Our foundation to year two students enjoy a broad curriculum that includes academic skill development, inquiry and creativity, language and movement and social and emotional learning.
Maths and English are taught for approximately fifteen hours each week. Maths is very ‘hands-on’ so that children can visualise and justify their answers to number problems. We use a combination of mathematics interviews and computer based testing to understand exactly what students know, and what they need to learn next.
English is broken into three parts – writing, reading and speaking and listening. . Writing is taught using the highly effective VCOP program; the students are taught how to expand their vocabulary on different topics, how to use punctuation, how to avoid writers block by having a clear opener and how to connect their ideas effectively in a text. We teach reading through individual and group reading activities, and speaking and listening is taught throughout the week as students share their learning and give one another feedback.
Foundation to year two students enjoy ‘Investigations’ time at least twice each week – working individually and in groups to plan a construction, story or performance that they can share with peers when it is their turn to be the ‘focus student’. Investigations is a very popular part of our teaching and learning and allows the teacher time to work closely with students to improve a wide range of skills.
Foundation to year two students go to the library each week and borrow a book. They also have specialist instruction in Indonesian, Physical Education, Art and Kitchen Garden. Finally, they work through our School Wide Positive Behaviour and Support matrix and Respectful Relationships curriculum to develop some powerful social, emotional, collaboration and problem solving skills.