Foundation

Foundation team

Term 1 2018


Welcome to our new Foundation/Prep students and families!

We would like to introduce the Foundation/Prep Team for 2018.

Prep A-PA Room 2: Mrs. Terry Stivala (Mon Tue Wed) &

Mrs. Heather Beatty (Wed Thur Fri) Team Leaders

Prep B-PB Room 3: Ms Ana Carrondo

Prep C-PC Room 4: Mrs Nerissa Fernandez


Start Up Program

During the first four weeks of the term the students will be participating in the Start Up program. The Start Up program focuses on the students getting to know each other, making friends, building relationships with their teachers and ensuring the students feel happy, safe and confident in their new school environment.


Investigation Time

During the first four weeks of this term Investigation Time will be offered in the morning to encourage the students to settle in to their new classrooms. Investigation Time is then moved to the end of the day for the rest of the year.  Investigation Time is a time for the students to engage in play based learning and language experiences.

We use the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework when planning and implementing Investigation Time to work towards the students achieving all of the five Learning and Development Outcomes. 1- Children have a strong sense of identity, 2- Children are connected with and contribute to their world, 3- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing, 4- Children are confident and involved learners and 5- Children are effective communicators.


Literacy

In Literacy sessions the students will be read a variety of books and encouraged to look at and take an interest in books. The students will be given opportunities to begin to write words such as their names and simple sentences. There will be a strong focus on recognising the letters of the alphabet and the sounds that the letters make as well as high frequency words.


Numeracy

In Numeracy sessions the students will be counting, recognising numbers, making numbers and learning to write numbers. There will also be a focus on times of the day- morning, afternoon and night. The students will also participate in numeracy games and hands on activities using materials such as flash cards, counters, bead frames and dice.

 

ICT

This term the students will be introduced to Cyber Safety through the characters in a program called ‘Hector’s Word’.

This term the students will be shown literacy and numeracy apps on the iPads and will be taught how to use them correctly.


Specialist Programs

Each week the students will participate in a one hour of Arts, LOTE and Physical Education program with a specialist teacher.


 


 

 

Term 2 2018


Welcome to Term 2! Our Prep students have all settled in nicely and are becoming more confident at school every day. We are looking forward to an exciting and productive term with lots of learning experiences and activities.

 


Literacy

 

In Literacy sessions the students are participating daily in the Jolly Phonics sound program on the interactive whiteboards. The students will experience a variety of books and are encouraged to look at and take an interest in books. The students will be given opportunities to write words such as their names and simple sentences. There will be a strong focus on recognising the letters of the alphabet and the sounds that the letters make as well as high frequency words. All of the students are participating in the Home Reading Program. This term the students will also be given lists of high frequency words to practice reading at home.

 


Numeracy

 

In Numeracy sessions the students will be counting, recognising, making and writing numbers. There will be a focus on the days of the week and linking the days to familiar events, 2D and 3D shapes as well as addition and subtraction. The students will also participate in numeracy games and hands on activities using materials such as flash cards, counters, bead frames and dice.

 


Investigation Time

 

Investigation Time is a time for the students to engage in play based learning and language experiences. We use the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework when planning and implementing Investigation Time to work towards the students achieving all of the five Learning and Development Outcomes.

1- Children have a strong sense of identity

2- Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

4- Children are confident and involved learners

5- Children are effective communicators.

 


ICT

 

This term the students will continue to focus on Cyber Safety through the characters in a program called ‘Hector’s World’. The students will be shown literacy and numeracy apps on the iPads and will be taught how to use them correctly. The students will also have a formal introduction to digital systems.

 


Specialist Programs

 

Each week the students will participate in a one hour Visual Arts, LOTE-Turkish and Physical Education program with a specialist teacher.

 


Incursions, Excursions, Special Activities/Events

 

Throughout the year the students will be involved in a number of Incursions and Excursions as well other special activities/events.

 

Our Excursion will be to the Melbourne Zoo. The students will see and learn about zoo animals and participate in activities related to our Inquiry topic of Living and Non-Living things. All students are strongly encouraged to attend as there will be a big focus on the excursion within the classroom both before and after the excursion.

 

 



Term 3 2018


Welcome to Term 3. We look forward to an exciting and productive term with lots of learning and fun activities.


Literacy

In Literacy sessions the students are focusing on recognising the letters of the alphabet and the sounds that the letters make using the Jolly Phonics program. This term all of the students are participating in the Home Reading Program. We will also be continuing to focus on high frequency words, the students will be given lists of high frequency words to practice reading at home. We will also have a strong focus on comprehension this term by getting our knowledge ready, making predictions and inferences as well as making text-to-self connections. The students are exposed to a variety of books and are encouraged to look at and take an interest in books. The students will be given opportunities to write words such as their names and simple sentences. We use the large interactive screens daily during literacy sessions.


Numeracy

In Numeracy sessions the students will be counting, recognising, making, subitising and learning to write numbers. The students will also be learning about tens frames, bundling, number lines and place value. In applied numeracy sessions the students will be learning about measurement- length, mass and capacity. The students will also participate in numeracy games and hands on activities using materials such as flash cards, counters, bead frames and dice. We also use our large interactive screens daily during numeracy sessions.


Developmental Play

Investigation Time is a time for the students to engage in play based learning and language experiences. We use the Victorian Curriculum and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework when planning and implementing Developmental Play sessions to work towards the students achieving all of the five Learning and Development Outcomes. 1- Children have a strong sense of identity, 2- Children are connected with and contribute to their world, 3- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing, 4- Children are confident and involved learners and 5- Children are effective communicators.


Digital Technologies/eLearning

We use our interactive big screens daily and the students have the opportunity to use the iPads during Literacy and Numeracy sessions. This term the students will begin using the laptops. The students will be shown how to logon to our schools system, learn word processing skills on Microsoft Word and how to create images on programs such as KidsPix.


Specialist Programs

Each week the students will participate in a one hour LOTE and Physical Education program with specialist teachers. This semester the students will also begin Performing Arts with a specialist teacher for one hour each week.


Incursions, Excursions, Special Activities/Events

Throughout the year the students are involved in a number of Incursions and Excursions as well other special activities/events.

This term we are celebrating the Prep students 100 Days of School with fun activities and a special afternoon tea which all parents and carers have been invited to attend.

This term we will be celebrating Book Week with a whole school character parade and opportunities to purchase books from the Book Fair.

Our excursion this term will be to the Collingwood Children’s Farm to learn all about farm animals, healthy foods and where food comes from which will link to our Inquiry topic.


The Foundation/Prep Team

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