Foundation: Taking the Lead

Dear Families,

This term, the children have enjoyed exploring our central idea 'Products and services are created to meet the needs of a community.' It has been wonderful to see the children starting to think about roles and responsibilities, occupations, and different products and services. They have been encouraged to explore these ideas, engage in the design process, and be creative and critical in their thinking.

We love opportunities to take our learning beyond our classroom so the children can apply their understanding in meaningful, real-life contexts and demonstrate action. The Foundation students took the lead in performing a service and collecting goods for the local community by organising Pyjama Day on 25th August. The Foundation students created posters, delivered collection baskets, and confidently explained the day to all the other classes in our school community. We managed to collect an astounding 994 items, which the volunteers at MSFIN greatly appreciated.

Having our parent community in to talk to us about your jobs has been fantastic. We have had a diverse range of presentations, and it has been excellent for the children to learn about all your different roles and responsibilities. One day, we had a Dad who makes music videos, a Mum who is an ecologist, and a Dad who is a urologist! What interesting careers you all have.

It has been great to make literacy connections with our current unit of inquiry so that the children can listen and respond to fiction and non-fiction texts that help them explore roles and responsibilities. The children have really enjoyed Andrea Beaty's picture story books, such as 'Rosie Revere, Engineer,' Ada Twist, Scientist, and 'Iggy Peck, Architect.' These books not only focus on roles and responsibilities but also encourage many of the attributes of the IB learner profile, such as being a risk-taker, an inquirer, and a thinker.

In Maths this term, we have continued to consolidate our place value understanding and moved to numbers beyond 20 and skip counting. Our 100th day of school was an excellent opportunity to practice counting by 10s and visualising what ten groups of ten look like. We have also begun to explore patterns and will introduce money and time in our final week of term.

I hope that you all have a safe, relaxing break.

Thank you for your continued support,

Jacqui, Jasmine & Rachel