Foundation

TERM 2 NEWSLETTER 2019

 

Welcome back to Term 2! We hope everyone had a great rest over the Easter holidays! Well done to all of the Foundation students for all of their hard work in term 1! It is such a big transition and they were all AMAZING!

 

Term 2 - English

This term the Foundation team will continue with our primary focus on Reading, Spelling and Writing. Students will continue to be immersed in the CAFE Reading Strategies with a new strategy introduced each week. These strategies have been developed to assist students with their Accuracy as they read. As the term progresses students will begin to learn and practise strategies to support their Comprehension.

 

The Foundation Teaching Team has recently commenced professional learning of cued articulation and has begun introducing the concepts during literacy sessions to support the students prior learning of letter sound relationships. This supports the LiPS program. As students knowledge of these relationships progresses further, simple spelling rules will be introduced using the Spalding Spelling Program. These activities will support students reading and writing development.

 

In Writing, students will continue improving upon their dotted thirds writing, including letter placement on these lines. Students will continue to learn about the key elements of personal recounts and undertake further modelled writing with a focus on Vocabulary and Punctuation.

 

Mathematics

This term in Mathematics students will continue to develop and build upon their number sense, including identifying numerals, number names and matching quantities of single and double digit numbers. We will explore ordinal numbers, identifying first to tenth, as well as identifying and using positional language to explain the location of objects in a given space. We will explore 2D shapes within the environment as well as some of their identifying features. Students will be engaged in activities to understand and order days of the week and months of the year.

 

ICT

We will begin to use iPads and computers throughout the term. Sometimes we use these in our Daily 5 Cafe activities, for Reading Eggs and with our buddies. Essential Assessment Mathematics is a new program to Langwarrin Park Primary and will replace Mathletics. Students are required to undertake some tasks prior to accessing Sunset Maths at home. In order for this to run smoothly students will undertake these tasks with teacher support in weeks 4, 5 and 6 of this term.

 

Inquiry

During the term our students will explore a variety of inquiry topics including:

  • Anzac Day
  • Our Family
  • Mothers’ Day
  • THRIVE
  • Buddies
  • Education week - Open Night. Focus on careers
  • Science - ‘What is it made of?’
  • How to stay safe at school - evacuation drills
  • Swimming safety
  • Road safety
  • Bike safety
  • Fire safety
  • An excursion to Casey Safety Village

 

Specialist Timetable

Our Specialist timetable for Foundation has remained the same for term 2. The students look forward to each of their specialist classes each week.

 

Buddies

Last term the students enjoyed meeting their Year 5 buddies and participating in lunch dates and activities and Term 2 will see the continuation of this program. The Foundation students will also be supporting their buddies during their NAPLAN week.

 

Homework

This term children will continue with their regular reading/sounds homework routine. At home students are required to read and practise their Cluster Sounds and M1OOW with an adult. It is an expectation that students will do this most nights. Student reading milestones will be celebrated in class with the children receiving acknowledgement corresponding to their reading efforts (eg. completing their Cluster Sounds or Golden Words).

 

Classroom teachers will test students regularly and award a certificate prior to moving onto the next M1OOW list. When possible please encourage your child to go onto Reading Eggs to complete tasks assigned by the teacher. Reading Eggs is a fun and interactive way to assist children as they learn to read. We strongly value parent assistance with homework to support the learning that students undertake in the classroom. A reminder that children should bring their blue Reading Satchel containing their M1OOW Sounds book and levelled readers to school each day.

 

Parent involvement

A big thank you for your patience as Langwarrin Park Primary set up our new Child Safe Parent Helper program. All your help and support throughout term 1 was greatly appreciated and we look forward to continuing to work with you throughout Semester 2. It has been fantastic to see the progress everyone is making and we could not do it without your continued support.

 

 Communication -

*Dojo Protocols

Just a reminder that Class Dojo is used to send out general reminders and updates on what is happening in your child’s classroom. This program provides the opportunity for sharing positive communication between parents and teachers. Please check it weekly for information from your teacher about events happening around school.

 

*Absent notes

If your child is sick or away for any reason, the Department requires that you provide a written, signed note with the dates of absence, reason, and child’s name. Alternatively by using the the Parent Sentral Portal you can send a message. Please let your classroom teacher know if you have used the Portal.

 

*Interviews

Mid year parent teacher interviews will be taking place the week commencing 24th June 2019. Notices about this will be sent home closer to the date. 

 

Term 2 Key Dates:

 

  • Tuesday, 23rd April -School commences for all students
  • Thursday, 25th April - Anzac Day (Public Holiday)
  • Monday, 6th May - Mothers’ Day Stall
  • Friday, 10th May - Mothers’ Day morning pamper session
  • Friday, 19th May - PFC Pizza Day
  • Wednesday, 22nd May - LPPS Open Night (Education Week)
  • Friday, 24th May - PFC Casual Dress Day
  • Monday, 27th May - Evening school tour for prospective 2020 Foundation students at 6.00pm
  • Thursday, 30th May - Swimming session 1
  • Thursday, 6th June - Swimming session 2
  • Monday, 10th June - Queen's Birthday (Public Holiday)
  • Tuesday, 11th June - Curriculum Day (Student Free Day)
  • Thursday, 13th June - Swimming session 3
  • Wednesday, 19th June - Casey Safety Village and Ballam Park excursion (Prep 2 and 3)
  • Thursday, 20th June - Swimming session 4
  • Week commencing Monday, 24th June - Reports released on Sentral Parent Portal and Semester 1 Parent Teacher Interviews conducted
  • Tuesday, 25th June - The ‘Biggest Morning Tea’
  • Wednesday, 26th June - Casey Safety Village and Ballam Park excursion (Prep 1, Prep 4 and Prep 13)
  • Thursday, 27th June - Swimming session 5
  • Friday, 28th June - Last day of term (2.30pm finish)

 

We are enjoying working with you and your child this year, thank you again for all of your support


Your Foundation Team