Week 5 – 11th August 2018
Through PLAY with pattern blocks and picture cards, we have been learning more about shapes, especially the HEXAGON, RHOMBUS and TRAPEZOID! Gathering inspiration from the artworks of Wassily Kandinsky, we drew and painted a series of CIRCLES. We had to draw 4 different sized circles – LARGE, MEDIUM, SMALL and EXTRA SMALL! Carefully cutting out and piecing together the circles, we created some beautiful flowers which will form part of our collaborative MATHS art piece for OPEN NIGHT. Be sure to come along to Open Night to view our final product! MEASUREMENT
We are learning to measure WEIGHT using scales. Here is some of the VOCABULARY we have been using: HEAVY, HEAVIER, HEAVIEST – LIGHT, LIGHTER, LIGHTEST – EQUAL, BALANCE. We discussed how we may use scales in the supermarket when we go shopping to weigh our fruit and vegetables. So, mum and dad…next time you are in the supermarket with your child, ask them to weigh your fruit and veggies on the scales!
During our “morning work” stations and maths groups we have been practicing various aspects of number, counting and pattern skills.
SUBITISING is another important maths skill that we are working on in Kindy!
SORTING & CLASSIFYING
We collected a number of natural resources from our BUSH adventures and we used these materials to conduct our maths investigation. We learnt how to group and sort the resources according to similar attributes. The numbers on our board were not in any kind of order, to begin with. We placed like materials together in each group on the board and we all decided which groups should be classed accordingly and why. We then placed the numerals into the correct counting order and finally we decided to place some of the materials in height order from TALLEST to SHORTEST in size.
Linking in with our Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum, we have been learning about our bodies and differences in our bodies – we are all unique and all different! We created handprints to show how every print is different and no-one has the same print. We then explored the differences in eye colour of people within our class and decided to create a SIMPLE GRAPH to represent this information. It was really interesting and some of us had to check in the mirror to confirm our eye colour!
We discovered that MOST people (22 friends) in Kindy Gold have beautiful dark brown eyes!
MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!
Our SUPERMARKET has been a big hit this term! We have had many eager customers visit and shop here! Our dramatic play area provides children with a variety of LITERACY and NUMERACY learning opportunities – they are LEARNING while they PLAY! Many children have shown interest in WRITING out their shopping lists, copying words from lists made available in the play space and “reading” catalogues and shopping brochures within our market place. The children are being exposed to Australian currency (coins and notes) while making exchanges with one another through their shopping experiences. We are also focusing on learning Australian notes through our daily transition activities.