Term 1 Overview

PARENT INFORMATION FLYER

Foundation 2017

Welcome to our First Term Overview for 2017.

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

Jan Kerr

jkerr@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

 

Frances Owen

owenf@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Julie: Foundation MK

Monday all day

Tuesday 11:30-3:30pm

Wednesday all day

Thursday 12:30-3:30pm

Friday all day
Jan: Prep MK

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
    • Important Dates: Foundation Level Welcoming Mass is this Sunday 5th February at 10:30am.
  • Morning Routine: Next week (week beg. Monday 6th 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. Michelle Gibson

(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. This year, 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 lower case 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 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. 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 the Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (Vic Curriculum). In particular we will look at Water. The students will develop understandings around –

  • Each of us has the responsibility to use the earth’s resources carefully/sustainably
  • Each of us can care for the environment
  • Each of us can identify actions at school that can assist to conserve resources

Our big questions are ‘How much do we need? and How much do we use?’. 

  • Specialists

Language Pathways: Italian

During Term 1, the students will be introduced to studying a different language and what this involves. They will talk about where Italian is spoken and why learning another language is important and relevant in Australia.

The students will learn greetings in Italian through the song, ‘Ciao, Buongiorno’.

They will be introduced to body parts in Italian through the story of ‘Ecco Pinocchio’ and ‘Testa, Spalle, Ginocchi e Piedi’ and Gepetto’s song.

 

Physical Education

During Term 1, Foundation will be focusing to provide opportunities to learn how to run and promote light, quick movements with a relaxed body and learning correct technique. At home you could play ‘Running Signals.’ Whereby on your signal, call out a certain way of running, and then have child perform the movement.

  •       Jog on the spot
  •       Run on your toes
  •       Run stiffly like a wooden doll
  •       Run while clapping hands
  •       Run direction of gate, front door, sandpit, shed…
  •       Run, letting your heels touch your back
  •       Jog on spot with knees touching hands

Performing Arts

This term our Performing Arts focus is primarily Drama. The students will 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 situations.

The students will make and perform drama that communicates their ideas and stories. Within a variety of games and activities, the program will build their social skills with a strong emphasis on participation and enjoyment.

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Foundation students will be building their vocabulary about computers, technology and the school network. They will learn how to log in and out of the system and practise using the keyboard & mouse pad on the laptops.

 

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