Langwarrin Park Primary School
Foundation - Term 1 2021
Welcome to Foundation at Langwarrin Park Primary School!
Our team for this year includes:
Kristel Bergman F1
Lauren Jackson F2
We are looking forward to working with our happy, creative 2021 students and providing them with a stimulating and engaging learning program that is both supportive and challenging.
Being in Foundation will be a very exciting and busy time for your child. Our aim is to consolidate and extend your child’s understanding in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy and promote their Physical and Personal Development. The Foundation Team expects that children will try their best, take risks with their learning, ask questions of their teachers and peers, talk to each other in a friendly way and participate in all activities.
At LPPS our Wellbeing curriculum brings together best-practice teaching with the science of Positive Psychology to help all students reach their academic and personal potential. Based on research, we have developed ‘THRIVE’. Our THRIVE model outlines 6 simple actions you can take to build robust levels of wellbeing, these are:
TRY your best
ENJOY positive emotions
In the Foundation Team we have a major focus on English which is divided into Reading, Phonics, Speaking and Listening, and Writing. During Term One we learn and practise the letters of the alphabet, with a particular focus on the sounds. We encourage a love of reading using the three ways to read a story: Read the words, Read the pictures and Retell the story. This leads into our CAFÉ and Daily 5 Reading Programs where we will introduce a variety of strategies. These activities will help students learn how to read and write. In Writing, we use a primary print font with an emphasis on the starting points and formation of each letter. We also use the Rainbow Words in reading and writing as these are the most common words in English.
In Mathematics this term students will be learning to recognise, make and order numbers a variety of number sets. They explore which number comes before and after a set number. We focus on both picture and number patterns and how to continue and create our own. We also learn how to ‘subitise’ which is recognising the amount of dots or objects in a collection without having to count them one by one. In the classroom we discuss different times of the day and common words such as “today, tomorrow and yesterday” to discuss when different events take place. This term we also explore 2D shapes in the environment.
During the term our students will explore a variety of inquiry topics including:
Our Foundation classes enjoy several specialist classes each week. Your teacher will display a timetable in the classroom window outlining your weekly activities. Below is a list of specialist subjects and teachers.
Ms Bailey & Mrs Hamilton
Mrs Burt & Mrs Peluso
Regular nightly activities expected for Foundation students include take home readers, Cluster Sounds and Rainbow Words. Additionally, students also have the opportunity to access PM readers to help consolidate your child’s learning.
The purpose of at home reading is to foster the enjoyment of independent reading. As such, you will find that these readers are easier than those used within our Daily 5 Program under teacher instruction. Take home readers are kept within your child’s reading satchel along with their THRIVE Diary. Once our Foundation students have settled into our school routine full time, reading satchels will be sent home every night and should be returned each day.
Our Sounds and Words book contains nightly practise content. Cluster sounds provide students with the opportunity to learn all letter names and their corresponding sounds as taught within the classroom. Rainbow Words also need to be practised nightly at home to assist students with both Reading and Writing. We dedicate our instructional time to learning in the classroom and will only be assessing the Rainbow words once a term. We follow a specific structure, beginning with practising sounding out the Yellow words, and your teacher will let you know when it is time to move on to the next set of words.
At Langwarrin Park Primary School we foster strong and productive partnerships with parents, creating many opportunities for families to be involved in the classroom. We encourage you to work closely with your child’s teacher so that you have as much information as possible about our curriculum programs. We greatly appreciate the role that parents play in supporting the learning needs of our students and making our school a great place to be. Covid restrictions may change in the coming months, enabling us to have helpers in the classroom. We are guided by Departmental operational guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes.
Communication with classroom teachers is available using the Class Dojo application. This program provides a great opportunity for positive communication between parents and teachers. Please remember to notify your child’s classroom teacher of any absences in writing or through the Sentral Parent Portal. As we spend the majority of each day in face to face teaching and/or yard duty, we will endeavour to reply to messages within 24 hours. If the matter is urgent, please contact the office and they can pass on a message.
We are looking forward to working with you and your child this year,
Your Foundation team!