In their Foundation year, students at Frankston Heights are learning how to be life-long learners including establishing school routines, getting along and interacting with others. Their participation in the transition program the previous year helps them have a seamless transition into school. Each Foundation student is buddied with a Year 5/6 student who acts as a mentor and assists them with making a smooth transition into school. Throughout the year, the students participate in classroom activities with their buddy such as buddy reading.
Our CAFE reading program instils a passion for reading through allowing students to choose books that interest them as well as levelled ‘just right’ books that are specifically for their reading level.
CAFE reading stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanded Vocabulary – four key components for successful reading. Students are supported in using a variety of reading strategies such as sounding out, asking questions, using punctuation and re-telling the story in reading sessions.
Students read one-on-one with the teacher on a regular basis and work towards achieving their personalised goals to become the strongest readers they can be.
Writing and Speaking and Listening
By providing many hands-on experiences, students are immersed in language experiences to promote rich vocabulary and to assist with transferring these experiences to paper.
Students are exposed to fine-motor activities, non-fiction and fiction writing, spelling and punctuation and formal handwriting lessons to assist students to be confident writers.
Underpinning our writing and reading lesson is the Jolly Phonics program. This program assists students to learn the letters and common sounds of the alphabet through chants, actions and interactive programs.
Each class follows the same numeracy lesson structure. We begin with number tasks to practise automatic recall skills such as counting and addition facts. Following this, the teacher models and teach specific maths skills which the students then apply through a range of hands-on activities. Every lesson concludes with a time for students to reflect on their learning with thoughts and strategies recorded in a shared class numeracy journal.
DIGITAL AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES
The use of technology (iPads, Beebots and laptops) as well as programs and applications are formally taught regularly throughout the year. Students also learn about being cyber safe. Additionally, our design lessons teach students how to plan, design, modify and create using recyclable materials.
The ‘Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships’ program underpins our weekly wellbeing sessions which include circle time, discussions and role plays to help students develop their ability to identify and communicate their emotions, problem solve and seek help when needed.
Each term, we have a different inquiry topic which links to literacy, numeracy, digital and design technology learning. Our inquiry topics are:
Term 1: All About Me
Term 2: Stories from the Past
Term 3: Extinct is forever, Endangered is we still have time
Term 4: My Place, Our Place