Foundation Year Unit of Work
Introductory Information for Teacher’s

Please read these notes in conjunction with the Teacher Background Information notes.

Contents

Foundation Year Unit of Work
Introductory Information for Teacher’s

1. Organisation and focus
2. Links to Learning Outcomes and Australian Curriculum
3. Glossary of words
4. Guest Speaker Program
5. BIG BOOK on Asperger’s

Appendices

Appendix 1: Key concepts and learning outcomes of the Everyone Everyday program: Foundation year
Appendix 2: Links to the Australian Curriculum

Lessons

Lesson 1: Feelings
Lesson 2: Being me, being you
Lesson 3: Ways we communicate (Part 1)
Lesson 4: Ways we communicate (Part 1)
Lesson 5: Friendship


1. Organisation and focus

The Everyone Everyday resource includes learning activities that are designed to develop positive attitudes and core values in the school community relating to inclusion and valuing difference. Students in Foundation year will participate in learning experiences that develop knowledge and understanding in four key theme areas. The focus is not on disability, just similarities and differences in general.

  1. Feelings.
  2. Being me, being you.
  3. Ways we communicate.
  4. Friendship.

See appendix 1 for table of key concepts and learning outcomes for each theme.

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2. Links to Learning Outcomes and Australian Curriculum

Each lesson plan identifies links to:

  • the learning outcomes for the lessons, and
  • the Australian Curriculum. See appendix 2.

The lessons contain many assessable moments that will provide information about student achievement. Ongoing assessment will provide evidence of the extent to which students achieve the learning outcomes for the lesson, and how they are progressing towards meeting the requirements of the identified Australian Curriculum links. Assessable moments are linked to learning outcomes and are identified by the following icon:

Assessable Outcome Tick

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3. Glossary of words

A glossary of words is provided that can be used in your literacy program.

Ability
  • The fact of being able to do something – ability to do something.
  • The level of skill someone has in a particular activity.
Community
  • A group of people who live, work and play in the same area.
Communication
  • Communication occurs when a message is sent and received. There are many ways we can communicate our thoughts and feelings - eg through speech, writing, signs, body gestures, facial expressions, music, colour, pictures,sign language.
Environment
  • What is surrounding you and impacting on your thoughts and feelings – both physically and socially.
Inclusion
  • To ensure that each individual has every opportunity to participate in community life, and to be valued for his or her uniqueness and abilities.
Opportunity
  • Being able to participate in community life by removing barriers and making it easy to join in or have a go.

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4. Guest Speaker Program

Inviting a guest speaker with a disability is highly encouraged and is a valuable strategy that will help students engage with the program. This will enhance student learning and will highlight the abilities and individuality which is a critical factor in promoting positive attitudes towards people with disability. This is especially beneficial for those students who have had little or no prior contact with people with disability.

The best time to engage a guest speaker is at the beginning of the program (in the first 2 weeks). It is strongly encouraged to source a guest speaker from the local community where possible.

See appendix 2 in the teacher background information notes for protocol when inviting a guest speaker.

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5. BIG BOOK on Asperger’s

Amanda Curtis has written a book called ‘My Friend Has Asperger’s’ that helps all children understand what Asperger’s actually means. This innovative children’s book has been written especially for junior school students (Foundation - Grade 2) in simple language describing and explaining why their friend with Asperger’s behaves the way they do. Go to the following website for more information. Details at http://www.disclosingaspergers.com/External Link

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