In order to develop oral language skills, all foundation students are involved in a range of oral language tasks and language experiences. Oral language skills are explicitly taught and modeled to students. They learn how to ‘Turn and Talk’ with a partner to share ideas respectfully with effective communication skills. Language experience help students to understand the connections between speaking and listening, writing and reading. Language experience draws on shared experiences to enrich language through the development of vocabulary, knowledge of the structures of English, using language for different purposes and the extension of the students’ world knowledge and understanding of concepts.
Foundation students are able to explore and develop their personal interests through Investigations sessions. During these sessions, teachers support students in extending their ideas, developing their creativity and challenging them to problem solve and make decisions. Students are motivated and engaged during this time because they are able to explore things they are passionate about. They are encouraged to persist with challenging tasks and work cooperatively with others.
PMP stands for Perceptual Motor Program. During PMP sessions students rotate through a series of specific tasks to develop perception and motor outcomes along with memory training. The skills developed during these sessions include gross and fine motor skills, eye tracking, balance, spatial awareness and skills, rhythm sequence, memory and listening. Students are organised into small groups to ensure every child has the opportunity to develop the skills required to complete each task. This session is a great chance to involve parent helpers, as adult supervision is required at each task to give instructions, provide support and guidance and to ensure safety.
Foundation students have been reading many fairy tales in their literacy classes. The unit culminated in a dress up day where all students (and teaching staff) enjoyed becoming their favourite character. Leading up to the day, Foundation students used their creativity to deign and make props to go along with their costumes. The grade 5/6s came to visit and pose questions to the fairy tale characters. The students did a fabulous job staying in character as they answered a range of questions. We decorated biscuits for Little Red Riding Hood's grandma and followed directions to find Grandma's house (Mrs Macaulay's office).
As the beginning of the school’s camping program, Foundation students come to school in pyjamas and get ready for school at school. The goal of this session is to build confidence and independence with the morning routine. Students will be able to practise skills such as getting dressed independently, making their breakfast, washing their dishes and brushing their teeth and hair.