Term 3 Overview

PARENT INFORMATION

Foundation 2017

Welcome back to school and Term 3.

This term is surely to be a busy one full of engaging, enriching and exciting learning experiences.

This Term Overview provides you with information regards the learning happening here at school throughout Term 3.

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: Prep 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 readers (F-2) – Students select one book each day to read at home. You will have noticed that the books have a coloured dot or star. This equates with the reading level that each student is familiar with. 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 folder each student has a copy of high frequency words that can also be practised at home.
  • Literacy Parent Helpers – Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help out in the classrooms. We really appreciate your time and effort. At times, you may be asked to assist and support in either room.   
  • Important Dates:  Foundation O Class Mass on Thursday 3rd August in the Chapel

                                          Foundation MK Class Mass on Thursday 10th August in the Chapel

    • Fitness (Mon – Thu) and Meditation (Fri) both activities commence as soon as the 8.55am bell sounds. Please try to ensure children are regularly here for these activities.
    • 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 are collected on Wednesday and distributed on Friday. No icy-poles this term.
    • Hats are to be worn this term on days when the UV rating is 3 or above. It is important for hats to be kept at school.
    • This term we would like to encourage the children to be more independent, especially at drop off and pick up times. Just a reminder that there is always a teacher on yard duty in the mornings, therefore the children should be dropping their bags at the door and then proceeding to the upper play area. Children are not permitted to be playing or waiting on the soccer pitch before school.
    • We continue to encourage all students to be responsible for carrying and unpacking their own school bags.
  • 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.

          

Physical Education / Sport Lesson Information Communications Technology Performing Arts Language Pathway: Italian Library
Tuesday with Mrs.Kay Livingstone

(All students to wear sports uniform)

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

Foundation O- Wednesday with classroom teacher

(Please return library books each week)

 

Curriculum Overview

  • English

Reading and Viewing:

During the Reading block this term (9:00am -10:00am) the students will continue to be working in mixed groups across both classrooms for reading activities. They begin with shared reading in their own classroom and then move to a location within the learning space for the group activities, including Guided Reading with the teachers. At the conclusion of the reading block all students will gather for Share Time during which they might be asked to share and articulate something about their learning.

Throughout our first semester, we have gradually introduced some of the elements of the CAFE approach to reading. You may have noticed a display within our learning space that is related to CAFE. We also use CAFE, which is a visual aid for organizing the reading strategies your children will be learning to use when reading literature. CAFE is the acronym for the four major components of reading:

  • C for Comprehension
  • A for Accuracy
  • F for Fluency
  • E for Expanding Vocabulary

Your child will learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools they learn and apply to help them become better readers and writers.

 

Writing:

 

The Writing block then follows as separate classes with Modelled or Shared Writing. This Writing block includes explicit instruction in text structure and organisation, phonics and word knowledge (spelling), creating texts, editing texts, handwriting and the use of software. This term we will focus on writing Narratives. A narrative or story is a report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence.

 

Speaking and Listening:

 

This area involves the development of skills required for effective interactions with others. Students will listen and respond to texts orally, communicate and listen with others and deliver short oral presentations.

 

  • Mathematics

Addition:

Student will represent practical situations to model addition and subtraction. They will use a range of practical strategies for adding and subtracting small groups of numbers.

Students will use counting strategies to solve problems that involve comparing, combining and separating these sets.

Students will represent simple, everyday financial situations involving money. They will use toy money to pay for goods in play situations

 

Subtraction:

Students will use counting strategies to solve problems that involve comparing, combining and separating these sets.

 

Measurement:

Students will learning to compare and order the length of items by measuring and using informal units.

They will learn to compare the capacity of containers by measuring how many informal units it takes to fill a container. They will use words to describe measurement attributes, such as; holds more, holds less, empty, full, half full.

 

Students will learn to relate clocks to the telling of time and understand the passing of time. They will identify tasks that can be completed in a minute, an hour, a day.

 

Shape:

Students will sort, describe and name familiar two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects in the environment. They will identify the number of sides and faces shapes have.

 

Location:

Students will learn to describe position and movement. They will make models and pictures of familiar places, describe how to get from one place to another and follow and give simple directions.

 

 

  • Personal and Social Capability

 

Students will learn to use appropriate language to describe what happens and how they feel when experiencing positive interactions or conflict.

They will develop resilience through recognising that problems or challenges are a normal part of life and that there are actions that can be undertaken to manage problems. The students will demonstrate a growth

 

mindset and accept that challenges are an opportunity to learn. Throughout the term we will continue to meet with our buddies fortnightly.

  • Education in Faith:

The first focus this term will be for students to learn about St Anne and St Joachim, the grandparents of Jesus. They will discuss the importance of special people in their lives like Grandparents.

Students will then learn ways people of the Old Testament experience God as protector and guide. They will learn the location, characters and events of the scripture story of the birth of Moses. Students will learn about David who was chosen by God to be a leader of his people. They will learn of David’s faith in God’s protection.

  • Inquiry

This term our unit of Inquiry focuses on the rich concept of ‘Creativity, Design, Thinking and Doing’.

In Foundation, it is important for the children to know how to create, design and evaluate design solutions.

Our unit of Inquiry will incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education methodologies.

Our Big Question is: How do built environments suit the needs of users?

This will involve us investigating into:

Why do living things need shelter?

Why are there different types of buildings/shelters???

What are their different purposes?

Does a purpose influence a design?

 

  • Specialists

Language Pathways: Italian

During Term 3 in Italian, the students will continue to learn functional classroom language in Italian with a focus on the verb ‘Posso’ (may I) in expressions such as ‘posso avere..’, ‘posso usare..’ and ‘posso andare..’.The students will also continue to learn colours, numbers and will be introduced to the names of family members in Italian through stories and songs.

Physical Education

During Term 3 our focus in Physical Education classes is Athletics. During this unit students will participate in modified athletics activities which focus on running technique and gross motor movements such as throwing and leaping.  Modified equipment is used to ensure the students are learning the appropriate skills in a safe and supported environment.

Performing Arts

This term our focus will be primarily Dance. The students will be asked to respond spontaneously with their bodies to a variety of stimuli (e.g. sounds, words, songs, props and images).

They will perform basic locomotor skills e.g. walk, run, gallop, jump, hop, etc… and learn to understand and respond to a wide range of opposites e.g. high/low, forward/backward, wiggle/freeze. Through games and activities, they’ll learn about spatial awareness and body control; learning to be aware of themselves and others in space. The students will be given opportunities to imitate and learn some simple dances to enjoy together.

      

 

Information and Communications Technology

This term, the Foundation students will be introduced to coding and computer programming concepts. They will learn how to program Beebots (floor robots) to follow a simple sequence of instructions. They will also participate in ‘unplugged’ (non-computer-based) activities to investigate how input affects output when following procedures with technology.

 

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