Welcome to your child's first year at school. Our Foundation classrooms are located in the Early Learning Centre, where our teachers aim to consistently provide children with a stimulating environment in which they feel happy and secure. The development of independence, responsibility and co-operation is encouraged in all students and teachers cater for individual needs and all levels of progress to assure that students have an enjoyable first year at school.
Our literacy program focuses on reading, writing and spelling. We encourage a love of literature through shared reading and book discussions. The essential features of this program include a daily session of reading and writing combined with regular monitoring and assessment of students.
Mathematics helps us to make sense of the world around us. It is more than 'sums' and learning numbers. It involves skills that we use throughout life. In Foundation we learn about numbers, space, shapes, measurement, and probability and we build our understanding of reasoning and strategies.
Our units of work link curriculum areas within a topic. Children learn through 'inquiry' where they are involved in recognising and defining problems, making observations, predictions and generalisations, organising information, drawing conclusions and developing a variety of other thinking skills.
Our topics include:
- School and Me
- A Safe and Healthy Me
- Alive and Amazing!
Students also take part in Physical Education classes, LOTE - French, Computer Lab, Library, Visual Arts and Performing Arts - where students participate in a Foundation performance. Foundation children also meet with the Level 5 students for specific activities during 'Buddy' time. This successful program develops close bonds between children at both ends of the school.
Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's school and education, through assisting at school during reading activites, excursions and a variety of other activites such as cooking, or walks around the local area.
Parents are also encouraged to join our active Parents Association in planning special occasions for our students such as Hot Chocolate Day, Icypole Day, Mother's and Father's Day stalls and many other activties throughout the year.
We look forward to maintaining regular contact with you throughout the year and involving you in many aspects of our program.