2018 Curriculum outline Foundation


Class: Foundation           Term:1 2018          Teachers: Bridget, Laura R, Michael, Laura M & James

English

 

Reading

  • Practising independent reading behaviours such as: choosing a book, sitting quietly, handling books gently, looking at the words and pictures.
  • One to one matching as we point under each word.
  • Using strategies to work out unknown words. We will learn to: look at the pictures, use the pattern and use the first letter.

 · Using the comprehension strategy of predicting and using our prior knowledge to help us better understand what we read.

  • Practising letter names and sounds.

 

Writing

  • ‘Having a go’ at writing and trying our best.
  • Planning what we want to write by saying our sentence out loud before writing it.
  • Saying words slowly, listening for the sounds, and writing letters for the sounds we can hear.
  • Writing from left to right and from top to bottom on the page.
  • Forming letters correctly.

 

Mathematics

This term in Number Maths, Foundation the students will be learning about;

  • The counting sequence 0-10
  • Counting small collections
  • Matching number names with numerals and objects to 10
  • Reading, ordering and making collections for the numbers 0-10
  • Counting with 1:1 correspondence (each object counted once)
  • To say which number is more, less or the same.
  • Parts of numbers e.g. 4 is 3 and 1 or 2 and 2, 5 is 3 and 2 or 4 and 1 and 5 and 0.

 

In Applied Maths, Foundation students will be learning about;

  • When and what happens in the morning, afternoon and night.
  • The sequence of the days of the week and knowing what day comes before and after.
  • Describing their location e.g. next to a chair, on top of the mat.
  • Answering and asking yes/no questions to collect data.

 

Investigations & the ‘Start Up’ program

This term is all about settling in and starting to become familiar with routines in both the class and the wider school.  Students will explore their school rights and responsibilities, and begin to learn about making good choices. This will help them and others to learn and feel safe at school. Children will practise social and emotional skills such as: sharing their needs and wants, listening to others, having a go with new things and getting to know their class mates.

 

Later in the term, students will inquire into their family history. They will explore who the people are in their family and why their family is special to them. Students will investigate where their family is from, where they were born and raised and how they relate to each other.

 

Foundation Term 2   Curriculum Outline       Bridget, Laura R, Michael, Laura M, Carmel, James

English

 

Reading

Decoding Strategies: Using strategies to work out unknown words

  • We will practise & revise: looking at the pictures, using the pattern and using the first letter
  • We will learn the strategy: Check the Word: Does it make sense, look right & sound right?
  • We will learn the strategy: Blend the sounds

 

Comprehension Strategies: Using strategies to help us better understand what we read

  • We will learn how to make connections between the story and own lives
  • We will learn how to justify our predictions with evidence from the text and how to change our predictions as we get new information as we read

 

  • Practising letter names and sounds
  • Learning to read some Common words as sight words
  • Identifying some features of texts such as events and characters
  • Retelling events in a text in sequence

 

Writing

  • Writing different genres: recounts, labels, lists, diagrams, letters, cards and friendly notes
  • Using ‘Look, Say, Name, Cover, Write, Check to learn to spell some Common Words
  • ‘Having a go’ at writing and trying our best
  • Planning what we want to write by saying our sentence orally before writing it
  • Saying words slowly, listening for the sounds, and writing letters for the sounds we can hear
  • Writing from left to right and from top to bottom on the page
  • Forming letters correctly

Mathematics

 

Number

  • Learning the sequence of ordinal numbers and matching an ordinal number to an object
  • Learning the sequence of the multiples of 10 (10, 20, 30, 40, 50 etc) and recognising 10 as a countable unit
  • Counting from 11-20 in the correct order and knowing which number comes before and after in the sequence of numbers 11-20.
  • Saying which collection has more or less for collections between 11-20.
  • To accurately count a collection of around 20 objects.
  • To say the teen numbers correctly, i.e fourTEEN rather than fourTY
  • Discovering the parts that make 10 e.g. 4 and 6 makes 10, 7 and 3 makes 10

 

Applied

  • Capacity – saying which container holds more/less or is the same
  • Length – to determine which object is longer or shorter, by measuring the lengths through levelling the two ends of the objects to find the answer
  • Patterns – copying, creating and continuing patterns. Saying which part of the pattern is repeating.
  • Data – students will be learning to make accurate conclusions about the data they have collected.
  • Shapes – students will be learning to name, describe and sort common 2D shapes e.g. a square has 4 sides and 4 corners

Inquiry

 

During Inquiry this term, students will have the opportunity to explore Historical Knowledge, specifically Personal Histories. They will inquire into who the people are in their family and why their family is special to them. Students will then investigate where their family is from, where they were born and raised and how they relate to each other.

 

Important Dates

ANZAC Day Public holiday: Wednesday 25th April

Foundation Excursion – Fairy Park: Friday 4th May

Bunnings Excursion: Wednesday 9th May

Foundation Mother’s Day Retreat: Friday 11th May

Curriculum Day – Friday 1st June

Queen’s Birthday Public holiday: Monday 11th June

Parent teacher interviews: Monday 25th June

Last day of term: Friday 29th June.  EARLY FINISH. Students to be picked up from the hall at 2:30

Foundation Term 3   Curriculum Outline               Bridget, Laura R, Carmel, Michael, Laura M & James

English

 

Reading

Decoding Strategies: Using strategies to work out unknown words

  • We will practise & revise: looking at the pictures, using the pattern, using the first letter, checking if the word; makes sense, looks right & sounds right & blending the sounds.
  • We will learn the strategy of: Re-reading, when we notice that our reading doesn’t make sense
  • We will learn the strategy of: Trying the long vowel sound
  • We will practise using all our known strategies in an integrated way

 

Comprehension Strategies: Using strategies to help us better understand what we read

  • We will learn how to visualise as we read
  • Identifying features of texts such as events, characters, problem and resolution
  • Sharing opinions about texts and stating the basis for our opinions
  • Practising letter names and sounds
  • Learning to read some Common words as sight words
  • Retelling events in a text in sequence
  • Identifying features of information texts

 

Writing

  • Writing ‘How To’ Books and Information books
  • Revising recounts and practising and using previously learnt genres (lists, labels, letters, cards, friendly notes, diagrams)
  • Starting sentences with a capital letter and ending with a full stop
  • Re-reading our writing to ensure it makes sense and editing our work if needed
  • Saying words slowly, listening for the sounds, and writing letters for the sounds we can hear
  • Forming letters correctly
  • Using ‘Look, Say, Name, Cover, Write, Check to learn to spell some Common Words

Mathematics

  • Exploring the basic number facts e.g. 8 and 1, 9 and 2, 5 and 3 etc and using these as an addition strategy. 
  • Simple addition and subtraction problems, counting on and back by 1, 2 or 3.
  • Using the skills of ‘count all’, ‘count on’,  ‘count what’s left’ and ‘count back’
  • Exploring doubles and near doubles
  • Following and giving directional instructions
  • Saying which object is longer/shorter, heavier/lighter, empty/full by using informal units of measurement. 

Inquiry  

This term we will explore Chemical Sciences and Biological Sciences.

  • We will adopt the role of a scientist as we make observations and explore observable properties of materials and everyday objects.
  • We will investigate how to predict, observe using all of their senses, and record and explain their observations in a variety of ways.
  • We will use our senses to observe, describe and draw objects using everyday language to describe shape, size, colour and feel.
  • We will test different materials for water resistance and use their growing knowledge about materials and their properties to design a boat.
  • We will investigate and generate ideas about living things, including the characteristics.
  • We will use their senses to inquire and gather information in order to explore and develop understandings about the basic needs of living things, such as shelter, food and water.
  • We will represent their ideas and share their observations about living things through discussions and drawings.
  • We will work together to compare and contrast the needs of their chosen living thing and themselves and how these are similar. 

Important Dates

100 Days of School: Tuesday 31st July

Father’s Day Retreat: Friday 31st August

School Concert: Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th September
Footy Day: Friday 22nd September

Last day of Term: Friday 22nd September, EARLY FINISH. Students to be picked up from the hall at 2:30



Foundation Term 4   Curriculum Outline       Bridget, Michael, Laura M, Laura R, James, Carmel

English

 

Reading

Decoding Strategies: Using strategies to work out unknown words

  • We will revisit and practise strategies we have learned
  • We will learn the strategy: Chunking and blending sounds

 

Comprehension Strategies: Using strategies to help us better understand what we read

·         We will learn how to infer or ‘read between the lines’

·         Summarising the main events of a story

·         Exploring poetry

 

Writing

  • Writing different genres: Letter writing for different purposes, poetry, narratives, recounts
  • Writer’s Notebook: Writing for enjoyment
  • Planning what we want to write by saying our sentence orally before writing it
  • Saying words slowly, listening for the sounds, and writing letters for the sounds we can hear
  • Writing from left to right and from top to bottom on the page

 

Mathematics

 

Number

  • Exploring the basic number facts e.g. 8 and 1, 9 and 2, 5 and 3 etc and using these as an subtraction strategy e.g. 10 – 8 is 2, or 10 -5 is 5
  • Simple subtraction problems, by 1, 2 or 3
  • Using counting skills to count all and take away then count what’s left
  • Using rote counting or a number line to ‘count back’
  • Exploring half of a double and using this has a subtraction strategy

Applied

·        Length – to determine which object is longer or shorter, by using informal units to measure and record the length of items

·        Data – students will be learning to record data they have collected into picture graphs

·        Shapes – students will be learning to name, describe and sort common 3D objects e.g. a cube has flat faces, a cylinder has curved faces

 

Inquiry

 

During Inquiry this term, students will have the opportunity to explore Science Understanding, specifically Earth and Space Sciences. They will inquire into how and why the seasons and different weather conditions can affect their daily life. Through hands on investigations and experiments, students will use critical and creative thinking to demonstrate how weather affects them (the way they dress and the activities they participate in) and the environment they live in (cause and effect of climate change).

 

Important Dates

 

Foundation Science Incursion: Wednesday 17th October

Prep Breakfast: Friday 19th October

MFB Prep Visits: Wednesday 24th October and Thursday 1st November

Curriculum Day(Pupil Free): Monday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day: Tuesday 6th November

Foundation Swimming Program: 3-6, 10, 12-14 December

Last day of Term 4: Friday 21st December (Early finish 1.30pm)