In English this term, the Foundation students will continue to develop their skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening in a variety of fun and interactive activities.
Speaking and Listening
Opportunities for the students to contribute, discuss and share their thoughts and ideas will be readily provided and supported. The language skills we will focus on include communicating clearly, developing an awareness of rhyme, letter patterns and sounds in words and extending descriptive vocabulary.
Our Writing focus this term will be on fairy tales and narrative texts, where we will examine the structure of stories and work on creating our own characters and narrative stories. The students will continue to work on their handwriting skills, developing pencil grip and correct letter formation. They will develop their ability to write using lined paper, leaving spaces between words and experimenting with punctuation and spelling when creating different text types. We will also continue to focus on developing their vocabulary to include high frequency words.
In Reading, students will continue reading on a daily basis to improve the use of strategies including fluency, expression and comprehension skills. The students will have opportunities to read one on one with the teacher and parents, in small groups and with whole-class interactive read-alouds.
The Foundation students will continue to participate in Guided Reading and literacy activities based on their individual needs. These may include targeted reading strategies, blends and consolidation of letter/sound patterns. As part of our Literacy Program we will also be celebrating Children’s Book Week from 19th August. The theme for this year is Reading is my Secret Power!
Reading should be a special and enjoyable experience for all family members. It is expected that students record the title of the book read in their Kluwell reading log. It is important that the students read the books in their reader bag every night and also practise their M100W words. Remember to ask your child a few questions about what they have read to ensure that they understand the book. If they come to a word that they don’t know, try to avoid filling the gap for them straight away. Encourage them to use their strategies; look at the picture, stretch the word out, look for small words inside big words, read past the word to see if that helps. If your child reads a word incorrectly ask them “Does that sound right?” “Does that look right?” “Does that make sense?”
Literacy groups will continue this term and will run every morning in each class. Thank you to the helpers who have already assisted us during the Literacy block. If you are able to help on any of these days please contact your child’s teacher.
Our Mathematics learning continues this term with a range of units. In Measurement and Geometry we will use a variety of different tools to measure the length and height of things in our classrooms. We have also already been having lots of fun using our arms to estimate and then sets of scales to learn about Mass. In Number and Algebra we will explore the idea of place value in teen numbers and beyond. We will also begin to explore number patterns through skip counting by 10’s, 5’s and 2’s. Our Mathematics learning this term will also include hands-on modelling, storytelling and written representations of Addition and Subtraction. In learning about groups of we will also explore Division as equal sharing. To compliment this Mathematics learning we encourage you to support your child by practising writing numbers and practising their Mental Mathematics skills in everyday tasks involving opportunities for Counting, Addition and Subtraction.
In our Religion learning this term we will cover two topics exploring stories from the Old Testament of the Bible. Our first topic is Protected by God. In this unit students will learn about and interpret Old Testament stories as examples of God’s love and protection for his people, and will Reflect on how in times of need God offers us strength and protection.
Our second unit will explores God’s Great Family. In this second part of the term we will continue looking at Old Testament stories and will learn about the tradition of the church has been passed from generation to generation through shared stories.
In our Inquiry topic this Term ‘Diversity – Australia’s Changing Face’ the Foundation students will explore the range of different cultural backgrounds and families that make up our classes and school community. Following on from our History learning about ANZAC day early last term we will look at special celebrations in our families and significant events in our family lives. Through this Inquiry learning, the students will develop an awareness and appreciation for the different cultures represented in our school community, and gain an understanding of how Australia has grown as a nation. This fun unit will culminate in a learning expo where students will share and celebrate their own stories and cultural identity with friends and family. They will create and present pieces of work to illustrate and describe their personal and family histories, and participate in oral presentations with their class to explain their learning.
Nude Food Lunches
All students at St Andrew’s are encouraged to bring ‘Nude Food’ lunches. This term our goal is to reduce waste as much as we can. Nude Food is simply food that is not wrapped in foil, plastic or commercial packaging. The best type of nude food consists mainly of fresh food, so that it is healthy and nutritious PLUS environmentally friendly. It will also help us reduce the amount of rubbish scattered throughout our school and it links in with our Religion unit of work which teaches us to look after God’s Creation.