.

 

  • Personal & Social Capabilities:

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. We will have fortnightly sessions with our Year 6 Buddies and complete activities with them to build confidence and connectedness within the school environment.

 

  • 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 focuses on Environment and Sustainability. The students begin to develop understandings around how waste impacts on our environment. They will learn about what does ‘waste’ mean? Where does it go? What are the kinds of waste people create in their daily lives? How do we manage waste?

The students will also learn that;

  • People have a responsibility to care for planet Earth
  • Our earth is precious
  • Earth’s resources are finite
  • Our actions affect the health of our planet
  • People make choices that impact on the earth

Specialists

Language Pathways: Italian

During Term 1, the children will discuss what Italian is, where it is spoken and where Italy is. They will look at the map of Italy, discuss its shape and compare its size to the size of a map of Australia. They will talk about learning a new language and why they are learning a new language, including the idea that it helps us to learn more about other people.

The children will be introduced to greetings in Italian through the song ‘Ciao, Buongiorno’ and to functional classroom language such including ‘in piedi’ and ‘seduti’. They will learn to name different body parts through songs and stories.

 

Physical Education

In Term One the Foundation students will participate in play based learning activities to develop components of the run and vertical jump. They will respond with movement to rhythm, beat, music and words eg clap hands while walking to an even beat and perform simple movement sequences to music. (hokey pokey)

Each of these activities will include a focus on personal safety and game boundaries, learning to follow simple safety rules and instructions, keeping eyes up, avoiding others when changing direction and tagging safely.

 

Performing Arts

This term our Performing Arts focus is primarily Drama. The students will learn to explore ideas for characters and situations through dramatic play. They will be encouraged to use their voice, facial expression, movement and space to imagine and improvise characters and familiar situations. The program will incorporate a number of learning experiences and activities that will build on their social skills with a strong emphasis on participation, cooperation and enjoyment.

I am really looking forward to working with and getting to know our new students this year.

 

Digital Technologies

This term the Foundation students will learn about different technology devices that they use at home and at school. In particular, they will learn how to use the basic functions of an iPad as well as how log on and off the school laptops. There will be a particular focus on how to use the equipment safely and the type of personal information that should not be shared online.

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