Term 4 – Week 7 – 20th November 2020
ALWAYS WAS. ALWAYS WILL BE.
Last week was NAIDOC WEEK! A special time to recognise and celebrate Australia’s First Nations People. In Pre-Primary we continue our discussions and learning journey about the First Australians and the sacred land that we walk on here – Whadjuk Noongar land. This year’s NAIDOC WEEK theme acknowledges that our First Nations People have lived and cared for this continent for over 65, 000 years. The footprints of this land, Australia, were that of our First Nations People.
We read some big books about Australian bush and sea animals. We discussed the meaning of the word “billabong” and we examined the illustrations, taking into account the patterns created and earthy colours used in the artworks. We talked about common themes in traditional indigenous artworks. The children chose an Australian animal from our text and composed their own artwork. We also used earth coloured tones when we painted our drawings. We have been learning about Fiction and Non-Fiction texts and how to distinguish between them, so the children are now writing a short factual account about their chosen Australian animal – this will accompany their final art work.
As parents and educators, we all have such an important role in promoting reconciliation and teaching our young children to respect, value and learn from our First Nations People. This is important to build cultural competence, promote tolerance, inclusivity of all people and their cultures as well as to teach the true history of Australia.
The following video is for parents to view. Sheila Humphries tells her story:
The Pre-Primary children are so good at their writing now! We are very proud of how far they have come with their development. During NAIDOC WEEK the children examined the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander flags. They wrote about what the symbols and colours on the flags mean.
Keep raising awareness, building knowledge and making positive connections!
Love from Miss Bombardieri, Mrs Poinen & all the PP’s!
It has been another great week in Pre Primary. We are constantly on the go with new learning opportunities!
The Water Corporation
This week we had a special visit from the Water Corporation to teach us some good habits we can create to save water.
We played a fun game where we looked at a picture with different ‘bad water-saving habits’ and we had to replace the ‘bad habits’ with ‘good water-saving habits.
Here are some of the helpful tips we learnt:
“Wash your car on the grass.”
“Report any leaks.”
“Use the small flush on the toilet when you can.”
“Don’t leave the tap running when you brush your teeth.”
“Have a 4-minute shower only.”
“Only put the dishwasher or washing machine on when it is full.”
We love our beautiful world and love learning about ways to care for it. Here are some pictures of us!
We then got busy creating our own artwork to display how we can save water in our own homes.
Mrs Wishy Washy
This week we have been focusing on our story retelling skills. We have been looking at the story ‘Mrs Wishy Washy’ and recalling the main events of the story. Specifically, we have been looking at the beginning, middle, and end to a story. We have also discussed different parts of the story such as the characters and setting. We know that this story is a ‘Fiction’ story which means it is a made-up story read for pleasure. We have been learning about the difference between ‘Fiction’ and ‘Non-Fiction.’ Ask us at home if we can retell this story to you!
Bye for now! Love PPG & PPB!
30th October 2020
Wow! We have had a full and busy week in Pre-Primary with BBB, Sport, Book Week Incursion, meeting up with our Buddies, Year One lunch time transition and Year One uniform try ons…always so much fun!
BOOK WEEK 2020 CELEBRATIONS!
Our school celebrated Book Week this week. On Wednesday we had a wonderful incursion and we dressed up as our favourite book characters! Thanks mums and dad for helping with this. We were amazed at everyone’s costumes! During the interactive incursion we learnt about this year’s Children’s Book Council Award winning picture books. Reading to and with your child is so important for their language, literacy skills, knowledge, creativity and to develop a love of reading! In Pre-Primary we LOVE reading and our children have come a long way this year with their own personal reading development – we are so proud of each of them! Here are some photos of our dress up day, please click on the photos to enlarge and browse through the gallery:
The Pre-Primary children have been learning about the Sacrament of Baptism. This week we visited our beautiful St. Emilie’s Church and spent time in the church discussing Baptism, looking at the symbols of Baptism and role playing what a Baptism ceremony entails. We also talked about the items present on the altar and we prayed together. We know that Jesus’ followers are called Christians or Catholics and when we are Baptised we become part of God’s family. We viewed a story called,”Tomorrow I’ll be Kind” and talked about how as followers of Jesus, we too are called to use our gifts and to show kindness to one another. Check out the story:
Our visit to the Church – please click on the photos to enlarge and browse through the gallery:
We are looking forward to what Week 4 will bring! Have a happy weekend everyone!
Love from Mrs Poinen, Miss Bombardieri and the Pre-Primaries!
Welcome back PPB and PPG we have missed you!
We have had a busy start to our Term 4!
We have been developing our understanding of part-whole in Mathematics.The part-whole reasoning is the concept of how numbers can be split into parts. We used different materials to model this and see the relationship between the whole number and the parts. This is helping us learner the connections between simple addition.
This week we also played scoop and spill to build on our addition knowledge. We had to scoop out some counters from the bucket, spill them on our page and record how many green, how many red and how many all together.
It is so important to keep our bodies moving and stay fit. Physical exercise helps us learn, stay focus, be healthy, coordinate our body and feel good! PP has been so busy this week with BBB, EDU dance, PE and Walkathon! Here are some snaps of us staying fit and healthy as we move our body!
Bye for now! Love PPG & PPB
Week 1 – Term 4 – 15th October 2020
Welcome back to Term Four! We are looking forward to an exciting term!
This week the children have enjoyed catching up with their friends, sharing holiday news and diving right into our learning!
Please find attached our Welcome Back Letter with all the information you need for this term’s program.
Again we have had another super busy, fun and exciting week in PP!
We have been very busy practicing for our PP assembly for next week. We cant wait to show you all our our hard work in our amazing performance! We have also been busy preparing all of our work for the Virtual Open Night next week! We are excited to share this with you so that you can see all of the learning we have been up to this term. Please take this opportunity to look at the virtual open night with your child and allow for them to guided you through all of the different things in the classroom.
The Three Billy Goat Gruff!
We are sure that you have heard about this incredible models we have made by now! We have spent the whole term slowly building different parts from the story using different materials. We have carefully planned out this process and taken our time to perfect our models. We are excited to take these home to share them with you. Check out our seesaw for photo and video updates.
We have been reaching out to schools in different states to create pen pals! We have been writing letters to work on our writing skills and communicate with kids our age in different schools. PPG has just sent their first letters out to our new Pen Pals in the ACT! We are super excited and cant wait to get our first reply. PPB have been writing to their Pen Pals over the last two terms from NSW. What a super fun way to learn and work on our writing!
Love from the PP’s! 🙂
Just a reminder to all families, that our Year 6 Environmental Committee offer the following recycling services to our school community.
Greenbatch Foundation partners with schools allowing students to collect their old PET plastic bottles through recycling, providing PET which is used in research and development for 3D printer filament. By recycling through Greenbatch we can save plastic from entering landfills, oceans and waste incinerators.
As from Term 3, our green and purple Greenbatch bins will return to the undercover area on Wednesday mornings. You are very welcome and encouraged to bring in your HDPE 2 and PET 1 plastics. PET plastic is the type found in drink bottles and food packaging such as strawberry punnets or peanut butter jars, and has the number 1 inside the recycling symbol.
We will also continue to offer our battery collection. The yellow battery bin will be placed out in the undercover area on Wednesday morning along with the Greenbatch bins. Please bring along your unwanted batteries and place them in the bin. Once the bin is 3/4 full we contact the City of Gosnells and the batteries are taken away for recycling.
If you bring your batteries or plastics to school on any other day you will find yellow battery bin in the undercover area and the purple Greenbatch bins parked up by Learning Hub.
Thank you for your continuing support and to our students for their efforts at contributing towards the health of the planet by conducting these recycling projects.