Foundation Transition

Foundation Transition Program


 

 

           Dorset Primary School

     Foundation Student 12 week

         Transition Program 2018


Foundation Transition Table 2018


All sessions begin at 2:20 pm and end at 3:20 pm



Story and Activity Session

Week 7 Thursday 30th
August.   

Welcome to Dorset Primary School!
Children are invited to join the Foundation teachers for a story and activity in the Foundation classrooms.

Technology Session

Week 8 Thursday
6th September
Come and explore some of the fantastic computer and iPad resources we have for learning in our classrooms.|

Mathematics Session

Week 9 Thursday 13th
September

Counting is fun! Enjoy some mathematics games and activities with the Foundation teachers in the Foundation classrooms.

Perceptual Motor and Program (P.M.P)

Week 10 Thursday
20th September

Children are invited to join the Physical Education Teacher in a PMP session.
The children will be introduced to the program and are able to enjoy a variety of activities that enhance their co-ordination and motor skills.

 


Term 4

 

Literacy Resources Centre (L.R.C)


Week 1 Thursday 11th
October.

Come and share a story with us! Children are invited to join the Foundation teachers for a story and activity in the Foundation classrooms.

Performing Arts Session

Week 2 Thursday
18th October.

Let’s make some music! Children will be introduced to the Performing Arts program where they can join in singing and movements activities.

Italian

Week 3 Thursday
25th October.

Ciao! Meet our Italian Teacher, Signore Ricci. He will introduce you to some of the words and songs you will learn in our wonderful LOTE program.

 

Meet your Grade 5 ‘Buddies’

Week 4 Thursday 1st
November

Our Foundation/Buddy Program is well organised and very special to the children. The children will work on an activity with a Grade 4 student who may become their buddy in 2019. Permanent buddies will not be chosen until Term 1 2019.


Transition will not run in Week 5


Our Beautiful Garden


Week 6 Thursday
15th November

We are sustainable school and our vegetable garden is continuously growing.
The children will be joined by Jane, the Kitchen/Garden co-ordinator, to discuss our garden and have fun planting some new seedlings. The school hens will join the children as they plant!

Cooking

Week 7
22nd November
The children are invited to join the Foundation teachers in various Development Play Activities. They will also venture to the playground where Foundation children have their own special area to explore.

‘My Playground’ Visit

Week 8 Thursday
29th November
The children are invited to join the Foundation teachers in various Development Play Activities. They will also venture to the playground where Foundation children have their own special area to explore.

Christmas Party

Week 9
6th December
2:00 – 3:30pm
Children are parents are invited to join the teachers in a fun filled and exciting session full of Christmas activities and cheer. Our parental and community involvement is essential and makes this session a great success.

 

Foundation Parent Information Sessions 2019
Term 2

2019 School Readiness Evening

Week 6 Thursday 17th
May
7:00pm – 8:00pm


Enrolled and interested parents are invited to an Informational Evening about Foundation at Dorset in 2019. You will be provided with specific information about routines at Dorset and things to expect and to prepare for in the coming year. The Foundation teachers will be available for questions.

Term 4
2019 Foundation Information Session

Week 5 Thursday 8th
November
7:00pm – 8:00pm


Enrolled and interested parents are invited to an Informational Evening about Foundation at Dorset in 2019. You will be provided with specific information about routines at Dorset and things to expect and to prepare for in the coming year. The Foundation teachers will be available for questions.

2019 Foundation Interviews

Week7 Monday 19th
to Friday the 23rd
November


Parents of children beginning Foundation at Dorset in 2019 will have an interview with the 2019 Foundation teachers. These interviews will be used as a guide when forming our 2019 Foundation grades. The information you provide give us better understanding as to how we can support your child during their start to school. 


 

 

 
 

For any enquiries please call 9725 5038

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 12 Week Transition
 
Our 12 Week Foundation Transition Program was developed to provide a comprehensive and purposeful transition experience for enrolled children and prospective enrolments.
It allows children sufficient experience to familiarise themselves with the Foundation teachers and school environment, and the majority of school specialist programs. Our Transition program also allows Foundation teachers valuable observation and planning time to cater for the needs the individuals who are starting school in the year ahead.
 
Children have the opportunity to become familiar with the Primary school setting, and parents have the opportunity to view the dedication and experience of our teachers over a sustained period of time.
 
Our commitment to broadening our general transition program to incorporate visits tp local kindergartens and child care centres has resulted in a greater awareness of the quality of our school programs, and created purposeful links with local educational settings. We liaise closely with Kindergarten teachers and child care centre directors to construct experiences that suits the needs of their children.
 
To complement our Transition program we hold a Readiness for School Information evening (Term 2), and an Information Evening for enrolled children and their parents (Term 4).
 
Below is a summary of topics and information discussed at the Readiness Evenings.
 
 
Readiness For School
 
Physical
·         Encourage independence – dressing, eating.
·         Teach your child to identify belongings, especially their name on belongings (all uniforms are the same).
·         Practise runs before school – procedure in the mornings, time of day we eat, finish school, and discuss length of day.
·         Don’t rush your child in the morning; allow plenty of time to get organised
·         Establish good routines well before school starts.
·         Visit the school grounds during holidays and discuss layout – oval, toilets, car park etc.
 
·         Social
·         Encourage social skills, playing nicely with other children, sharing, and taking turns, speaking to adults and children.
·         Invite friends over for a play without parents and let them reciprocate – leave your child in the care of others.
·         Maintain friendships with friends not going to school with them.
 
·         Emotional
·         Encourage independence – dealing with minor problems themselves, speaking and thinking about their feelings.
·         Always speak positively about school in front of your child, never use it as a threat or let your child think you will be sad to have them start school.
 
·         Academic
·         Don’t worry if your child is not reading and writing before they start – that is our job to teach them.
·         Please teach them to enjoy books by reading to them often, to mix with other children, play counting and other games and to speak clearly and confidently to other people.
 
These are the basic skills they need.
 
 
Life in the Early Years of School
 
·         The purpose of primary school is to give your child a foundation of knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviour and values necessary for further learning.  In Victorian government schools there is a particularly strong emphasis on students achieving high standards in literacy and numeracy.  At the same time, children are encouraged to be confident and excited about learning and life.
 
·         The early years classroom is an exciting and stimulating place where your child will be challenged and supported.  As part of the whole class, your child will read books, and learn how to write well and solve mathematical problems with the teacher. Children are encouraged to make sense of the world around them through real-life experiences.
 
·         Classrooms are child-friendly places, with colourful displays of children’s work, learning materials and books, computers, construction materials and art supplies – all of which children find inviting and stimulating.
 
·         Teachers are skilled at observing children during the normal school day activities.  Teachers also ask children to perform certain tasks so they can assess their development, particularly in literacy and numeracy. Children are assessed in a range of tasks that are more like fun and games activities than ‘tests’.
 
·         Government primary schools are places where teachers aim to create a safe and happy environment where children are valued, praised, and encouraged to ‘have a go’.
 
·         Children usually attend their closest neighbourhood school. However, you may be able to select another school for your child if there is space available. You will need to speak with the principal of the school you want your child to attend.
 
·         It is good to start making contact with schools early, to give you time to visit a number of different schools. Principals, or other staff members at government schools, are more than happy to meet with parents, and can provide tours, classroom visits and publications containing important information about the school and its policies.
 
·         Government schools are supported by a strong and solid system, so you can be confident that state-wide standards in education are maintained. At the same time, each school is given the flexibility to tailor its programs to meet the individual needs of students and their local community.