Term 2 in Foundation
This term the Foundation students will continue to use the PLD program to learn sounds and expand their knowledge of how we can build words using different sounds together. We will learn how to create vowel-consonant (VC) words, consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words, for example cat, mop, and tip. Students will learn to identify the beginning and ending sound as well as the vowel sound in each word. We will build our segmenting skills, breaking words up by their sounds, to further develop our reading ability and work on reading with some fluency. Students will continue to be exposed to a variety of texts where we will explore different comprehension skills such as, retelling the story in their own words, identifying a problem and solution, predicting what may happen next and making inferences about aspects of a story.
In writing, we will focus on our blending skills, joining sounds together to create words. We will start by using CVC words to label pictures, complete simple sentences by adding CVC words and work towards writing our own simple sentences. Towards the end of the term students will be taught how to write a recount and will begin writing about their weekend.
Our Oral Language topic this term is Event Based News. Students will share information based on events that happened the day before. These events will include weekends, PE, Music and Art lessons, after school activities or a favourite part of the day.
Term 1 Highlights:
The Foundation students had a fabulous start to their school journey. Some of the highlights of term one include:
In Mathematics this term, Foundation students will be focusing on addition and subtraction, starting with numbers to ten and building to 20. Students will explore aspects of measurement by determining the length and weight of objects, using formal and informal units of measurement. Days of the week will continue to be a focus of our morning routine. Students will expand their knowledge of place value by recognising, sorting, and ordering numbers to 20 and beyond. Through play, students will be given the opportunity to discover real life examples involving money in everyday situations, such as a cafe, shop or canteen. Students will learn mathematical concepts through the use of concrete materials, written work, games and group work.
Foundation students will partake in an Inquiry unit called ‘Amazing Me!’ They will share information about themselves, such as what makes them unique, what family celebrations they have and traditions that are significant to them. Through sharing their thoughts and ideas with one another, students will be able to distinguish similarities and differences between themselves and their classmates. To finalise the unit, students will begin to explore their local community, Bunurong, and understand what the definition of a community is. They will discover how through sharing experiences and being a part of a community, they can establish a wider friendship group. Throughout the unit students will be encouraged to ask questions to guide the next stage in their learning.
This term Foundation students will continue to explore the Zones of Regulation. Students will focus on identifying what each zone looks like for them and what they need in each zone to help them regulate their emotions. We will use a variety of picture story books, songs and our own experiences to help students identify the different emotions within themselves.
Students will also continue to participate in mindfulness activities such as colouring, cosmic kids yoga and breathing exercises.
Micah Webb & Kate O'Beirne