In English this term, the Foundation students will continue to develop and extend their skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening in a range of fun and interactive activities. The focus in English will be on the reading and writing of procedural texts and information reports
Speaking and Listening
Students will participate in activities where they will use language associated with the following of procedures. They will consolidate and extend their knowledge of English letter patterns and sounds in words, as well as use rhymes and strategies to break up words into sounds.
This term, students will continue to refine their handwriting and will begin to take a closer look at punctuation. In particular, they will focus on using uppercase and lowercase letters correctly in their writing and develop strategies to edit their own writing for the use of full stops.
In Reading, the Foundation students will continue to participate in daily guided reading sessions with their classroom teacher. Students will be encouraged to monitor their own reading and to make sure that they understand what they have read. Strategies targeted to students’ individual needs will be introduced and practised including re-reading for understanding, breaking up words into syllables and grouping words together in sentences to improve reading fluency.
Our home reading program will continue throughout Term 4. Students should spend 10-15 minutes each evening reading their take home books and practising reading and spelling their high frequency words. 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. Encourage your child to use the strategies we have been working on at school in their home reading such as; using picture clues, stretching out words, looking for small words inside big words, and reading on past a difficult word to see if that helps. Please also use the take home book as an opportunity to practise comprehension by asking questions and talking about the story or book during and after reading.
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 day, please contact your child’s teacher.
This term, our Mathematics learning will cover a range of topics. In Number and Algebra we will learn about Multiplication as repeated addition, Money by using toy money to pay for goods in play situations and the Place Value of numbers beyond the teen numbers. In Measurement and Geometry we will learn about Time including analogue clocks and sequencing days, months and seasons. We will also learn about Capacity by comparing containers. In Data and Statistics we will revisit collecting and displaying data and interpreting graphs. Our Mathematics learning this term will also include a revision of other topics covered throughout the year.
Students will continue to improve their Mental Strategies in daily activities. In these activities students will practise their skills in skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, and solving addition and subtraction problems by counting forwards and backwards.
We encourage you to support your child’s Mathematics learning by practising their Mental Mathematics skills in everyday tasks involving opportunities for Counting, Addition and Subtraction.
This term Religious Education will cover two main topics: Praying To Jesus - The Good Shepherd and Emmanuel, God Is With Us!
In Praying To Jesus - The Good Shepherd, students will explore prayer as a way of communicating with God. They will learn that people pray to God for different reasons. The students will learn the steps we need to take when we pray and explore the special symbols and objects used in prayer spaces. They will investigate examples of Jesus praying in Luke’s Gospel, and reflect on Jesus and the relationship Christians have with God and each other.
Our celebration of the Foundation Parish Mass on October 26th forms an important part of our Religious Education Curriculum and it is encouraged that all Foundation students attend.
In Emmanuel, God Is With Us, students will learn about the seasons of Advent and Christmas. They will explore the concepts of waiting and joyful anticipation that are expressed through the use of the Advent wreath and the story of John the Baptist. Advent is introduced as a time of preparation that points us towards Jesus Christ. In engaging with aspects of The Christmas Story, students will be presented with the Good News that Jesus Christ is the promised Saviour, the gift of God.
This term, our Inquiry Learning focus is on Physical Sciences and Design and Technologies. In the Inquiry unit, How Does It Work?, students will learn that the way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape. They will also learn about forces and explore how different strengths of pushes and pulls affect the movement of objects. Our excursion to Taskworks will enable the students to further enhance their learning through hands on activities which require them to challenge their body and mind. Through Design and Technologies, the students will design and make an object which moves with either a push or pull force.
Our Swimming Program commences on Monday 25th November for all Foundation students. This is a nine day program which concludes on Thursday 5th December. Swimming is an important part of the Health and Physical Education component of the curriculum providing students with opportunities to learn a range of water confidence skills.