Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. We wore national costumes or the colour orange to show our support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.
In Kindy we have been singing, chanting and learning various different nursery rhymes. The children have been given the opportunity to interact, play and act out some of their favourite rhymes at our nursery rhyme learning stations.
The benefits of teaching and singing nursery rhymes with your child are endless. Nursery rhymes help to further develop young children’s phonemic awareness, helps build memory and articulation, improves their listening skills and understandings of new concepts and can often be the trigger for hours of creative and open-ended play.
“Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”
Mem Fox, Reading Magic.
Rhymes are fantastic vocabulary boosters as they expose children to new and unfamiliar vocabulary not usually found in everyday spoken language. The repetitive nature and rhythmic patterns found in most nursery rhymes make them easy for young children to remember and repeat themselves during their own play scenarios.
Counting rhymes and songs, such as ‘Five Little Ducks’, ‘1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive’, ‘Ten Grey Elephants’ and ‘Ten Fat Sausages’ help to further develop student’s numeracy knowledge and understandings in a way that is fun and interesting to a young child. Through singing their favourite rhymes, children can practice their ability to count forwards and backwards and begin to understand early addition and subtraction skills.
There are a range of planned indoor and outdoor activity areas where children can discover, imagine, create and learn through play.Play gives children opportunities to be creative, develop their imagination, practise skills, communicate with others, take on challenges and solve problems in fun and enjoyable ways.In the Kindy year we develop the building blocks for early literacy and numeracy and important social and emotional skills.
Kindy is a great place to belong to! 🙂
This term we are very busy learning about everyday materials. We’ve got straight into our ‘hands on’ learning with some interesting investigations across the year levels.
The Year One students are learning about everyday objects – what they are made of and their properties eg is the material shiny, dull, rough, smooth, heavy or light?
The Year Three students investigated whether ice melts quicker on a plastic tray or a metal tray.
The Year Four students investigated the materials used to make bags.
Mrs Cogger is very excited to announce that the Science department now has a set of lab coats. This means that the ‘focus faction’ for each term has first priority to choose a lab coat if they wish.
This week in Year 2 Gold we have been learning about persuasive writing. We have enjoyed coming up with convincing reasons about why children should learn to swim, why cats are better than dogs and why it is wrong to step on ants. We have also been practicing our story map, ask your child to perform it to you, they are very convincing and great actors/actresses.
In Religion we have been learning about Lent. We discussed our Lenten promises and made them to Jesus. Come and check them out in our window.
What a super busy and fun first week in Pre Primary we have all had! We have really enjoyed making new friends and playing on the big playground! Don’t be surprised if we are a bit tired this weekend from all the investigating, dancing, creating, and exploring we have been up to!
Now that we are in PP, it is important that we continue to build up our independence. Please support us with this by allowing us to carry our own school bag as it is very important for a number of reasons! It helps us to strengthen our core muscles which supports us to create good posture, sit upright on the mat, focus on learning and engage in physical activity. It also helps children know that you believe in them and in their ability to do things for themselves, which builds resilience and self belief.
There are many ways at home you can help us to become independent learners, such as getting us to help you with jobs like setting the table, hanging the washing, allowing us to dress ourselves (we are big enough to do this on our own now!), letting us make our own bed, brush our teeth and pack away our toys! The more opportunities you allow your child to do for themselves the better as it builds confidence, independence and wellbeing.
Here are some pictures of us getting busy!
We are excited for another week of PP! Check out our blog next week to see what we have been up to!
Bye for now, love to PPG & PPB!
Please see the below link with the Pre Primary Parent Information Booklet for 2021. This booklet outlines important information about your child’s learning journey in Pre Primary.
We are very excited to meet you and your child when it is safe to return to school. Keep safe and take care!
From the Pre Primary Teachers
Miss B and Mrs H