Foundation 2017 Presentation

The Benefits of a Learning Community


A Learning community ensures that individual children’s needs are being met more effectively.


Two heads are better than one, two pairs of eyes observe more than one and we share wisdom and resources.


The children have access to two professionals who know them and care about them.


Socialising with others is maximised and organisational skills are expected of all our students.

Working as a Community


As a community we have worked together to establish a happy and safe classroom! We have spoken about feelings and our emotions and what actions and events can cause us to feel this way.

What Learning looks like in Foundation/ Our Developmental Curriculum

  • Engages children in exciting and authentic learning experiences that reflect the particular needs, interests and strengths of the individual child.
  • Ensures a greater level of engagement for all and reduces behavioural issues within the classroom.
  • Helps to increase rich oral language for all children and to integrate literacy and numeracy into all learning experiences.
  • Emphasises that learning is much broader and richer than just literacy and numeracy
  • Physical Environment has Investigation Areas- Sensory, Collage, Writing, Dramatic play, Construction and Reading corner.
  • At the beginning of each Investigation time there are 3 focus children, a reporter and a photographer selected. (Changes daily)
  • Share time is at the end of Investigations.


Daily Session


  • Tuning In – Time when learning of the day is made explicit to children.
  • Investigations – 3 focus children chosen each day.
  • Reporter records what other children are doing.
  • Reflection – Focus children and reporter report back to group.


St Elizabeth’s Whole School Approach to Discipline


Students at St Elizabeth’s are introduced to our whole school approach to discipline as soon as they step foot in the door in their first year of schooling. Students are aware that there are CONSEQUENCES for their actions, rather than punishments and ENCOURAGEMENT is what moves them forward in their learning, rather than rewards.


Targeted Behaviours:

The three targeted behaviours in classrooms from F-6 are:

  • Respect for myself
  • Respect for others
  • Respect for our environment/ resources



If a child chooses to engage in any of these behaviours the following procedure is put into place:


Warning - children are given a verbal warning to be made aware of what they have chosen to do and will be asked to stop that behaviour.


First Time Out – if the child continues to engage in the behaviour they are asked to spend 5 minutes in a “Time Out” area in the classroom.  This time is for the child to think about the choice he/she has made and how it affects their own learning and their peer’s learning.


Second Time Out - If a child engages in any of these behaviours again, they are asked to spend 10 minutes in a “Time Out” area in the classroom. This time is to think about their impact on others around them.


Third Time Out - Lastly, if a child engages in a behaviour again, they are asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of that period and spend some time at the office. Here, they work restoratively with the wellbeing coordinator to begin a clean slate before returning to their classroom.


We would encourage you to discuss the positive events in your child’s day rather than asking about any timeouts. If there is a significant issue or your child is consistently going to time out, we will arrange a time to meet with you to discuss how we can help support them.



Foundation Newsletters


Our Level Newsletter will be available at the beginning of each term. It will include important dates and an overview of the curriculum we will be covering that term. It is important to read this as it will include all relevant information for your child.

Organisation for your child


We are encouraging the children to unpack their own bags and organise their lunches and hats to be placed in the classroom.

Could we please ask you to double check that you have labelled all of your child's belongings to ensure that they can be returned if they are misplaced.


In Foundation, we use a Diary and a Blue Communication Bag. The blue bag and diary are very important and need to come to school every day! The bag will be used to carry home notices, school work, readers, list words and diaries. This bag will be used by your child from Foundation to Grade 6. The diary will be used to record your child’s nightly readers and any notes to be communicated between home and school.


All children are encouraged to wear full school uniform. There is one for Summer (Terms 1 & 4) and one for Winter (Terms 2 & 3). School hats must be worn to and from school in Terms 1 and 4.





  • Students are expected to read to or with a parent or guardian for a minimum of ten minutes each weeknight.
  • After reading, please encourage your child to discuss the story, and question them on the characters and events to ensure they have understood what they have read.
  • Please note: the nightly reading should be a text that your child can read independently to encourage their enjoyment of reading. If your child is tired, share the reading with them.
  • In the diary, parents or children where possible are to write the title of the book and have it signed.
  • This must be sighted by the class teacher EVERY Friday.


Children will be given a booklet of MIOOW (200 most used words) to learn. They will work through these words during the whole year. We will provide some more information when we provide the children with the booklets.



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Important Days in Foundation


All children will have P.M.P lessons every Tuesday therefore they will need to wear their runners to school.  


All children will have P.E lessons every Wednesdays therefore they will need to wear their runners to school.  



Footsteps is a dance program we have in Term 1 for 5 weeks on a Monday. Children are encouraged to wear their runners to these sessions.


Library Borrowing


FNS- will have library borrowing on Mondays.


FJC- will have library borrowing on Tuesdays.


If your child has not already brought their library bag to school could we please ask you to bring it in asap.



Food in our Learning Community




Throughout the day there are two allocated eating times. We ask you to provide 2 mini lunches.


Children are more than welcome to have small treats but we do encourage them to eat their sandwiches and healthy food first.


We encourage the children to bring Nude Food (food without wrappers) to school in their lunchbox. All wrappers will be placed in lunchboxes to be taken home.




We do have children in our community and our school that are severely allergic to nuts. We ask you not to pack products that have nuts in them.



Eating Times


At our school we have two eating times.


10:55 -11:05


1:35 – 1:45


Children in Foundation get much longer than 10 minutes to eat.

If your child usually takes a long time to eat at home it is important for you to start working with them to eat within a reasonable timeframe. Using a timer is a great strategy.


Also, talk to your children about what needs to be finished in their lunchbox and what they can leave. If you are having difficulty please come and talk to us.



Classroom Cuisine/ Subway


Classroom Cuisine lunches can be ordered online through Tiqbiz. Subway lunch days are on Fridays. Orders need to be in by Thursday morning. Order forms can be collected from the office.




If your child would like to bring something in to share with the class on their birthday, this is Ok. We would encourage things such as small cupcakes, small lolly bags, healthy party packs or small items that are easily distributed and eaten.


Students give out their shared treats to their classmates, who take it home in their lunch boxes/ school bags. This helps families where food allergies are a problem.