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!
Term Two – Week 7 – 16th June 2018
This week in Kindy we were lucky to have another special visitor in our class! Father Giovanni came to talk to the children about BAPTISM and ST EMILIE DE VIALAR, the patron saint of our school, in the lead up to St. Emilie’s Feast Day (17th June).
To celebrate St. Emilie’s Day, on Friday in Kindy, we learnt about the work that St. Emilie did throughout her life. We looked at some pictures of St. Emilie as she was growing up. We discussed the things that Emilie did to help others (like providing food and medicine to the poor) and how she listened to God’s calling. The children chose various mandalas to work on throughout the day, as part of our celebration. Together, we prayed the St. Emilie’s Prayer. We also listened to our school song, “Growing in Grace.” The children (and staff) LOVED this song. At the end of the day we played “Growing in Grace” again and this time, many children decided to get up, dance and move to the beautiful liturgical music.
We discussed with the children how this song was originally written, produced and sung by children from our school choir, many, many years ago. Did you know that the school staff at the time this song was written, were all asked to contribute one WORD that they felt represented St. Emilie’s? All of these words were incorporated into our school song! How special!
To watch the children enjoy and dance along to our school song was a lovely end to our class celebrations for St. Emilie’s day.
Here are a few of the other things we have been working on:
The Cat’s Pyjamas!
We read the texts, “The Cat’s Pyjamas” and “The Elephant’s Pyjama’s” and we worked on drawings of the cat from the text. We used basic shapes such as squares, circles, lines (like tall man, short man, over the gate), rectangles and triangles to create the cat. Then the children thought about and designed new pyjamas for their cat and drew these too! What great work!
10 Frame Number Play!
We have been playing with 10 frames, counters and numerals to match and count up to 10 and some of us are working towards numbers up to 20…that means, we have to use TWO 10 frames!
We have been working on an umbrella and water craft art piece for a couple of weeks now because this PROCESS ART takes TIME. One of the first steps, was to create our marbled paper, using shaving foam and beautiful watercolour paints. This step was so much fun! We are now up to tracing, cutting and gluing to piece the picture together!
Outdoor Fun & Social Skills!
We really enjoyed the sunshine this week and playing outdoors! Within our class we always talk about all the POSITIVE social skills that make a GOOD friend. We know that it is important to be kind to our friends, use kind words when speaking to each other, be HONEST and gentle in our play and interactions with one another. These, and many other social skills are what we are learning and practicing at Kindy everyday!
We are SO EXCITED about our Kindy PYJAMA DAY next Wednesday 20th June…don’t forget to wear your jammies and bring along your favourite teddy!
7th June 2018
Kindy Pyjama DAY Celebration!
Isn’t this just the perfect weather for wearing our pyjamas? We cannot wait to wear our PYJAMAS to school and share breakfast with our friends!
Parent Helpers….if you are on ROSTER for this day, we would LOVE to see you in your PYJAMAS too!
Please read the note for further details!