Prep Highlights ~ Term 3 in 2019
Foundation News – August / September
Welcome back to Term 3 with a special welcome to our new families! Term 3 is one of the most exciting terms in the Foundation Year as it is the term when we often see the biggest growth in the children. They are now settled in to the routine of school, are developing friendships and feeling more confident about their learning. It is during the second half of the year that they start to apply and combine the skills taught in Terms 1 and 2 and build their developing growth mindset.
Foundation Year Parent Newsletter Term 3, 2019
Tournament of the Books – throughout the school the children are being introduced to a variety of new books and authors. In Foundation, the children will read two new books per week. After reading both books, they will vote on their favourite. Altogether 16 books will be read and voted on with a favourite book for Foundation 2019 being found.
Footy Day – again a whole school parade will occur with children coming dressing in their favourite team colours. Activities will also be held during this day in class and with their buddie
Hands on Science visit permission to be given via Compass
Cooking will also be running this term. Parent helpers are encouraged for this program. https://signup.com/mobileweb/2.0/vspot.html?activitykey=8058439840113#anonymous_invite_page
The inquiry Unit in Term 3 is called “How Does The Weather Affect Our Daily Life?” This is unit will investigate many aspects of weather including making observations and recordings about the daily weather. We will be discussing why having an understanding of our weather helps us make decisions in our daily life. We will be creating weather reports, exploring seasons and having a visit from Hands on Science to explore concepts further. This is a fantastic unit to develop numeracy skills and vocabulary.
During writing session, the student will :
- continue to build on their letter sound knowledge which is part of the Write 2 Read Program.
- build on their knowledge of codes in words and their ability to record these when spelling.
- develop their ability to write simple sentences including features such as full stops and capital letters.
- learn to write sentences in response to a variety of texts and experiences.
During handwriting sessions, we will continue to focus on:
- Correct pencil grip
- Correct formation of letters and numbers
- Placing letters on the baseline
- Having spaces between words
Students will continue to:
- learn the Write to Read 70 phonograms and how these can help them decode words.
- build on their knowledge of rhymes and syllables.
- participate in guided reading groups and reading rotations
- learn how to respond to texts through discussion and in written form.
- build on their fluency of the 100 Most Used Words.
- Develop their comprehension skills
- Learn to distinguish between non-fiction and fiction books
Speaking and Listening
Students will continue to:
- use the features of a good speaker and listener in class.
- develop their questioning skills.
- Develop their use of vocabulary through guided discussions
- Build on their knowledge of rhyme
Students will be building on their number knowledge whilst developing their problem solving skills. The units covered during the term will be decades, teen numbers, addition, days of the week and location. You can help your child build on their number knowledge by playing simple counting games and card games. Ask them questions like what number comes before or after, what does 5 and 5 make, get them to count forwards and backwards from different starting points etc
Our focus this term is how to seek help when needed and how to be a good friend. Alongside these new topics, we will build on our Growth Mindset work from Term 2 as well as continue with our use of the Zones of Regulation to help regulate our emotions.
This term the children will be using a coding program called “Kodeable”. They will also be using Keynote to create a slideshow about weather.
The two units we are covering this term are Collage and Threads/Textiles Art.
In Collage, the students will be introduced to the techniques through a story of Henry Matisse. The students will create art through cutting, folding, and altering paper. Colour and contrasting will be the focus. Then student will create a portfolio collage piece based on these techniques and geometric shapes.
A study of Gustav Klimt and patterns will be the starting point for this lesson. A collage using different materials such as buttons and ribbons will also be created. Finally, a gelato collage will be created after reading the story in Italian “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.
A Father’s Day card will be made and decorated in Art.
Students will learn about different fabrics/materials in a Threads/Textiles unit of work and create a hessian picture, fabric fish collage and a stick puppet.
In Italian, we will continue to practise our numbers, alphabet and colours. The students will be learning to write and recognize the Numbers 1-10 in Italian. Through games, singing, flashcard recognition and activity worksheets student will develop their confidence in using the numbers in Italian. A new Winter song “Inverno” will be learnt. The Seasons will be introduced into their vocabulary this term.
In Term 3, the foundation students will continue to develop their ball handling skills. They will be aiming to improve their catching, throwing, dribbling, kicking and team participation skills, using a range of different sized balls, soccer and footballs. Each session begins with a warm up to improve their control, balance and to enhance fitness levels. Students focus on their individual development by setting achievable goals. Active participation, co-operative behaviours and the application of skills are encouraged in a variety of games.
This term, the Foundation students will participate in a unit based on Chemical Science. The program incorporates a range of hands-on learning experiences hands for the students. They will be guided through a systematic exploration of materials and introduced to scientific methods and language. Students will be encouraged to use their 5 senses to identify the observable properties of materials and their application in everyday life. Big books, science clips, real life experiences and fun experiments will be involved as students discover the science in their lives and the community.
The term 3 Show and Tell proforma was sent home at the end of last term. Please check the date your child is presenting their book report.
Take home readers will continue to be sent home daily. We send home readers that are meant to be easy for your child to read. The words and pattern of the text should be very familiar so fluency and confidence are increased.
In conjunction with the take home readers, students will continue to have the 100 most used words and codes to learn. Please note it is not a race to learn these words and codes. If your child can recall their words but has not yet been given the next set, get them to try and spell these words or put them in a sentence for you to demonstrate their understanding. The same applies with the codes. If your child can easily read the code, try saying the code to your child then getting them to write the code. Students need to develop automatic recall of both the codes and words.
Children are also encouraged to use the Mathletics website.
Please remember your child’s education at Eltham North is a partnership, we want to work together to help your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.
With thanks from the Foundation Team:
Janine Tucker, Josh Darling, Rachel Hanslow-Sells, Nadia Bovalino and Alicia Scott.