Foundation Transition

Foundation Transition Program



           Dorset Primary School

     Foundation Student 12 week

         Transition Program 2016

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

Term 3

Week 6 Thursday 18th August

Story and Activity Session

Week 7 Thursday 25th August

Technology Session


Week 8 Thursday 1st  September

Mathematics Session

Week 9 Thursday 8th   September

Perceptual Motor Program (P.M.P.)


Term 4

Week 1 Thursday 6th  October

Literacy Resources Centre (L.R.C.)


Week 2 Thursday 13th October

Performing Arts Session


Week 3 Thursday 20th  October



Week 4 Thursday 27th October 


Meet your Grade 5


Week 7 Thursday 17th  November

‘Our Beautiful Garden’


Week 8 Thursday 24th November


Week 9 Thursday 1st December

‘My Playground’ Visit


Week 10 Thursday 8th December

2:00 – 3:30pm

Christmas Party


Foundation Parent Information Sessions 2016


Term 4


Week 6 Tuesday the 8th of November

7:00pm - 8:00pm

2017 Foundation Information Session



Week 8 Monday 21st to Friday the 25th November

2017 Foundation Interviews




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
·         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.