First Steps Foundation
Nurturing your child’s first steps into their school life


First Steps Foundation overview
The foundation year is the first year of school for any student (previously known as prep). Boisdale will offer two streams of foundation a regular foundation class and a First Steps Foundation class. Children must turn 5 by the 30th of April the year they start school.

The alternative First Steps foundation program acts as a relevant entry point and gives students an opportunity to develop and mature in a supportive environment. It caters for a range of needs and covers all aspects of the foundation year curriculum through a combination of hands on child centred activities and teacher directed learning. The program will focus on school readiness and a base understanding of all whole school approaches to literacy and numeracy.

When will the program operate?
The program will begin in January 2018 and operate during regular school hours and integrate fully with all other whole-school programs and strategies including Music, LOTE, the Kitchen and Garden Programs, School Sports, excursions and incursions. The program will be located in the junior school building with the other junior classes.

Is my child suitable?

The program could be suitable for children who are:

  • On the younger side of the school age (January to April birthdays)
  • School age but developmentally suited to learning best through investigation
  • Likely to benefit from the flexibility of spending 2 years to complete the Foundation curriculum
  • Ready for 5 days a week of school but not yet ready for a traditionally structured classroom
  • Experiencing fine motor coordination difficulties
  • Experiencing delayed language development
  • Experiencing social and emotional behaviour difficulties

What is the learning philosophy behind the program?
It will:

  • Utilise “Walker Investigative Learning” philosophies Read More
  • Be guided by the Victorian Curriculum outcomes
  • Be dynamic and child-led
  • Offer opportunities to explore the areas of literacy and numeracy through a hands on approach
  • Provide teacher directed learning and activities at students levels
  • Have a strong emphasis on social and emotional development

What will my child learn?
Literacy and Numeracy focusses will be introduced to the students through hands on self-exploration and then further developed through teacher directed activities. The first steps curriculum will also follow all whole school approaches along with the rest of the school.

  • Teaching and Learning Plan Boisdale Consolidated School

Literacy whole school approach

  • THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills)
  • VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)
  • Reading: Daily 5 and Café approach

Numeracy whole school approach

  • Introduction to rotations
  • Problem solving and hands on approach
  • 4 Pillars of Maths: Understanding, Fluency, Reasoning, Problem Solving


What will happen at the end of 2019?

  • Students in the program, may progress to the Foundation class or Year 1, after their First Steps program. This will be dependent on their development and individual needs, as their foundation year unfolds. This will be a collaborative decision between families and staff.
  • This program will be unique in the Maffra and District catchment area therefore we will understand and support children to attend BCS for one year only if this best suits their needs.