What’s happening in our Foundation class term 3 2017


Reading:  This term we will continue with our reading group rotations on a daily basis, where the students will participate in the following.Use a range of reading strategies some including sounding out, picture cues, pointing to the words, self-correcting and re-reading to develop their reading abilities and text understanding.

  • Continue to learn and identify letter blends and simple sight words.
  • Build on reading skills and strategies through guided reading sessions, literacy based games and activities.

Writing: This term we will be focusing on the following text types:

  • Weekend recounts
  • Fairy tales
  • Poetry – Nursery Rhymes, Acrostic Poems
  • Information Reports

Speaking and Listening:

  • Continue to participate in regular circle times and discussions on a range of different topics throughout the term.
  • Participate in small group and independent read alouds through discussions and guided reading sessions. Identify letter blends and simple sight words.
  • Listen to and respond to a range of text types.
  • Respond to posed questions and share researched information and knowledge.
  • Participate in purposeful communication about a given topic.
  • Show and Tell


Number and Algebra:

  • Comparing and ordering items of like and unlike characteristics using the words ‘more’, ‘less’, ‘same as’ and ‘not the same as’ and giving reasons for these answers.
  • Make, name, record and sequence teen numbers as well as numbers 1-10.
  • Subtraction.
  • Connect numerals, names and quantities with numbers 10-20.
  • Money – Explore why we use money, look at Australian money, identify coins and notes and how much they are worth, explore how much we pay for different items, use toy money to pay for goods in play situations.


Measurement and Geometry:

  • Length – Measuring and comparing lengths of a range of objects in and out of the classroom using informal units of measurements (hands, unifix blocks, icy pole sticks, and paper clips). Compare the lengths of different objects using different units of measurement. Introduce 1 metre.
  • Mass – Introduce the meaning of mass, why we weigh things and the vocab associated with mass (heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter, and lightest). Using hefting as a method of determining heavier and lighter objects.
  • Capacity – Introduce the meaning of capacity, why we measure how much different objects can hold and the vocab associated with capacity (holds more, holds the same, holds less).
  • Position and movement – Introduce and explore location language such as between, near, next to, forwards, towards.


Statistics and probability:

  • Graphs – Collect data and answer questions on a range of different topics. Display data through a graph and interpret results.




By understanding the conditions for sustaining the environment, we will be better able to care for the world around us.

Investigation Into:

  • The conditions to sustain living things.
  • How changing seasons impact on living things.
  • Sustainable actions to care for the environment.


Essential Questions

  • What are the basic needs of living things?
  • What impact do the changing seasons have on living things?
  • How can we sustain the environment?

Students will use knowledge of good and bad rubbish to reduce waste in their homes and at school. They will consider sustainable ways to stay warm in winter and to stay cool in summer. Your students will also develop an interest in growing their own food.

Spanish: Family:

  • Learn vocabulary used to name family members such as madre, padre, hermana, hermano, abuela, abuelo, tia and tio.
  • Make connections to their own families by using this new vocabulary.
  • Use vocabulary to create a family tree.


  • Learn vocabulary to name and identify a variety of animals.
  • Listen to and learn a range of songs about different animals.
  • Complete a variety of activities to explore a range of animals and share their own pets and favourite animals.


  • Revise numbers 0-10.
  • Explore numbers beyond 10.
  • Participate in a range of counting games and songs to consolidate their number knowledge.

 Months of the year:

  • Learn the Months of the year through song.