In the Foundation Learning Space, we use use a guided and structured approach to play-based learning, to develop students’ oral language, social skills and creativity. At times, we may transform spaces in our room into a shop, a rocket ship, a dinosaur safari, or the beach, to encourage our students to explore their ideas and foster their imagination. We use these experiences to develop social skills, and as a basis for other learning experiences during the day.
We introduce reading and writing, with a strong focus on systematic phonics to develop students’ fundamental language skills. We support students to develop both their independence and their ability to collaborate with others, through guided play and modelling appropriate social interactions. We encourage them to ‘have a go’ at difficult tasks, and celebrate their persistence and success. We encourage their natural curiosity and desire to learn, by planning inquiries related to their interests.
We implement a regular oral language development program with our Prep students, to help develop their understanding and use of spoken English, and to extend their oral communication skills. This may include activities such as singing songs, developing rhymes, sharing social stories and undertaking activities that assist with their phonological understanding.