Telling our stories in Foundation
Dear Families, It was fantastic to welcome the Foundation students back to our classroom this week. They have all grown so much and returned from the break with big smiles and loads of enthusiasm. It was beautiful to watch them reconnect with each other and share their stories about home learning.
This term, we have begun exploring our new central idea People communicate meaning and express their identity through stories. We will be inquiring into:
- the role of storytelling (dramatic play, music, art, dance)
- our personal connection to stories
- expressing our identity through storytelling.
We had a visit from Valanga Khoza.
This unit will allow us to focus on the role and purpose of stories and how stories can be told in many different ways. We will explore poetry, narratives, plays, folk tales, and oral storytelling traditions. We will work on the structure of a story and investigate characters, settings, plots, and story sequencing. There will be many opportunities for the children to create and share their own stories. In the coming weeks, we will be asking them to share their favourite stories and talk to you about personal stories from your family or culture.
In Maths this term, we will continue to consolidate our understanding of place value and utilise practical situations to model addition, subtraction, and sharing. We will begin to explore patterns by copying, continuing, and creating patterns with objects, drawings, and numbers. Later in the term, we will investigate time and basic geometry.
It has been great to recommence our Read Write Inc groups at school. The children will begin to bring home books and ditties to practice with you at home each week. Please ensure that these are returned to school each Monday. These are in addition to their ‘Read with Me’ books, which are three books that your child will choose themselves each week. These may not be decodable books, so there is no expectation that your child can read these independently, although they might like to read with you or attempt some of the words they can ‘Fred Talk’ themselves.
This week in honour of Book Week we were lucky enough to have an author visit from Patrick Guest. Patrick is a wonderful storyteller, whose books touch on themes of courage and kindness.
Thank you for your assistance in making our return to the classroom a smooth transition. Please send me an email if there is any way I can support you or your child over the coming weeks. I am looking forward to a sensational term together!