This week we read two wonderful Dreamtime stories. The first was called ‘How the Birds got their Colours’ and the second was ‘When the Snake bites the Sun’. The students enjoyed the story and the art work so much that we placed the books on the craft table. We then began to create paintings related to the Dreamtime stories and wrote about them. Come and have a look at our paintings hanging in the Pre-Primary Blue Art Gallery!
We then learnt about the indigenous flag and what each colour means. We loved learning about and painting the flag.
This morning the Devereux brothers and and the Backus children met with Mrs Cogger to work in St Emilie’s Community Veggie Garden. Today we had some seed potatoes to plant. These were left over from our donation of seed potatoes from WA Potatoes Seed Potatoes for Schools project. We had been waiting for these last few potatoes to start ‘chitting’. Mrs Devereux also brought along a few of her Royal Blue potatoes that were ready to be planted.
First of all we had to weed the garden bed.
Here we are ‘armed and ready’ with our garden tools.
Then we had to dig a hole to plant our potato.
It was so cold this morning that we were all breathing out ‘steam’. So Mrs Cogger took a photo of us all being little ‘puffing billies’. Can you see the steam?
We are still looking to fill the veggie garden roster with volunteers so if you would like to meet on Friday 17th August at 8am, then please let Mrs Cogger know. Mrs Cogger would like to thank the Devereux and Backus families for volunteering this morning.
Learning letter names and sounds is an essential part of our development. They are the foundation for learning to read and write, and shape the way we communicate with the world around us. Each week in Pre-Primary we have a letter focus, starting with every student going for a letter hunt. This allows the students to look at home for objects with the matching letter sounds. Students then bring that object in to share and discuss it with the class. We also include a language experience, with this week being baking bread for the letter “Bb”.
We started by reading a story called ‘Zed’s Bread’ by Mick Manning and discussed how bakers make bread. We then went through the ingredients and watched the bread being made. The whole classroom smelled wonderful – there is nothing better than the smell of fresh bread baking!
This term we have been learning about how the seasons change and how that affects the world around us. We first went for a nature walk to look at the different types of leaves around our school, then we collected the leaves to investigate how the colours change over time. We had so much fun learning about how the leaves change between seasons!
This term we have been developing our Fine Motor skills through hands on activities. Fine Motor skills allow us to complete everyday tasks like tying our laces and hanging up washing. These skills are essential for writing and being able to control a pencil and form correct pencil grip.
Take a look at some of the writing and fine motor activities we have been learning!