What a busy first term we have had in Foundation! The past nine weeks have flown by, and the children have grown and learned so much. They are becoming very independent and confident at school now. They were fantastic on stage at their first Assembly last week. I am sure you were all as proud as Georgy and I were when watching the recording!
This term, our focus has been on developing number concepts and number sense. We have worked on the number sequence, one-to-one correspondence, cardinality, and subitizing. We have learned how to measure time using a visual schedule to organise our day and week. We will begin to explore the relationships that connect numbers using languages such as more than, less than, and the same or equal next term. We will also explore shapes and learn to describe different forms based on their properties. If you are looking for some fun outdoor maths activities to do over the holidays as a family, you might like to watch this short video for some ideas -
The children are doing so well with the sounds during 'Read Write Inc' sessions. They are becoming competent at recognising each sound that we are learning, forming it correctly, and blending the sounds to read the word, or as we call it, 'Fred Talk.' We have played a game called 'Write My Word' in class where I 'sound out' a three-letter word with the letters we know so far, i.e., b-e-d, and the children write a sound at a time to make the word. Your child might like to play this at home with you over the break. Many of the children have also loved making their mini books at school. It has given them a chance to practice their letter formation and fine motor skills. Any opportunities that you can find at home for your child to write with an authentic purpose are precious. Maybe they could help you write a shopping list, a birthday card or a note to a friend.
Unit of Inquiry
In this final week of our inquiry unit, we have focused on building relationships with others and how our actions can affect others. We read a beautiful story about being open-minded and respecting others called "The Smeds and the Smoos" by Julia Donaldson. We have also worked on our essential agreements as a class. Thinking about how respecting ourselves and others look, sounds, and feels. You might like to talk about what respect looks like as a family. How do you show respect to each other at home? Next term, we will begin a new unit of inquiry about living things.
Thank you to our wonderful Creek Volunteers this term. It has been fantastic to have your support. I will put a volunteer list up on the classroom door for the start of next term. If you know a date that would suit you to volunteer, you can either email me, and I can add your name, or you are welcome to write your name up if you are dropping your child off in the morning. It would be great to have our first volunteers for Wednesday, 21st April organised before the start of term, so please email me if you are happy to help that day.
The first term of Foundation is always exhausting for both the children and families. Thank you so much for your support and partnership this term. I wish you all a wonderful, relaxing break.
Foundation Classroom Teacher