Foundation Teaching and Learning News 2023




In Foundation A, we have been actively engaged in learning to recognize and model numbers up to 10. We have been identifying dot formations (known as subitising) and explaining our reasoning behind it. We also have been sharing and exploring various ways to make numbers and understanding the concept of part-part-whole relationships to create numbers up to 10. We have participated in a variety of hands-on experiences aimed at modelling and representing numbers in various ways.




In Foundation B, we have had fun learning about 2D shapes! We incorporated some reading into maths and read our favourite Mr Men books. We then got to make our own Mr Men shapes and they look great!



In Foundation C, over the last few weeks we have been learning all about our 2D shapes. We have enjoyed exploring 2D shapes by grouping, sorting, drawing and creating characters using 2D shapes. 


Inquiry Learning and Water Safety


The Foundation students have been learning about ‘The Changing World’ and how things change and grow over time. Students made their own bean plant and have been recording their observations over the last few weeks. Foundation grades also have their own ‘Sea Monkey’ pets that they are enjoying watching grow and change. This week we had Life Saving Victoria come visit and students learnt how to be safe around water.




Personal and Social Capabilities and Education Week


In Foundation, students engage in exciting ‘Learning Through Play’ experiences. They develop their social, emotional skills and develop positive relationships with peers through play experiences. Students build upon their collaborative skills, communicate and problem solve by participating in imaginative play, creating new objects, dressing up in costumes and making up games.



Anzac Day and Literacy

In Foundation, we learnt about the importance of ANZAC day. We read a story called ‘Anzac Ted’ and discussed how Anzac Ted was brave like our soldiers. The Foundation students then created their own Anzac Ted. This week we have been learning about the letter ‘O’ sound and met a new character, Oscar the Octopus. We made our own octopus and we have been learning what a fact is and writing facts about octopuses.



Term One highlights 

Foundation: The Foundation students have completed their very first term of school. They have enjoyed learning, discovering new things and forming new friendships. They have participated in many fun learning experiences, such as making Milo Milk, creating funny food faces and meeting new characters that introduce our letter sounds. We celebrated the end of term by having a foundation picnic outside. Congratulations Foundation students on a great start to your school journey.




In Foundation A we have been developing our understanding of length and measurement through fun and interactive activities. Students chose different pictures to measure, for example, a whale, cupcake, carrot and ice cream and measured the length using materials such as blocks and gems. We used our careful counting skills while measuring along the black line on our pictures. We then recorded our answers and shared with a partner how long our pictures were.



In Foundation B, we have been improving our subitising skills, by recognising the number of dots when we see them. We have been playing fun games together and have been great learners!



In Foundation C we have been learning lots of new fun maths games. We have been learning to play estimate and check which helps us to estimate and count. We also had a subitising station which allows us to recognise dots instantly without counting the number of dots shown.



Inquiry Learning 


In Foundation, our Inquiry Topic for this term is ‘Shaping our Identity’. In Week 7, we made ‘Identity Bags’, decorated them and took them home to fill them up with things that represent our identity. Some things included in the bags were our favourite colour, toy, food or sport. We shared with our classmates the items we put in our bag and what they mean to us.


Personal and Social Learning 

In Foundation we have been learning about the Zones of Regulation. We spoke about the different coloured zones and how we might feel in these zones. We created a zones area where students will be able to express and share how they are feeling and why. Foundation students also had the opportunity to colour monsters to express what coloured zone they were in. They also drew a picture showing how they feel in each zone.




Getting to know our Buddies 

Foundation & Grade 4


Last week our buddy program began, Foundation students were allocated a grade 4 buddy to be a familiar face when they are feeling a little unsure and help support them in the yard. We have been getting to know one another and having picnic lunches together. The grade 4 students have been great role models to our Foundation students.