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Foundation Update

We have got off to a brilliant start in Foundation! It has been fantastic to see the children settle into our routines and become more independent and confident at school. Starting school can be exhausting for children (and families), so thank you for your help in making the transition so positive.

Unit of Inquiry

Our central idea for this unit is, 'Exploring personal identity helps us understand and build relationships with others.' We will continue to work on this unit throughout the term and explore relationships, belonging, identity, rights and responsibilities, and emotions. The children loved sharing their 'All About Me' bags and have had many opportunities to reflect on the skills required to build relationships with others. We have read stories about friendship and even written and illustrated our own Friendship Book as a class. The children also decided that they would like to make a class 'Caring Tree' to celebrate acts of kindness that we see in Foundation. We have had some great discussions about Woodleigh's '3 R's'; respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the environment. We will continue to build on our understanding of respect as the basis for our classroom Essential Agreements.

English

We have begun learning our Speed Sounds in 'Read Write Inc' time. The children have enjoyed exploring the sounds and learning to write them using each letter's handwriting prompts. If you would like to see the order in which we teach the sounds or discuss the handwriting prompts with your child, check our daily Seesaw posts. It's great to encourage your child to find the letters they have learned on signs or in text, or if they are keen, they can practice writing them at home.

Our focus has been on listening and responding to shared texts by answering and posing relevant questions and making predictions about reading. We have been reading picture storybooks related to our central idea and concepts for our unit of inquiry. If your child has any books that they would like to bring in to share with us that focus on identity, relationships or emotions, that would be wonderful.

Maths

Our focus so far this term has been on numbers. We have worked on our ability to count and use number words and numerals to represent quantities. The children have enjoyed learning and playing dice games and watching video clips about numbers and problem-solving. We have also spent time learning the numerals' correct handwriting formation to efficiently and effectively record our mathematical thinking. We are beginning to look at how we can collect data and represent it visually. Towards the end of the term, we will look at the measurement of time as we learn the week's days and start to explore the months of the year.

It was wonderful to chat with you all during parent-teacher interviews and establish some individual goals for your child. Thank you for helping us get off to such a positive and happy start!

Reminders

  • If you are not already connected to your child's Seesaw account or are having difficulty signing up, please let me know. I post regular updates of what we are up to in class so that your child can share what they have done at school with you.
  • Throughout Term 1, please send your child's swimming bag in at the start of each week, and Mr. Roden will choose the best day for the children to swim based on the weather.
  • Please make sure everything that your child brings to school is named to help return lost items to them.
  • Please discourage your child from bringing toys into school, as often toys can get broken or go missing. If they would like to bring a comfort teddy or soft toy, that is fine.
  • 'Read with Me' folders should be returned to school each Friday so that we can help your child choose new 'Read to me books' to bring home each Monday.
  • As we head towards the end of term, please feel free to give your child a rest day or pick them up earlier if you think they are getting too tired.

JACQUI WISHART
Foundation Classroom Teacher