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Foundation Update

Welcome to Term 2! It has been wonderful to see the Foundation students' enthusiasm and energy as they returned after the break. We have an exciting, busy term ahead!

Unit of Inquiry

Our central idea for this unit is, 'We can learn about living things through observation and investigation.' We will be continuing to work on this unit throughout the term and explore adaptation and change, lifecycles, interdependence, and habitats.

Our lines of inquiry for this unit are;

  • Features and needs of living things
  • How living things grow and change
  • How we observe, investigate and record our understanding of living things.

Throughout our inquiry, the children will be encouraged to observe living things, record their findings in different ways, and make predictions based on their observations and knowledge. We will often refer to this as 'thinking like a scientist.' We have begun by exploring the features of living things and classifying objects as living and non-living. We have been observing and drawing living things in our school environment and creating a habitat for our Spiny Leaf Insects. So far, the children have been really int in animals and insects, and over the next few weeks, we will start to explore the features and needs of plants. If you have any great books or websites that you have found about living things or observe something interesting in your backyard, please feel free to share photos or links with me via email. 

Maths

Our focus so far this term has been on numbers. We have continued to consolidate our understanding of number names, numerals to the quantities they represent. We have learned some new maths games to help us understand that numbers can be constructed in multiple ways, for example, by combining and partitioning to make 10.  This term, we will be focusing on the following central ideas;

Numbers are connected through a variety of relationships 

  • Constructing numbers in different ways 
  • Modelling and solving problems involving numbers 
  • Using estimation when counting & solving problems 

Shapes & objects can be described based on their properties 

  • Recognising and naming shapes & objects 
  • Describing properties of shapes & objects 
  • Shapes in our environment 

We can collect information to find out about the world around us.

  • Information that can be collected 
  • How we can collect and record information  
  • Describing and explaining the information we collect 

English

We have almost finished learning all of our Set 1 individual speed sounds as part of our 'Read Write Inc' program. The children are not expected to read and write each sound independently at this stage; however, many of the children are becoming very confident identifying and writing most of the sounds that we have learned. Once we have finished learning all of the individual sounds, we will continue to blend our sounds by 'Fred Talking' to read and write decodable words. 

Our focus while reading this term will be listening and responding to shared texts and beginning to decode words as we read. This term, your child will start to bring home some decodable 'mini books' that they will make at school and can read with you at home. They will also continue to bring home their 'Read with Me' books each Monday that you can read together. Please try to help your child to remember to return their reading folder each Friday. 

Mother's Day Spa

On Thursday, 6 May, we celebrated Mother's Day at school. There was a Morning Tea for all Minimbah Mums and an exceptional 'Mothers Day Spa' experience.  We hope that you enjoyed the pampering! 

JACQUI WISHART
Foundation classroom teacher