Foundation (Prep)


Literacy:

In our classrooms you will see :

  • Rich print combination of non fiction and fiction multi modal texts
  • Smart spelling approach to teaching phonological awareness in context
  • We use a structured sequence for beginners to build their confidence and reading stamina.
  • Reading rotations and reading workshops

 

“I love smart spelling because it helps me practice syllables, rhyming words and learn about different graphs and digraphs” ( Charee)

- Cued articulation

- CAFE reading strategies

- Fountas and Pinnell Questions for understanding- within the text, about the text and beyond the text

- Examples of our reading goals the children have identified for themselves :

- I will use Skippy frog when reading tricky words ( Eric)

- I will blend the sounds together ( Dakota )

- I will look for clues in the words and in the pictures ( Elijah )

- I will make connections with the title and story ( Gabe )

- I will track the characters feelings ( Dominic )

- I will share why or why I do not like the ending of a story ( Hannan )

- 7 Steps to Writing Success Ban the Boring , sizzling starts and tightening tensions !

- Entertaining the reader

- Thinking of and sharing my own ideas

- Using and ordering known words to build meaningful sentences

- Hearing and recording sounds in words

- Rereading and sharing my own writing

- Handwriting modelled daily and explicitly taught throughout the week

- Author’s chair

- Some example of our writing goals :

- I will use the senses in my writing ( Eddie )

- I will start with an action, sound or funny part ( Charlie )

- I will spell sight words and Smart spelling words correctly ( Taha )

- I will use dotted thirds correctly ( Tyson )

 

Numeracy:

In our classrooms you will see:

  • Rich hands-on open ended activities and discussions involving games, problems and group tasks connected to daily real life examples
  • Lots of counting embedding flexibility with number
  • Use of concrete materials; unifix, play dough, tens frames,  number lines, blocks, 100 charts, icy pole sticks, cards etc.
  • Estimation skills develop their sense of number
  • Identifying numerals and their names
  • Math Story Books, songs and online games, materials on the Interactive Whiteboard helping to engage a variety of learning styles
  • Development of number and algebra skills using strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems, sharing as division
  • Measurement - ordering events and location, length, mass, capacity
  • Collecting data - answering yes/no questions and forming class graphs.  
  • We encourage our families to continue to use mathematical language so that the children are able to connect what they’ve learned with their lives outside of school
  • Eg Helping them to make connections to real life experiences such as cooking , sharing, measuring, shopping , reading time, weather , noticing house numbers, shapes, number patterns, patterns in nature and buildings, use of money and saving etc

Examples of our math goals:

I will count backwards from 100( Dakota)

I will skip count forwards by 2s up to 20 ( Seth)

I will model numbers from 200 up to 1000 (Eric )

I will use measuring in real life at home (Gabe )

I will count forwards to 40 (Poppy )

I will use drawings and number lines when subtracting ( Alex)

 

Respectful Relationships / Wellbeing:

School Wide Positive Behaviour Approach  

In our classroom you will see happy learners !

We incorporate regular Circle time and weekly Class meetings led by our class captains to support student agency and student voice. Students use mindfulness, a growth mindset and zones of regulation to support managing of emotions and both self and social awareness. Positive behaviour is frequently rewarded and acknowledged with a successful token system. Our values focus on respect, responsibility and resilience. Restorative conversations assist in children understanding the need to fix a relationship after they have made a poor choice.

 

Sciences and The Humanities:

We strongly encourage the children to wonder and be curious about the world around them. To compare and contrast the past with the present, to think and act like scientists, mathematicians, engineers, to be problem solvers and share ideas and innovations for the future. Students explore creativity through play and STEM based activities. Eg designing and building marble ramps, robots and 3D rockets. They are inquirers and are guided by teachers through Problem Based Learning.