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!
Term 3 Week 10 – 17th September 2018
Guest Presenter: Senior Constable Grima
It was so wonderful when, Oliver’s dad, Mr Mark Grima accepted our invitation to be a part of our class discussions relating to our Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum. On Wednesday 12th September, Senior Constable Grima visited the Kindy classes to discuss his role as a Policeman and how Police men and women work to keep us all safe.
The children enjoyed seeing Constable Grima in his work attire and offered so many amazing questions:
- Do police dogs have good smells? Do you have police dogs and horses? (Brady)
- Do you have a police leash for the dogs? (Leyton)
- Do the dogs swim? (Oliver)
- How many police dogs do you have? (Savannah)
- Do you have police cats? Do you have lots of trees around your office? (Emerson)
- What if a kid is in a shop and there are no policemen there? (Jorja)
- What is it like being a policeman? (Amy)
- Do you work in the city? (Amelia)
- What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? (Mrs Poinen)
Constable Grima, kindly brought along some pieces of uniform for the children to observe and try on! It was fun dressing up in real Police gear! He even gave the children some goodies to take home!
We learnt so much about Constable Grima’s work and we know that we can all upon Police in an emergency or for other kinds of assistance too! It was really interesting to hear that Mr Grima can stop and talk to people even when off duty, if he knows someone is not doing the right thing. It is great to know that Constable Grima is part of our community, working to keep everyone safe!
Thank you Constable Grima for sharing your time and expertise with our class! We loved having you visit.
Wishing all families a happy, restful and safe school holidays!
Term 3 – Week 8 – 2nd September 2018
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Thank you to all the wonderful fathers, uncles, grandfathers and one very special great grandfather that attended our Kindy Father’s Day morning celebration with the children on Friday 31st August, 2018.
The children were so excited to present their songs, crown you “KING” for the day and they were looking forward to playing and working with you too!
We hope you enjoy browsing through the photo gallery to see all the fun and special times that were shared by all!
The shaving station was a BIG hit! Thanks for being great sports!
There were lots of family members smelling fresh after their shave!
Term Three – Week 7 – 26th August 2018
BUSH TUCKER & BILLY TEA!
In Kindy Gold, as part of our science inquiry bush unit, we have integrated learning about the first Australians. We have enjoyed reading a number of stories that have taught us about the Aboriginal culture and traditions. We read, “How the Birds Got Their Colours” and discussed the meaning of this Dreamtime story. The children painted their own version of the birds of colour.
We read “My Family Likes Bush Tucker” and “Let’s Learn About Bush Tucker.” We discovered what “bush tucker” is and the different types of bush tucker enjoyed by the Aboriginies, such as, witchety grubs, emu, berries, goanna and barramundi. We read about the tools used, to hunt and gather bush tucker, made from natural resources found in the bush.
We discussed the Aboriginal flag, what it looks like and the meaning of it’s colours. The children painted handprints to reflect this.
Mrs Poinen bought a LEMON MYRTLE BUSH, which is a native to Australia. The lemon myrtle leaves (or alternatively, gum leaves) are used in the making of billy tea. When we first discussed this, not many children in the class knew what damper or billy tea was. So, we viewed an interesting series of photographs about how damper is traditionally made by the Aborigines and listened to an audiovisual where James Schultz describes how traditional bush damper is made.
Bush damper is cooked in the ashes of an open fire and tradtionally, the flour was made from SPINIFEX SEEDS. The ladies would go and collect the spinifex seeds from spinifex bushes and use a grinding stone to grind them and make the flour.
Mr Schultz cooks bush damper almost every day and feels it is important to keep the tradition of bush cooking alive. “The culture is 40-60 thousand years old scientifically, and we want it to keep going for another 40-60 thousand years so that’s why it’s very important to continue and teach our young, keep them informed,” says Mr Schultz.
Please use the link below to view the photographs and listen to the audiovisual interview with Mr Schultz:
We used Mr Schultz’s very recipe and adapted it slightly to re-create our own damper recipe!
Carefully following our recipe. We all washed our hands with soap before commencing our cooking!
Measuring quantities and pouring into the bowl to create our damper mixture.
We didn’t think Mrs Thuijs would approve of us building and cooking our damper on an open fire in the Kindy grounds…so we cooked our damper in the staff room oven instead!
Carefully picking the leaves needed from the Lemon Myrtle bush to add into our billy tea.
Whilst we sat around our “camp fire,” waiting ’til our billy boiled, together we learnt and sang, “WALTZING MATILDA.”
Finally, our bush tucker was ready! OH… our classroom smelt amazing from the freshly cooked damper straight out of the oven!
And…it was finished in no time! Most of the children asked for seconds! Luckily we cooked two batches!
We had a great time cooking damper and making billy tea!
We also enjoyed learning about our Australian heritage and the Aboriginal culture.
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!
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.
Term 3 – Week 3 – 28th July 2018
We’re Going on a Bush Hunt!
Prior to our “bush hunt”, we discussed what the bush looks like, feels like and sounds like. We then, agreed upon and created our own class “Code of Behaviour” for entering our bush lands. We were so excited to go on our “bush hunt!” We observed and explored the bush surroundings. We collected and examined, various leaf matter from the bush floor.
Stay tuned to find out more about our BUSH ADVENTURES!
We will be using the natural materials collected from the bush for counting and sorting within our MATHS investigations!
Week 1 – Term 3 – 16th July 2018
Welcome back to Kindy! We hope you have all had a wonderful break and everyone is refreshed and ready for some more fun and learning!
This term, we welcome Mrs Jennifer Morrison to our Kindy team.
Please read through our Programme Information for Term Three and note down important dates in your calendar.
We look forward to an exciting term ahead!
Term Two – Week 8
24th June 2018
The Kindergarten staff, children and parents enjoyed a fun and cosy morning at our PYJAMA day celebration on Wednesday 20th June 2018.
We all wore our pyjamas to school and shared breakfast together, with a variety of cereals, milk and warm milo. Yum!
The children were invited to bring along their favourite teddy for some cuddles and fun! We used our thinking and problem solving skills to place our teddies in height order from the TALLEST to the SHORTEST. Then we identified which teddy was the tallest, second tallest, third tallest, medium sized and the shortest. The children had to sort and move the teddies along to place theirs in the correct height order. What a fabulous job they all did!
We had a wonderful day together! Thank you to the parent helpers for assisting staff to prepare and serve the breakfast as well as washing up!
Your time and help is greatly appreciated!