It is hard to believe that we are in our final week of Term 1. The children have settled well into the routine of school beautifully. We have been working hard getting to know each other and establishing new friendships and routines. I would like to thank you all for your efforts in ensuring a great start to the school year. It has been a pleasure to be greeted by eager and enthusiastic children and families each day. I look forward to a special year together.
In the classroom the children have been provided with lots of activities which develop awareness of sounds. The children have been engaged in learning the letters of the alphabet. Once children are proficient in identifying the sounds and learning the letters, they will be moving on to activities that develop Phonological Awareness when they will learn which letters and letter combinations are associated with the sounds they hear in words. My aim is to develop a strong, solid base for your child's literacy learning.
How can you help your children’s literacy learning?
The best way is to read to them every day and to let them see you reading. Let them see that reading is an enjoyable activity. Let them see you writing – get them to help you write your shopping list – talk to them about what you need, talk to them about what you are writing, let them see that the written word is associated with the spoken word. Help them to develop a wide speaking vocabulary so that they can transfer this to their reading and writing vocabulary once this is needed. When you are reading to them, talk to them about the words and letters on the page so that they can become proficient in using these words. Ask them to find any letters they may recognise, but do not force the issue if they do not want to do so – it is to be expected that there will be times when they are tired and just want the enjoyment of being read to.
In writing, students will be learning how to hold a pencil correctly, recognise and write letters, basic punctuation and begin formulating written words into sentences. To develop great speaking and listening skills, students will be encouraged to share ideas, events and achievements regularly. Listening attentively, showing respect to others, using a clear voice and keeping eye contact will be encouraged.
As well as developing the students literacy skills we have been doing lots of counting activities and have started introducing numbers. You can help your children at home by involving them in mathematical activities and talking to them about mathematics and its everyday uses. Be positive! Praise your child’s success. Encourage your child to have a go at measuring, calculating, counting, estimating and solving problems. Invite your child to investigate and make discoveries for themselves. Encourage them to find their own answers. Don’t be too quick to tell them the answers. We have also been focusing on 2D shapes in our environment. We have found them, touched them, made them and drawn them. We will continue to investigate the features of 2D throughout the term.
Another important part of the Foundation program is developing our students’ social skills. The students have helped create our classroom rules whereby every child is valued, listened to and appropriate behaviour is encouraged both in the classroom and outside. The students have also been given opportunities to work in small groups which promote co-operation and problem solving.
Every Foundation student has a Year 5 buddy, some may even have two! We meet every second Friday for a variety of activities including storytelling, crafty activities, games and outside activities. It’s wonderful to watch the close relationships the students form with each other throughout the term together. Last week as part of “Everyone Belong Week” the Foundation students and their buddies took part in a Teddy Bears Picnic. All students we eager to share their special bear and their stories.
Tissues and Chux cloths
Could you please send in a box of tissues and packet of Chux for use in the classroom. Thank you to those parents who have already sent these item.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter and a safe and restful school holiday period. Please take time to enjoy the company of family and friends. I look forward to seeing everyone back at school ready for more exciting learning to come in Term 2.