FOUNDATION

TERM 1

English

Reading & Comprehension

  • Take home reading texts.
  • Big Books.
  • Class made experience books related to classroom themes.
  • A variety of children's literature (including Nursery Rhymes and songs).
  • Daily revision of letters of the alphabet.
  • Technology based phonics and reading programs.

Writing & Handwriting

  • Student's writing will consist of symbols and letters and drawing about familiar events.
  • Sharing class stories.
  • Reading and writing common words such as: I, am, can, to, going, went, a, that, was, is, in, it, as and at.
  • There will be an emphasis on neat bookwork and presentation. This will include a focus on keeping our handwriting neat, colouring, cutting and pasting things in their books in a tidy manner.
  • Develop an understanding of correct starting points and letter formation.
  • Strengthen hand muscles, develop fine motor control and coordination through use of playdoh, pipe cleaners, confetti, paper folding, bead threading, block construction, puzzles, writing/drawing/colouring with pencil, chalk, texta and crayon.

Speaking & Listening

  • Listening to songs, stories and others at group time.
  • Following simple directions.
  • Taking turns, putting up hand, etc.
  • Confidence to speak to the group.
  • Speaking clearly, with an appropriate volume and emphasis for the group
  • • Looking at the audience.
  • • Sequencing ideas and structure sentences correctly.
  • • Using appropriate vocabulary for the topic and be able to answer questions.

Spelling & Word Attack

  • The Prep students will be using the Jolly Phonics Program. This is a fast paced program where the students will explore 42 sounds (this includes the 26 letter and sound blends, e.g. ng and ar). They will learn basic blending and sounding out. There will be a focus on a couple of sounds each week.
  • This term, in order, the sounds we are learning are: Ss, Aa, Tt, Ii, Pp, Nn, Cc, Kk, Ee, Hh, Rr, Mm, Dd, Gg and Oo.

Mathematics

Maths consists of a broad range of understandings to develop a solid mathematical understanding. The topics below include discussion and building of vocabulary. Students will do this through physical activities (counting songs, games) and opportunities to build on their existing knowledge and skills, using blocks, toys, mathematical materials, computer activities, movement and talk.


NUMBER

  • Number recognition, understanding, sequence and counting to 10.

  • Number patterns.

  • Pattern and order - smallest to largest, largest to smallest, 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.

MEASUREMENT AND DATA

  • Heavy and Light.

  • Day and Night, Morning and Afternoon.

  • Hot and Cold.

  • Sorting and classifying.

  • Length - long, short etc.

SPACE

  • Big and Little.

  • 2 Dimensional shapes.

Integrated Studies

SCIENCE

  • Summer and being Sun Smart.


HUMANITIES.

  • Personal and Family History - about me and my family, my family background, celebrations and how families are different.

Italian

Topics

  • In Italian Classes students begin learning Italian by listening and joining in. Children will be involved in lots of singing and games. Each week children will take home a piece of work which reflects a small aspect of the Italian language which was covered in the lesson. A lot of the time the Italian used in each class is spontaneous and unfolds according to the children’s interest and questions asked throughout the lesson.
  • Children will:
  • Learn common phrases- hello – Ciao, Buongiorno. My name is... – Mi chiamo…
  • Goodbye – Ciao, Arrivederci.
  • Learn counting to 10 through singing.
  • Learn names of common classroom objects, pencil, scissors, glue, book, and related phrases eg. “where is...” – “dov’e’ “ “give me the ...” – “Dammi…”
  • Learn common Italian expressions, eg, “Oh! My goodness” – “Mamma mia!”
  • “Stop that!” – “Smettila!” “Ow! That hurts!” -“ Ah! Mi fai male!” through story books of Pinocchio.
  • Learn some body part words through songs and games. eyes – occhi, nose – naso, mouth – bocca, hands – mani, legs – gambe.
  • Learn some colours through singing and games.

Homework

Topics

  • In Term One the students will be expected to read their take home book daily.
  • The Most Used Words will be sent home for students to learn to recognise once they start full time.

Art

Topics

  • During this semester Prep students will explore the basic elements of art (colour, shape, line, texture, and pattern) and incorporate them through drawing and painting. They will develop skills with the following media; paint (acrylic, watercolor), pencils (grey-lead, colored) oil pastels, textas and fine-liners.

Music

Topics

  • In music class students in Foundation will engage with music elements such as rhythm and beat through a range of listening, singing, moving and instrumental activities. Simple children's songs are taught and students are encouraged to sing and keep a beat with body percussion. Classroom percussion instruments such as shakers, drums and clave sticks are used to explore rhythm, beat and playing techniques. Students will be involved in movement activities to music such as simple dances, creative movement and music games.

Physical Education

Topics

  • In Prep we will be doing lots of fun activities to work on the basic fundamental motor skills such as running, jumping, hopping, skipping, throwing and catching.

Excursions

Topics

  • Students will attend a literacy based incursion later in the term from the people at the ‘Flying Bookworm’.
 
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