The Kindy classes have been learning about Bees and discovering how they make honey. The learning journey has helped the children make sense of the world around them, fostered an interest for learning about Science and promoted respect for God’s creatures and living things.
The children have been curious about how bees make honey, how bees make beehives and how honey is collected from beehives. Their experiences have been extended by making a class beehive and investigating honey products. We have looked at the design of honeycomb from a beehive and the children enjoyed tasting, smelling and touching honey.
We loved making ‘Honey Joys’ for our Teddy Bears Picnic, they were delicious!
The children were inspired by the learning experience to respect their living environment. Through discovering the journey of the honey bee, they are learning to use information and communication technologies to investigate ideas and gaining an interest and appreciation in learning about Science.
Last week the Kindy children met their Year 3 Buddy class. Buddy time provides valuable opportunities for older children to interact and play alongside younger children and it allows them to learn from each other.
The Year 3 Buddies came to the Library with the Kindy children and helped them to learn and become familiar with the library procedures and showed them how to select a library book.
Mixed-age grouping has great potential to support children’s social and emotional learning. Older children are given an opportunity to take on leadership roles and support the younger children, while at the same time building their own self-confidence and self-esteem. The Kindy children enjoyed showing their Year 3 Buddies the Pre Primary playground and exploring the early childhood bush space.
We had a fun afternoon together!
Just a reminder to all families, that our Year 6 Environmental Committee offer the following recycling services to our school community.
Greenbatch Foundation partners with schools allowing students to collect their old PET plastic bottles through recycling, providing PET which is used in research and development for 3D printer filament. By recycling through Greenbatch we can save plastic from entering landfills, oceans and waste incinerators.
As from Term 3, our green and purple Greenbatch bins will return to the undercover area on Wednesday mornings. You are very welcome and encouraged to bring in your HDPE 2 and PET 1 plastics. PET plastic is the type found in drink bottles and food packaging such as strawberry punnets or peanut butter jars, and has the number 1 inside the recycling symbol.
We will also continue to offer our battery collection. The yellow battery bin will be placed out in the undercover area on Wednesday morning along with the Greenbatch bins. Please bring along your unwanted batteries and place them in the bin. Once the bin is 3/4 full we contact the City of Gosnells and the batteries are taken away for recycling.
If you bring your batteries or plastics to school on any other day you will find yellow battery bin in the undercover area and the purple Greenbatch bins parked up by Learning Hub.
Thank you for your continuing support and to our students for their efforts at contributing towards the health of the planet by conducting these recycling projects.
In Kindy we build on this understanding by drawing attention to positive peer behaviours as they occur naturally throughout the day.
One way we acknowledge positive behaviours is through the use of the ‘Super Friend’ social story and awarding ‘Super Friend Certificates’.
This helps children learn what good friendship skills are, and assists them to start to use them naturally as they play and interact with their peers.In the Kindy year children become more interested in other children, but they don’t always have the skills that they need to make and maintain friendships or engage in sustained cooperative play.
It is important at home and at school to provide ongoing support to help children learn and practice important social skills.
Role play is an integral part of the developmental learning process, it allows children to develop skills such as abstract thinking and social skills in a natural manner.
Dramatic play is the type of play where children accept and assign roles, and act them out. It is when they pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, and dramatise situations and actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play.
Social/Emotional Development – When children come together in a dramatic play experience, they have to agree on a topic, negotiate roles, and cooperate to bring it all together.
Physical Development – Dramatic play helps children develop both gross and fine motor skills eg dressing a doll, doing up buttons…
Cognitive Development – When children are involved in make-believe play, they make use of pictures they have created in their minds to recreate past experiences, which is a form of abstract thinking. Setting a table for a meal, counting out change as a cashier… By adding props – road signs, food boxes and cans, paper and pencils to the materials included in the area, we help children develop their numeracy and literacy skills. When children come together in this form of play, they learn how to share ideas, and solve problems together.
Language Development – In order to work together in a dramatic play situation, children learn to use language to explain what they are doing. They learn to ask and answer questions and the words they use fit whatever role they are playing. Personal vocabularies grow as they begin to use new words appropriately.
Dramatic play engages children in both life and learning. It builds their understanding of the world they live in, and develops the personal skills that will help them meet with success throughout their lives.