Foundation

TERM 4 NEWSLETTER 2018

 

 

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all of our Foundation families to the last school term for 2018! The students have returned very eager to continue with their learning for Term 4. We have a number of exciting events and experiences planned for this term. As a teaching team we are very proud of the Foundation students and urge parents to remember that learning is developmental, with children learning in different ways and at different rates and times. It is important to celebrate your child’s learning achievements, comparing their own individual progress and learning growth on their own learning journey.

 

Term 4 - English

During Term 4 we will see the students embed what they have learnt over the course of the year. In reading we will be focusing on comprehension and asking the students to retell a story in sequence, with a focus on the characters and the setting. Students will continue to participate in CAFE sessions as well as identifying their goals and becoming an independent learner.  In Writing we will continue to develop the formation of lower case letters on the lined paper. Students will be given lots of opportunity to express their ideas verbally as well as in print using fun, exciting and engaging ways. These may include; Quick writes, picture stimulus, movie clips, letters and partner writing.



Mathematics

This term in Mathematics, our students will continue to develop and build upon their number sense. We will continue to explore breaking numbers down into their parts and making them whole again; for example 6 is made up of 3 and 3, or 4 and 2.  Students will use counting strategies to solve problems that involve comparing, combining and separating sets of collections, helping them to be able to use addition, sharing and subtraction strategies in real life situations. Money activities will include identifying and ordering Australian coins and completing simple financial transactions. In problem solving, the students will be introduced to a range of strategies to solve problems including make a pattern, make a list and draw a picture.

 

Digital Technologies

Foundation students have enjoyed the opportunity to explore the iPads with their class and their buddies. This term we will continue to utilise this equipment to incorporate the Daily 5 Cafe activities, Reading Eggs, Mathletics. We are working towards independently logging on and using the iPad apps, as well as logging out and correctly storing them after use.

 

Integrated

This term, Foundation students will study Biological Science. The children will investigate and observe living things. They will identify the needs and features of animals through planned incursions with the RSPCA and the Responsible Pet Ownership Program. They will also undertake a number of learning experiences in the classroom, including selecting their own animal to investigate and construct a habitat which provides for that particular animal’s needs.

During the term our students will also explore:

  • their personal history,
  • the history of Langwarrin Park Primary School and
  • the language of location - including North, South, East and West.

 

Specialist Timetable

Our Specialist timetable for Foundation will continue the same as Term 3.

 

Buddies

During Term 4 our students will continue to share the adventures of the Foundation Buddy Bears. With the Buddy Bears visiting students’ homes each week and recording their adventures in their Buddy Bear Diary.

The Year 5 buddies will continue to visit the Foundation students. They will be leading them in problem solving activities, sports afternoons and other THRIVE related activities. The relationships the students have built across this year will be celebrated with a culminating event which will take place towards the end of Term 4.

 

Homework

Homework will continue as per previous terms. Students are reminded to bring their Reading Satchel to and from school every day. At home, students are required to read and practise their Cluster Sounds and M100W Words on a regular basis. The teacher aims to test students on these once a fortnight.

Reading and practising words on a nightly basis will provide your child with greater confidence to succeed and feel more willing to take on new learning challenges in the classroom. When also possible, it is great to go onto Reading Eggs and Mathletics to complete tasks that have been set by the classroom teacher.

 

Parent involvement

We really do appreciate all of your support, both in and out of the classroom.

A BIG THANK you to all of our parents on behalf of the Foundation Team!  We have also really enjoyed working alongside you when helping in the classroom for our morning reading, our PMP sessions, and also on our exciting Excursions!

It has been fantastic to see the progress everyone is making and we look forward to continuing this throughout the year.

PMP

The children have absolutely loved all of the PMP activities. We have been so lucky to have parent helpers join  our classes during these sessions. PMP would not run as smoothly without the fantastic help of these parents! We look forward to continuing the program during Term 4, with completion date being Monday 29th October.

PMP is a valuable program designed to:

  • Develop/enhance muscle coordination, hand/eye coordination, motor coordination skills, through a variety of physical activities.
  • Develop perceptions and understandings of a child through movement and motor experiences.
  • Develop perceptions of time and space, pattern and order and limitations of the human body.

 

Communication -

*Class Dojo protocols

Just a reminder that class dojo is used to send out general reminders and updates on what is happening in your child’s classroom. This tool provides a great opportunity to achieve positive communication between parents and teachers.

 

*Absence notes

There have been some important department changes made very recently on how you can inform the school of absences when your child is sick or away for any reason. You can now log on to the Sentral Parent Portal to create absence records prior to, or on the day of the absence. In addition to this you can also call the absence line at school. The Skoolbag app is still available, however it will be phased out as Sentral becomes our preferred method. The Education Department requires that you provide a written, signed note with the dates of absence, reason, and child’s name unless you are using Sentral to record and notify our school. Based on changes to Departmental processes, if our school has not been notified of your child’s absence before 9.30am on the day of the absence, you will receive a SMS advising of the absence and asking that you contact the school to provide notification.

 

Transition

In Term 4 we will continue with our Transition program for the new students starting in 2019. Our current Foundations students will have a, ‘Step Up’ morning, where they will have the opportunity to work in a Grade One classroom. During this time they will get to meet their new class and teacher for 2019. We will also be asking our students to name five friends that they would like to be with in Grade One. We try our very best to make sure they get at least one of their choices. If you have a parent request regarding your child’s grade placement for next year, please put this in writing and address it to the Principal as soon as possible.

 

Term 4 Key Dates:

 

Date

Event

Monday, 8th October

School commences for all students

Monday, 15th October

Responsible Pets Incursion

Wednesday, 17th October

Prep 2019 Transition Session 9.30am - 10.45am

Thursday, 18th October

Swimming

Monday, 22nd October

RSPCA Incursion

Wednesday, 24th October

PFC Disco

Thursday, 25th October

Swimming

Monday, 29th October

Last Day of PMP for 2018

Thursday, 1st November

Swimming and “Big Night Out” Cinema Night

Tuesday, 7th November

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Thursday, 8th November

Swimming

Monday, 12th November

Prep 2019 Transition Session 9.30am - 10.45pm

Thursday, 15th November

Swimming

Tuesday, 27th November

Parent Helpers Morning Tea

Thursday, 29th November

Prep 2019 Transition Session 11.45am - 1.00pm

Monday, 3rd December

Curriculum Day (Student Free Day)

Tuesday, 11th December

Whole School Transition Day - 9.30am - Midday

Wednesday, 12th December

Christmas Family Singalong (5pm)

Friday, 21st December

Last day of term 4 and early finish

 

We are enjoying working with you and your child this year. Thank you again for all of your support.

 

Your Foundation Team

 

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