We were so lucky to have the “Bees Neez” Apiarists visit Kindy for Science Week!
We learned how bee hives work and how Apiarists collect honey from their bees.
The taste testing was so yummy and we dressed in beekeepers suits!
Kindy has been a hive of activity with investigations into bees, their homes and habits, along with pollination and the importance of bees to our food production.
The Science Expo will see the fruits of our learning on show to share with our families! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Excitement filled the air when we dressed up as our favourite book characters last week. We celebrated Book Week with our Kindy Blue friends and our Year 3 Buddies. We enjoyed reading together, sharing and discussing our favourite characters and books. Time well spent!
More excitement followed, as the grand opening of our NEW Kindy Sensory Garden was unveiled. The children could not wait to explore their new environment! Many happy faces, creative games and valuable conversations have since been occurring in our beautiful play space. We are very lucky indeed!
Last Friday saw the conclusion of our Science Inquiry Topic and our class “mystery” was finally solved! The children had so much fun at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the bush! The honey joys we cooked were delicious too! We spent some time investigating the native flora in our bushland. We discovered native orchids, kangaroo paws and we admired the wattles. We snapped up a number of photographs and examined these further when we returned to class. What do you think of the native orchids?
In case you haven’t yet heard, our class supermarket is now closed for business and we welcome in its place our NEW Florist and Apiary. The florist has been buzzing with activity as the children prepared bouquets and baskets for a wedding in the dramatic play space this week!
If you so happen to notice the sweet scents and glowing skin of our Kindy Gold children, it’s because we made some beautiful homemade Honey & Oatmeal soaps! The experience was fun and interesting. We will share the process and products with you at our up and coming Science Expo!
Early in Term 1 we planted some vegetables in our kindy garden and our Beetroot has ripened and is ready to harvest! With the magic of kitchen chemistry we turned them into Chocolate and Beetroot muffins! YUMMY! A big thank you goes to Mr Cogger for building our fabulous nature play space which opened this week. It’s a great place to load up the trucks with gravel and have loads of fun! We have begun our investigation into Bees, Pollination and Food Production and we found some bees buzzing around the lavender in our new garden! This was very timely as we are drawing bees to learn about their body parts and habits. Nothing like the real thing! Things were a-buzz at kindy with the opening of “The Honey Pot Cafe”. Many satisfied customers enjoyed delicious honey based treats from the menu.The staff were very attentive when taking orders and managed the till very well! We had a fun time dressing up for Book Week and sharing our favourite books with our Year Three Buddies. Thank you to all the great efforts by our families to help put together our fantastic costumes! We have also been busy bees with Secret Children’s Business as Father’s Day draws near. Stay tuned for surprises!!!
Sensory play has many learning and developmental benefits, and is also great fun! Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory areas facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.
Here a couple of pics of the first half of our new sensory garden in the Kindy area. Glenn has done a really wonderful job creating this space (in between maintaining our school grounds) over the last number of weeks … his talent, skill and work ethic are helping to bring children and staff ideas to life! The next stage is to work towards creating a small mud pit and building a platform…:)
We are also hoping to get some shade sails over part of the area when the budget allows. A huge thank you to the Board and P&F for their ongoing support of these capital outlays that make a significant difference to the learning and well-being of our early years learners!
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We have been very fortunate in Kindy Gold to have received some tadpoles from one of our families. The children have demonstrated wonder, awe and curiosity, whilst exploring and learning about these little mysterious creatures. We have recently seen one of our tadpoles change into a frog! On our Apple TV we listened to and learnt a song called “The Tadpole Blues” by Peter Combe. Here is the link if you would like to hear this song:
We have been observing and examining our hyacinth bulb for a couple of months now and we have been rewarded for our patience, as it is finally blooming! It smells divine! It started its life with us as a single bulb, then we observed its growth with small roots spurting under the bulb. The roots slowly grew and entwined themselves around the bottom of the jar, creating an amazing underwater scene. Our anticipation of the next stage made us regular spectators of the jar. Then we observed the growth of a tiny green shoot. The shoot grew taller and taller and finally….the beautiful flowers blossomed. Through this simple experiment, the children learned about the root system of plants, parts of a plant, caring for living things and that living things including plants, require time and most importantly love to grow!
In maths we measured the length of our footprints and that of our mystery visitor’s footprint too! We discussed and compared whose print was longer and shorter. A number of children took the opportunity to explore colour patterns. We did some sorting, grouping, tallying and counting as we conducted a survey of the types and colours of hair of children in Kindy Gold. It was an interesting exercise as we physically moved around the room and grouped ourselves according to hair colour.
Did you know that we have a ‘lost Teddy’ in our classroom? The children decided to create a poster to see if others in our community could help to identify the Teddy bear’s owner. Together, we discussed and decided on what information would be best to include in the poster. With basic shapes as a guide, the children set about drawing the ‘lost teddy’ as accurately as they could, following the traits that were carefully described by the class. Some of the posters are up on our windows.
Do you know who this bear belongs to?
“Where Does It Come From?” Our conversations continue into where our food comes from and how it is grown and produced. This interactive game on our whiteboard, provides children with the opportunity to consolidate their learning by matching the corresponding food items to their original provider. For example, the producer may be a cow and the children have to determine which produce originates from this animal.
Last Friday afternoon, following our library session, we seized the moment and wandered across to the Pre-Primary bush area to enjoy the beauty and nature of the gorgeous yellow wattle tree. There was also another purpose for our visit. Amongst the wattle tree were some amazing and intricate little creatures, buzzing about busily. Yes, there were bees! We have begun our topic on bees and honey! The children soaked up the sunshine whilst observing the bees in action. We watched from a safe distance as the busy bees worked hard to collect their nectar and pollen. It was a good first hand experience that will provide a foundation for further learning on this topic throughout the term.
Check out our latest group project: Our ‘papier mache’ surprise object. It was so much messy fun as we began to layer it with newspaper and thick, squishy glue. What a great sensory activity! Can you guess what it is we are constructing?
We arrived at school on Monday morning to find some footprints and a huge Teddy Bear in our classroom! We decided to investigate this mystery by collecting evidence to answer our questions. We made hand and footprints from everyone at kindy. We found they did not match the mystery prints. The visitor was not a person! The next part of our investigation was to read a text about Australian Animal tracks. We found that none of these tracks matched the prints. We could rule out an Australian animal as the mystery visitor! Meanwhile we were taking good care of Teddy Bear. We decided to make LOST posters to see if anyone recognised Teddy as he would be missing his owner. Another source of information for us was the Web. So we went online to find out more about tracks made by other animals. We found the closest match were tracks of a bear! Things got very fluffy when we came to kindy one day to find fluffy stuff around the classroom! The mystery visitor had returned for another sticky beak! We studied the fluff under a computer microscope and with hand lenses. It seems that our visitor is fluffy! Mrs Fleming had put out some ingredients for cooking Honey Joys the next day. Someone helped themselves to the honey and left a sticky paw print behind! Our visitor likes to eat honey! The mystery was solved when we came to kindy and found that Teddy Bear was gone and a basket of letters was left for us! They were from a bear called Charlie! He had been visiting our classroom and had left his Teddy behind. Phew! Mystery solved! Our evidence had been on the right track!
What a wonderful and busy start to Term 3 ! National Science week’s theme this year is, “Science Feeding the World – The Future of our Food Supply.” In Kindy Gold we have begun our inquiry into where the original sources of our food come from. Our dramatic play space has been transformed into a supermarket so that the children are able to make real-life connections to their world, transferring their knowledge of how food ends up in a supermarket and is then purchased by consumers.
The children really enjoyed harvesting their home grown carrots from our class vegetable garden and were very excited to bake yummy carrot cake muffins. Everyone was very engaged in the task as we measured, weighed, whisked, poured, grated and stirred our way through the recipe! The verdict was quite simply unanimous…our carrot cakes were delightfully delicious!
We were fortunate to have Mrs Calvert visit our classroom to demonstrate how to make pure butter. The process was very interesting and not only did we produce our own butter, but also some butter milk, which Mrs Calvert used to make pikelets. We all were given the opportunity to taste the creamy, delicious butter on a pikelet and fresh bread. As one student took a bite, all he could say was, “WOW” and that sums it up!
Another special visitor came to our class this week…(but we’re not quite sure who) and left some muddy prints all over our table and floor! Together we collected evidence and are piecing together the clues to try and unravel this mystery…stay tuned to find out more!
We have had a roaringingly great time at Kindy for the start of term 3! Dinosaur land saw the meat and plant eating dinosaurs vying for supremacy! Scientific theories about dinosaur extinction were discussed and we made a volcano which actually erupted! Great excitement! The children enjoyed going back to texts and connecting them with our discussions and play centres. Our special interest investigation on Dinosaurs kept our kindy Palaeontologists very busy as they brushed and chipped away at the Dinosaur fossils!
We incorporated our special interest in Dinosaurs into a maths game. The players had to roll the dice and select the corresponding shapes to build a Dinosaur! ROAR!