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This week there was much excitement as the Pre Primary children went on excursion to Kelmscott SHS Farm. It was an opportunity for the children to engage in meaningful ‘hands on’ experiences, observing and handling farm animals. The children collected fresh eggs, fed the animals and watched Molly the dairy cow being milked. We loved holding the baby chicks and rabbits and walking around the farm to see all the animals. What a fun day!
Students took off on our much anticipated outing to the Kelmscott Senior High School Farm!
We dressed like real farmers in checked shirts, jeans, straw hats and gum boots and we travelled on a bus all the way to Kelmscott Farm, where we met Farmer Rick.
We experienced many different aspects of life on the farm.
We gave the Alpacas a gentle pat and felt their very woolly coats. We watched Farmer Rick feed some pigs and we got to feed some hungry sheep and some cheeky goats. We collected chicken eggs and talked to the hens who had a lot to say with their constant cluck, cluck, clucking!
Farmer Rick showed us how to put chicken feed on the tops of our shoes and the hens pecked the food off our shoes – it tickled!
We cuddled fluffy bunnies and baby chicks and the bunnies felt cosy on our laps and lots of them feel asleep!
We also watched Molly the cow get milked by the milking machine and Farmer Rick talked to us about all the foods that come from Molly’s milk, such as yoghurt, cheese, cream, butter and even ice cream and chocolate!
Kelly took us for a walk around the farm and we saw sheep, goats, two calves, some horses and the big vegetable garden.
We were very tired after our outing and some of us nearly fell asleep on the bus! We had such a great day!
Thanks to our parent helpers; Ms Giglia, Mrs Gates, Mrs Lucente, Mrs Papalia and Mrs Shine and also a big thank you to Farmer Rick at Kelmscott Senior High School Farm and his students. A really great experience for all!
On Tuesday 29th of July the Pre Primary students took part in a planting expedition! We were very privileged to have Deb from Sercul provide a variety of native seedlings for us to plant in our bushland. Many parents volunteered their time to help us with weeding and planting. We were allowed behind the white ropes of our play area and had to walk very gently inside the bush, ensuring we didn’t trample any special plants. It gave us a great opportunity to explore and we discovered a kangaroo paw flower starting to bloom and a rare spider orchid. We even found a snail that was busy laying eggs! A big thank you to our wonderful parents (and siblings Indie and Alice!) for their time and assistance and to Deb for providing our seedlings and much knowledge. A big thank you to Mrs Cogger for organising the morning and for sharing her love of our banksia bushland. We had a fantastic time!
At the beginning of this term our classroom was a blank slate! The children and Mrs Reid and I walked around our classroom and thought about where we would like t arrange everything! We first decided to have a go at designing a map of our new classroom layout. We made a list of the areas we needed to include in our design, such as the home corner, book corner, light table, mat area and so on. Then we got a clipboard and pen, like a real architect, and started designing our classroom lay out. Some of us worked on our own, others worked with a partner and some decided to work in a group of three or four. When we finished we shared our classroom designs. We had a good discussion and shared ideas and came up with a whole class design on a big map. Then we had to move everything into place! We all helped move furniture and equipment. We tried our new classroom layout during activity time and decided we were really happy with it! You can come in and see how it looks! We have also displayed our fantastic design maps too for your viewing pleasure!
Interior design is a breeze in PP – we offer very cheap rates too, if anyone is interested 🙂
Miss White and Mrs Reid
This term we are exploring the concept “Where Does Our Food Come From?” as part of our whole school Science focus. We have created our own little Farm in our classroom and a special Farmer’s Market to role play selling our produce.
In Mathematics we have been discovering more about the wonderful world of Addition. We have been drawing paddocks and creating our own number stories about the farm animals in our paddocks! In our ‘Farmer’s Market’ we are able to buy and sell a variety of produce. We are also having fun learning to recognise Australian coins and notes.
We planted a variety of seedlings in our Vegetable Garden last term – broccolini, carrots, beetroot and more! The vegetables are almost ready to harvest and we are going to enjoy cooking and tasting our produce.
Thank you to the parents who helped out at the PP bushland planting day yesterday. We had a lovely morning working with Deb Taborda from SERCUL. The plants are donated to us each year from SERCUL to assist us in our goal to conserve out school bushland area. Not only did the students have a lot of fun they also found many treasures and learned about different plants.
Pre Primary Play Date
When: Friday 30th of May 2014
Time: 1:45 – 2:45pm
Where: St Emilie’s Pre Primary
We would love you to join your child for classroom activities from 1:45-2:15pm. Following this we will have a picnic outside from 2:15-2:45pm. Please bring a picnic blanket and some yummy snacks to share with your family.
We hope to see you there!