Foundation (Prep)

 

Our Foundation program is based on the awareness that children need to be provided with a solid foundation of skill acquisition to develop the range of thinking and self-education (research) abilities that will allow them to become life-long learners in the 21st Century. We provide a learning environment that offers practice in how to make decisions, initiate ideas, persist and follow through with tasks and challenges, find out and explore, take risks, be brave, work with others and develop a positive and realistic sense of their own self.

English

As a core subject of the curriculum, we invest considerable time in the teaching and learning of English in the Foundation level. The English curriculum comprises of Reading and Viewing, Writing and Speaking and Listening and their key concepts are delivered explicitly through clear ‘learning objectives’ and ‘success criteria’.

From the beginning we focus on letter recognition of the alphabet through songs, games and other practical activities.  When the students are secure in naming the letters, we move on to exploring the sounds they make through our THRASS program. THRASS provides a framework for the explicit teaching of  Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills.

Cued articulation is a set of hand cues for teaching the individual phonemes in a word and complements the THRASS program. The hand movements are logical in that each movement represents one sound and the cue gives clues as to how the mouth forms the sound.

Each student has the opportunity to take home five Home Readers per week. Texts are meant to be shared with a parent at home and will generally be within their reading ability, to promote a positive and relaxed experience, and build fluency.

The M100W words are the 100 most common words found in texts and stories. The words are compiled into short colour-coded lists which the students take home and learn. Research has shown that automatic recall of high-frequency words helps develop greater fluency, expression and comprehension when reading.

Writing

'Big Writing' is an approach to teaching writing and raising writing standards that focuses on;

  • The importance of talk and oral rehearsal
  • Accurate basic skills—spelling, punctuation, grammar, handwriting
  • Regular and meaningful assessment and target setting
  • High expectations for all pupils
  • Giving writing a purpose and making it fun!

Mathematics

At CHPS, we deliver a rich numeracy program, using a ‘hands on’ approach, with lots of supportive materials and games. All classes will start with a pre-assessment so teachers can find out what the students already know and what they need to learn. When we assess students, we look for a number of competencies, i.e. how they can apply their skills to a number of situations, explain their thinking and how they can ‘prove’ and convince somebody that their answer is right.

Our Mathematics program includes explicit instruction, followed by opportunities for students to work independently, practise and gain proficiency in newly learned skills. Students are encouraged to reflect on their understanding of each lesson’s learning objective and how they could progress further.

In addition to the regular Mathematics lessons students participate in 5 to 10 minute ‘Do-Daily’ activities, which focus on consolidating core skills and improve number fluency.

Science

 Throughout Foundation, our students investigate four key areas of Science:

· On the Move (Physical Science),

· Staying Alive (Biological Science),

· Weather in my World (Earth and Space

· What’s it Made of? (Chemical Science)

These four units provide the basic understandings of our scaffolded, whole school Science program. These sessions are delivered by the classroom teacher in weekly, one hour lessons.

Integrated Studies 

Integrated Studies comprises of units that incorporate strands of History, Geography and Health.

These units encourage students to investigate the world in relation to their own environment and personal experiences.

Play Is The Way - The Wilson McCaskill Behaviour Education Program

Chelsea Heights has adopted the “Play Is The Way” program from the belief that children with strong pro-social behaviour tend to lead more positive lives, have more meaningful relationships, enjoy better physical and mental health and do better at school. The program is a practical method for teaching social and emotional learning using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language.

Specialist Sessions
Our specialist program currently includes four subjects and all children attend Physical Education, Japanese, Performing Arts/Music and Art with specialist teachers once a week. The children participate for one hour in each of these subjects. These sessions help the children with co-ordination, confidence and allow them to develop their fine and gross motor skills. It also provides a variety of ways for them to express themselves, share creative positive experiences and increase their understanding of the importance of health and fitness. For additional information refer to the links for these Specialist areas. Specialist sessions are held in the “Green Learning Zone” situated on the corner of Thames Promenade and Wells Road.

Buddies
The Buddy Program at Chelsea heights Primary School aims to facilitate meaningful connections between students within the school. Foundation students are paired up with students in Level Five after meeting them informally on transition days. The purpose is to have students together who will be of benefit to each other.

Tours
Chelsea Heights would like to show you what we can offer you and your child as part of our Professional Learning Community. Please call to arrange a tour by contacting us on (03) 9772 4139.  Here is our Foundation Paren Handbook.

Videos

Shapes by Foundation B

 

Skip counting with Larni

 

Spelling with Anthony

 

MAB with Nathan

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