The Prep Team would like to welcome you and your family to our Footscray North Primary School community. We are looking forward to getting to know your child.


The Prep Team

Diana Polazzon (PLC Leader)-Prep A

Karen Meyers/Kylie Gilcrist-Prep B

Shanna De Brincat-Prep C

Lauren Vella-Prep D


At the beginning of Term One we will establish our classroom routines and outline the classroom expectations.

The students will be learning how to demonstrate ‘whole body’ listening. eg. using their eyes, ears, lips, hands and legs.

They will also learn about our school values-Respect, Responsibility, Excellence and Inclusion.


The Preps have settled in well and are now following the whole school timetable.

At this stage during recess and lunchtime, the Prep students will be playing in the area outside their classrooms (Area 1) and on the junior playground/sandpit (Area 2)

A reminder that Prep students are not required at school on Wed 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February.



In Literacy, the students will be immersed into poems and chants and simple repetitive texts. They will start borrowing books from the home reading collection every day. Students will also consolidate their knowledge of the letter names and their sounds and recognise rhymes, syllables and the sounds they can hear in words.


Students will identify the different parts of a book, learn to point to the words using a left to right sweep and be introduced to independent reading. We will introduce comprehension strategies such as making predictions, using our prior knowledge and visualising. We will also focus on decoding strategies to assist students when reading unfamiliar words including using initial sounds, recognising high frequency words in books and using the pictures to predict words.


In Writing the students will learn to write their name with correct upper case and lower case letters. They will create simple lists and write a simple sentence to explain the text or share an experience they have had. In Handwriting, they will work on using the correct pencil grip and correct letter formation.



In Mathematics, our focus is on the numbers 0 to 10. The students will be using concrete materials to build and develop their understanding of number. Students will explore the links between the number names, numerals and collections up to 10 and beyond. They will describe collections of objects as either ‘more’ or ‘less’.  Students will develop their understanding of time concepts such as the days of the week, months of the year, seasons and time intervals-morning, afternoon and evening. They will also learn about a location and use positional language such as besides, in front and behind.



Our integrated topic this term is ‘Belonging.’ Students will learn to identify the importance of self and develop an awareness of those around them. They will develop a sense of belonging to the classroom and the school community. Students will also understand the purpose of personal hygiene practices and the importance of being physically active.

Key Questions:


  • What are the routines within our classroom to keep us safe and healthy?
  • What are the rules within our school that keep us safe and healthy?
  • What are the ‘School Values’ and why are they important?



We will be commencing our homework program at the beginning of March. Homework tasks and the student’s school diary are due on a weekly basis and need to be handed in every Friday. The homework tasks are a revision of the concepts covered in class which students should be familiar with. Each activity should only take 5 minutes to complete and should be completed by your child. It is important that they ‘have-a-go’.


If there are any difficulties completing homework tasks, parents and students are encouraged to come and speak to their classroom teacher.

It is the expectation that all students read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night and bring their take home books to school each morning to change.


The first 10 spelling words will be introduced this term and will be incorporated into weekly homework tasks. Students will be tested on these words every Friday until the end of term.


We are looking forward to a great start this term and a very exciting and productive 2018.


Thank you for your support,


Prep Team


Diana Polazzon, Karen Meyers, Kylie Gilcrist, Shanna De Brincat and Lauren Vella