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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been wonderful to see how well the Foundation children have settled in and are developing friendships.

Below is an outline of the curriculum that we will be covering this term. A reminder that the students will start full time as of March 6.

English

This term in English we will be exploring the features of a book. We will be looking at the features of the book including identifying the front cover, title, author and illustrator. We will be predicting what we think the books will be about by using clues such as the picture on the front cover and the title, talking about what we enjoyed about the book, and starting to retell a story.

A big focus this term will be on developing the children’s knowledge of the alphabet. Students will be learning to write and identify their name in the correct form.

Thing that you can do at home to support your child:

● Practise writing their own name

● Practise identifying the letters of the alphabet, also the sounds of each letter

● Reading books together and asking your child to tell you about the story/ shared book

Numeracy

In Term 1 we will practise the language and formation of numbers. Using materials such as teddies and counters to represent the quantity of numbers. Students will compare, order numbers as well as identify numbers before and after. Also identify which group has more or less. Exploration students will be introduced to patterns using blocks and other materials.

Thing that you can do at home to support your child:

● Counting (could even be songs and videos) or (counting objects around the house)

● Identifying numbers not in order

● Practise writing numbers

● Counting backwards eg. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0.

Investigation

In Investigation this term we are learning about the theme of ‘Who are we?’ Learning about each other through names, likes and dislikes. Sharing with each other who is in our families and the people we love. The Exploration students will be identifying and describing emotions. Developing their social skills and exploring the qualities of what makes a good friend.

Thing that you can do at home to support your child:

● Talk about who belongs in your family

● Identify and talk about emotions

● Discuss what makes a good friend and showing this at home eg. being kind, using nice words, sharing.

Religion

In Religion students are introduced to the prayer table, who is Jesus, church and the cross. Together as a class students will develop a morning prayer and eating prayer. These will be practised everyday while also practising the sign of the cross.

We look forward to having a wonderful term.

Communicating with your teacher

Best way to communicate with your teacher will be in the mornings or after school at drop off and pick up. Exploration teachers will be outside every morning near the gates. You are also able to communicate through Seesaw, as we will be posting twice a week.

The Explorers Learning Community

Helen Saunders – helen.saunders@slweirviews.catholic.edu.au

Annabelle Zekic – annabelle.toro@slweirviews.catholic.edu.au

Renee Clapton – renee.clapton@slweirviews.catholic.edu

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