Friday 2nd August 2019
Week 2 Term 2
This term we have been learning about Sustainability and Recycling. Last Friday the Pre Primary classes enjoyed an informative and highly interactive incursion with farmers from ‘The Worm Shed’.
We learnt about – Worms (of course) – The environment – Worms role in waste management – Recycling – Worm biology – Sustainability – Mini beasts – and Gardening.
The farmers brought masses of wriggling worms for the children (and teachers!) to get ‘hands on’ with. Each child was able to make their own mini worm farm to keep and take home to show their families.
A great day!
Term 2 – Week 7 – 15th June 2019
This week was all about worms and robots!
The children observed, explored and enjoyed being up close and personal with some of God’s tiniest, but most important creatures…wonderful, wriggly WORMS! Worms play a vital part in sustainability.
Do you have a compost bin or worm farm at home? If not, these Pre-Primary children can advise you on how to set one up and live more sustainably by making simple and easy changes to your everyday practices at home!
We viewed some interesting clips about worms. Here is one of them…take a look:
We are looking forward to our Worm Farm Incursion next week and the children will bring home their very own mini worm farm to share and teach their families about!
During our guided reading groups, we read a book called, “I am a Robot.” Through the text we learned what a blueprint is and viewed various different blueprints of robots. We learned that a blueprint requires labels to show the parts included in the design. We then began to plan and design our very own robots! Drawing and labelling our designs was a lot of fun! The next step was to write a list of all the materials required to create and build our robots. We are now collecting materials and next week we are going to make a prototype of our designs!
What’s Been Happening in Our Class?
25th May 2019
We kicked off Term Two by welcoming and enjoying the company of our very special mothers and grandmothers in our Pre-Primary setting. The children worked hard to create cards, unique handmade gifts and prepare their song to present to mums on the day. It turned out to be a lovely, fun filled morning and we hope all families will have some treasured memories to keep forever!
We have been reading a variety of stories as a class and the children have really enjoyed joining in reading together. In our guided reading groups, the children are learning many important early reading skills. Each week we focus on a new letter and sound. The children have been excited about going on a letter hunt at home, to find and bring in items that begin with our letter focus. As they present their items to the class they are developing oral language skills and confidence in speaking. With support, the children are learning to write a sentence…or two!
The children are becoming so good at counting on our hundred chart. We know how to count by tens! Each day we are getting closer to the hundredth day of school! In our maths groups we have been learning about shapes, how to count on from 10, simple addition, writing numbers, counting backwards from 20 and forwards from 20. We have been having fun finding and measuring different things in our classroom too. We have been singing number songs and have learnt the TRIANGLE dance! The children love the triangle dance!
May is the month of Mary and in our class we have been learning all about the Rosary and how to pray Mary’s Prayer, the HAIL MARY. Each morning throughout May, we offer our prayers to Mary and together we say three Hail Mary’s and the Glory Be. We have been learning about the Church Community as well as other communities that we belong to, including our family, school and neighbourhood. We know that Jesus belonged to many different communities too and we are called to love and serve others within our communities. We visited our church to discuss what we see, hear and feel in God’s house. The children have also been busy creating their own maps of their neighbourhood. Their maps are amazing!
In our inquiry unit “Sustainability” we are learning about different ways that we can all do our part to look after our earth. We are reading a series of books about our earth: “Why do I have to recycle?” “Why do I have to save water?” “Why do I have to protect nature?” “Why do I have to save energy?” We have set up a mini recycling centre in our classroom and are challenging ourselves to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE! We have now collected and counted over 100 lids! Well done PPB! We have learnt about the triangle visual on all recyclable materials and where to find it, so we know what to put into our recycling bins at home! We are also thinking of unique ways to reuse plastic or cardboard by creating artwork or planting seeds! We now know where our fruit and veggie scraps go at school, when we collect them in our scrap bucket everyday. Two friends empty the scrap bucket into our school compost bin, so nothing gets wasted or thrown away in the bin! We are having fun learning about how to keep our earth happy!
We sure have had a productive few weeks of learning, thinking, growing, belonging, being, becoming, creating, doing, listening, speaking, sharing, cooperating and working together! Although we have been busy, we have not forgotten, the most important learning of all…love, friendship and PLAY!
There’s always time for PLAY!
We are all down here at Election Day and your wonderful goodies are selling well and the hot food is also popular!
Thanks again to Rachel and Larissa, Gill and Rachael from the Office and all our parent helpers for all your support throughout the day…
Every $ raised will support us to continue providing great facilities and opportunities for your children!
Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂
To all our wonderful families, THANK YOU so much for your amazing and generous support of your school by delivering tantalisingly delicious treats and by signing up to sell or cook at tomorrow’s Election. Your delicious donations mean so much … they show us that amidst the busyness and demands of family life, you understand that this opportunity is a great one and funds raised will really support our whole community.
A huge thank you to Rachael, Larissa and their team of helpers who popped in today to make sure that everything is ready to go … There was much laughter coming from the staffroom from Mums and many wistful looks from staff as they passed by your yummy donations! 🙂
If you have been unable to assist with food or a roster slot please come along and buy some of the delicious food on offer while you are waiting to vote.
Thanks again everyone and have a terrific weekend 🙂
Our newly formed MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) group is a safe and accepting place where mums of young children can find welcome, gain information, share ideas, be creative and have meaningful adult conversation. MOPS is for mothers of children 0-4 years and meets fortnightly during school terms.
Our next meeting is Monday the 27th May -9am to 11am..
If you are interested in joining the group, or if you do not have a preschooler but wish to assist with child-minding, please phone the Office and we will pass on your contact details to Sonia Pinto and Shamila McGee.
She studied at WAPPA and has a powerful and versatile voice that can easily shift from the energetic and warm tones of RnB to the soft yearnings of sentimental ballads.
Blind virtually since birth, Ritchell performs around Perth and is also teaching vocals here at St Emilie’s.
Her vibrant, exuberant and joyous music and gentle teaching style is now being enjoyed by students, staff and families alike!
If you are interested in finding out more about how to join Ritchell for a vocals lesson please phone Keyed Up Music on www.keyedupmusic.com.au/