Foundation (Prep)

At Syndal South Primary School, Foundation students join a supportive community where they begin to develop the fundamental knowledge, skills and behaviours which will prepare them to become successful learners. They are encouraged, nurtured and challenged as they socialise and engage in a broad range of activities.


The importance of creating life long learners equipped with the skills required to succeed is at the forefront of our teachings at Syndal South. This is why the love of learning and the learning itself are not left to chance and we follow research-based programs such as Letters and Sounds, VCOP, Daily 5 and CAFE.

The importance of a strong phonological awareness is paramount when learning to read, write and spell. At Syndal South Primary School we use the Letters and Sounds program, which is a systematic program used to teach the foundational skills needed to succeed in Literacy. Participating in a wide range of fun activities, making our sessions powerful and engaging, our Foundation students learn and understand the relationship between 44 phonemes of spoken English and the 26 letters of the alphabet.


Using the Daily 5 and CAFE model in our Reading sessions, students receive explicit instruction and a common language to maximise their understanding of four key components of successful reading; Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary. Along with these four components, our students are also explicitly taught and guided to build and maintain their stamina and independence when reading. This ensures they are equipped with all the skills needed to have a life-long successful relationship with reading.

VCOP is a school-wide writing program at Syndal South. VCOP, a writing program designed to make writing fun and challenging, sees that students are continuously given support and encouragement to improve their writing through ongoing teacher assessment and self-assessment. Not only do our Writing lessons focus on vocabulary (V), connectives (C), openers (O) and punctuation (P), but are structured to incorporate a range of writing skills. For example, a lesson may begin with whole-class speaking and listening, sharing ideas, building great vocabulary and learning how to use punctuation. The students will also apply their knowledge of Phonics in a variety of writing tasks.

When stepping into a Foundation classroom during Mathematics lessons, you will see all students engaged in interactive hands-on activities that develop their number sense, mathematical skills and strategies. Within each of the three content strands of the Victorian Curriculum - Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability - Foundation students engage with the content to develop proficiency in understanding, fluency, and problem-solving and reasoning. They wonder, question, communicate and investigate and end up graduating to Year 1 with a sound understanding of what makes a number, how to apply knowledge to solve mathematical problems and utilize their curiosity to learn more about the mathematical world they live in.