Prep

FOUNDATION

The foundation year at Pearcedale Primary School is based on the belief that all students can learn. At Pearcedale Primary School our Foundation teachers provide quality curriculum, researched interventions and enriching extensions to provide outstanding education for all.

In the classroom, teachers foster a safe and happy learning environment where students are valued, praised and encouraged to take risks or ‘have a go’. Play is an important part of the curriculum where learning is related to real life, as children are encouraged to make sense of the world around them through real life experiences. Our Foundation teachers understand and nurture each stage of development and support students to achieve their personal best across all areas of the curriculum.

The learning experiences in foundation are individually planned and implemented to cater for all students. Teachers work collaboratively to ensure that the learning activities and resources cater for varying abilities. The Foundation team establishes a pathway for each child to learn, discover and grow to prepare them for the learning journey ahead.

Literacy

The Literacy Program enhances each child’s literacy skills and knowledge and develops the foundations for future learning. Our literacy program is built around three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Through fun, interactive and interest based activities students develop their reading, phonemic awareness, creating, speaking and listening as well as writing skills and come to enjoy and appreciate the English Language. We currently have five I pads as well as five classroom computers for each Foundation class that are an integral part of teaching and learning.

 

Numeracy

The Mathematics program involves students’ actively developing their fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills to become competent maths learners. In each classroom students mathematical learning is enriched through hands on, fun and interactive programs, utilising the various ICT resources available. Students’ learning is further enhanced by participating in individualised ‘Booster Groups’, which are designed to support, consolidate or extend mathematical concepts. The Foundation team collaboratively analyses formative assessments to accurately group the children according to their needs.

 

Specialists

At Pearcedale Primary School, our foundation students participate in a range of specialist programs which aim to provide opportunities for all students to develop and nurture a range of interests. The students participate in Physical Education, Music, Art, I.C.T, Library and Prep Sport. All of these programs are coordinated by a specialist teacher that plans and implements a fantastic program.

 

Term One

After a smooth transition into school the students highly enjoyed participating in a range of ‘getting to know you’ activities to encourage social interactions and developing friendships. The students were immersed in activities that encouraged learning through play and nurturing their individual learning strengths.

An exciting event in term one is our annual “School Carnival”. This was a fun filled day enjoyed by our new Prep students and their families as well as the entire Pearcedale community. Everyone came together to enjoy a day of face painting, rides, shopping, dancing and more.

 

Term 2

Term 2 is always a busy term in Prep! The students participated in their first Cross Country and loved having their parents there to cheer them on.

Special Friend’s Day was a highlight of the term. We invited all of our families and friends to come and spend some time in our amazing school. The students highly enjoyed showing their special friends their classroom, exploring the music room and experiencing some of the fantastic technology here at Pearcedale.

At the end of term two each student received a school report that detailed individual student progress, achievement outcomes and areas of improvement across all curriculum areas.  Prep teachers had a meeting with parents to discuss the progress of their child and areas to focus on for the next stage of the year.

 

Term 3

This term the Prep children have been involved in activities surrounding their family history. We explored each student’s family backgrounds and located their ancestries on a world map.

We had an exciting Athletics Fun Day to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, where the students participated in a range of fun activities such as the 100m sprint, egg and spoon race, hurdles and high jump.

We have been investigating the topic ‘living and non- living’. The students have grown their own bean plants and we are further supporting the student’s learning by going to the Melbourne Zoo.  The students will enjoy a wonderful day learning about their favourite animals and viewing them in their habitats.

Some others highlights for this term is an exciting “Book Parade” with lots of fun rotational activities and a parade involving the whole school.  Also the whole school “Footy Day” where students can come dressed up in your favourite team’s colours and enjoy a great day.

Support your child’s learning — at home!

You want to help your child develop their literacy and numeracy skills, but working out how can be tricky. How do you find activities that reinforce and build on the concepts and skills your child will encounter in the classroom? The answer: this website. Everything here supports the Australian Curriculum for primary school, and is child (and parent) friendly. Browse by your child’s year level, or search for a topic, and the website will suggest ideas, activities, games and videos you can use to support your child’s learning.

 

http://www.learningpotential.edu.au/

 

 

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