Welcome to Foundation
The Foundation year is the start of an exciting educational journey. We provide a safe and stimulating environment that nurtures and promotes the physical, social, emotional and learning development of your child.
Our students develop their reading skills. They use picture cues, build their sight vocabulary and retell stories. Students enjoy the rhythm of language through stories, songs, poems and rhymes. They learn to read predictable texts with familiar vocabulary and supportive images, recalling events and recognising a variety of text structures. They practise English sounds and letters and apply their knowledge when writing familiar words and phrases to express their ideas. Students develop their formal handwriting skills, along with correct pencil grip. They focus on using appropriate vocabulary to participate in social and class discussions. Students talk about their experiences, and retell events with others.
They develop their numeracy skills. They independently estimate, count and compare small groups of objects. Students recognise and order number words and numerals to 20 and beyond. They form number patterns and solve simple number problems, using a range of strategies. Students compare the length, mass and capacity of familiar objects.They make simple patterns and identify and sort shapes, within their environment, according to their features. Students sort data into categories and make comparisons. They learn to collect, display and interpret data.
The children are engaged in ‘hands on' differentiated learning experiences to develop skills and knowledge in all areas of the Victorian curriculum . We celebrate 'One Hundred days of school' and 'Alphabet Day' with special activities and dress up days.
Our Foundation students have a Year 6 buddy. The buddies help the Foundation students to settle into school and visit them in their classrooms to help with their learning. Both year levels participate in the 'Better Buddies' program from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
Discovery Learning sessions start in Term two, where students explore, create and investigate tasks together.
We offer many interesting incursions and excursions that link to the main area of investigation for the term. Science learning investigates Weather and the Night sky (Earth and Space), the needs of Living things ( Biological) Materials (Chemical) and How objects move (Physical). Technology learning investigates Push and Pull with toys. History learning investigates My personal history and Family traditions and celebrations. Foundation students explore who is in their family, where their family originates from and how they are connected to each other. Geography learning investigates Weather and Local places. Health learning investigates All about me.
Our school student well being program is the 'Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships" program. We use mindfulness strategies to develop resilience and confidence.
Our 'Swim and Survive' program at the Monash Aquatic centre is an important event, as learning to swim confidently is an essential survival skill.
Other activities will be placed on the Foundation Blog, as they occur.
SEMESTER ONE 2020
Foundation students developed their early reading skills through using picture cues, decoding strategies and developing their comprehension. They enjoyed the rhythm of language through stories, songs, poems and rhymes. Students explored sounds and words and applied their knowledge to their writing. They investigated various story elements to assist them with writing. Students developed their formal handwriting skills, along with correct pencil grip. They practised using vocabulary to assist with participating in social and class discussions, both at school and online.
Foundation students recognised, matched and ordered numerals and words to twenty and beyond. They developed their counting skills; learning to count forwards and backwards, from any starting point. Students estimated, counted and compared small groups of objects. They made simple patterns and identified and sorted shapes by their features. Students sorted and classified familiar objects. They collected and interpreted simple data displays.
Foundation students explored who is in their family, where their family originates from and how they are connected to each other. They discussed different family structures and made comparisons. Students investigated special places and their significance. They identified the reasons why these places are special to them.
Foundation students learned about the seasons and how they change. They discussed seasonal changes and how these affect their daily lives, including modification of behaviour and dress for different weather conditions. Students used drawings to communicate their ideas. They explored the way objects move and the factors that affect movement, such as size, shape, push and pull.
Parents are most welcome to help in our classrooms, in the library, on excursions and camps and on our parent group committee and School Council committees.
All parents who assist in any way must have a Working With Children Check. This card must be presented at the office when parents sign in
Literacy activities- to use at home: