To teach English in Foundation at Great Ryrie the fundamentals of reading and writing are taught through the Jolly Phonics Program which is a synthetic phonics based program (synthetic phonics is a systematic way of introducing letters and sounds which can cumulatively be used to build words and sentences when reading and writing). Evidence shows this is the most effective way of teaching how to read and write.



In Foundation we teach maths through a hands on approach. Students use concrete materials such as unifix, linking cubes, lego, tens frame teddy trains and real life problems such as “how many people are in this carriage?” to explore mathematical concepts such as addition and subtraction. We often begin lessons with songs and videos related to the topic as a way of engaging the students. This tunes them in to what we are about to learn and helps with retaining information about new concepts such as skip counting by 2s.


Integrated Units

Each term we explore a different topic which is integrated throughout  our learning activities. These topics cover many areas of the Victorian Curriculum including history, geography and science. Our topics are:

  • All About Me
  • Let’s Be Friends
  • Animals Grow and Change
  • Once Upon a Time

An example of how the topic integrates different areas of the curriculum Animals grow and change covers geography, science, literacy and maths as we discuss habitat and location, life cycles and what animals need to grow and change. We record our information and explore the topics through a variety of craft and literacy activities.


Discovery Time

In Foundation at Great Ryrie we provide discovery time for students to have the opportunity to direct their own learning and choose activities of personal interest. During discovery time we provide a range of different resources for students to explore topics and develop a variety of skills which they are interested in. Discovery time is also a fantastic opportunity for social growth as many of the activities require skills such as sharing, compromise, turn taking and collaboration.