Icky Stick Bugs: Kindy Blue
We began Term Four by reading the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and viewing artworks created by the author Eric Carle. Inspired by his work we began using his technique to create our own works of art. We explored mixing the primary colours red, blue and yellow to discover new colours, then used scrapers, forks and bubble wrap to add texture to our work.
We then turned these paintings into pictures inspired by the illustrations we had seen in the story. We drew shapes then cut and pasted the shapes together to create caterpillars, suns, leaves, eggs and butterflies.
After observing our class silkworms close up using magnify glasses we had many questions, but the most common question was whether or not our silkworms would make a cocoon and turn into a butterfly just like the Hungry Caterpillar. The silkworms were indeed eating A LOT of mulberry leaves, almost as many leaves as the Hungry Caterpillar in the story!
Some children decided to investigate if all insects made cocoons. They made bug catchers at the collage table and searched outside to find insects.They then put them bug catchers and observed them in class. Unfortunately the insects escaped before we could find out if they made cocoons.
Other children decided to retell the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ using some props found in the reading corner. We recorded the recount using the iPad.
Delighted by the discoveries made when mixing primary colours, we decided to explore what happens when we mix different amouts of yellow and blue in water. The children were delighted by the many different shades of green they created and recorded their discoveries using the iPad.
Stay tuned for our next post where we discover what happens to our silkworms when they hatch out of their cocoons!
Term 4 Week 3 – 28th October 2018
ALL ABOUT SILKWORMS!
In Kindy Gold we have had a great start to Term 4!
We WELCOME a new family and student to our school community this term. Welcome to Jeanette, Paul and Rhian Paniani. Our whole class were so excited to finally meet Rhian! We are having so much fun with our new friend!
We have dived straight into our learning these first few weeks!
Our Religious Education “creepy crawlies” unit has led us to wonder at our almighty God who created all the wonderful and amazing little creatures! In our class we have been enjoying, observing, investigating and learning all about SILKWORMS and their lifecycles. We sure do know that they EAT so much! When we place the Mulberry leaves into their boxes we can actually HEAR them munching and crunching as they devour the leaves!
We have viewed a number of various videos about SILKWORMS. Here’s one we would like to share with you:
Together, we discussed and brainstormed QUESTIONS that we wanted to know the answers to, about silkworms. We wrote these up on sticky notes and are working our way through researching and finding out the answers!
We went for a walk to see our school Mulberry tree. We picked leaves to feed our silkworms and we picked mulberries to share during CRUNCH & SIP time! We are so delighted that the silkworms do not like to eat the mulberries…only the leaves! That means, we can enjoy the mulberries!
This ADVENTURE was great fun… linking real life to learning!
Our silkworms have now, almost all, created their cocoons and are in the metamorphosis stage. It was really interesting to view them spinning the silk to create their cocoons! We learnt about how people use SILK to make clothes. We are now awaiting their exit from their cocoons to see the silkworm moths!
We have created a FLORIST and APIARY dramatic play center to integrate our learning about INSECTS. We are learning so much about BEES and how they are SO important to humans! We have drawn our very own pictures of bees, remembering to include the important body parts of an insect: head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, two antennae and sometimes insects may have wings!
What a fabulous evening it was last night – thank you VERY much for your wonderful presence and good humour at our very first community COLOUR RUN!
A very special thank you to the P&F team for all their hard work and planning:
- Bec Richards
- Mel Lucente
- Alison McEniery
- Tiffany Gates
- and Nicole Grima
(Bec’s Mum was due to fly back to the UK the same night, so it was particularly generous of her to stay and make sure everything ran smoothly.)
A HUGE thank you to OUR SPECIAL PARENT HELPERS who assisted at the bbq and around the course – you were really wonderful!
A few unsung heroes are people like Alison McEniery who always does so much ‘behind the scenes’ – at all P&F functions.
Chris McEniery who always turns up to support his amazing wife and last night was no exception – he slaved away over a hot bbq to cook sausages all night long! Both Alison and Chris quietly and generously serve our community with little fuss or fanfare and as this is their daughter’s final year here at St Em’s, they will leave big shoes to fill 🙂
Paul Gates, Board member and St Em’s dad ,organised all our signs including the many colour splats around our school – from Discus Digital Printing – despite his very busy life – they all looked fabulous!
Glenn Cogger our groundsman, spent the better part of the day pruning, checking that all areas were safe for the run, marked out the track, set up all the bollards and bunting and stayed to pack everything away at the end of the night..
Anthony Bruyns, one of our Year 6 dads gave up much of his own time organising our sound for the evening and he did a fantastic job, amidst visiting his daughter in hospital after an appendix operation.
Mark Grima, one of our very talented parents, once again did an awesome job entertaining us all!
Mrs Gillian Norris, Mrs Rachael Visser and Miss Olivia Norris – our incredible Admin team, fielded phone calls, followed up queries, coordinated rosters, and so much more, ,always with a smile and a spring in their step – you are so special!
The BEE DELIGHTED Coffee Van provided a great service and are good friends of St Emilie’s.
Unfortunately, the HOLY CHIP FOOD TRUCK let us down and consequently this put our bbq helpers under a lot of pressure to provide extra meals that had not been accounted for.
We sincerely apologise to those who had to queue for their meal and we really thank those who were able to see how hard all our volunteers were working to solve the problem and waited so patiently and graciously.
From the smilies on children’s faces, much fun was had and many lovely memories were made!
To those who couldn’t make the night but dropped in a donation – you are simply wonderful!
And to those who had tickets to see Taylor Swift, but still zoomed around the course so your children didn’t miss the event – you too are absolutely awesome and we hope you managed to ‘shake it off’ and have a fabulous time there too!