In the last week of Term Three we decided to have a go at making our own butter – just like real farmers! We poured a carton of cream into a glass jar with two marbles. Then we all had a turn at shaking the jar. We shook and shook and shook and shook. Our arms began to get tired! Finally the cream started to become more solid and turned yellow. There was a creamy milk left in the jar around the solid butter. We strained out the butter. Then we enjoyed some of the butter on fresh bread. It was delicious and so easy!
In Term Three we learnt all about healthy eating and food groups. We thought it would be fun to combine the two food groups of fruit and dairy into one delicious smoothie! First we designed our own smoothie. We thought about what fruit would make a yummy smoothie and drew it going into a blender. A few days later we consulted our smoothie design and gathered our ingredients. With Mrs Dobson’s help we put our ingredients into the blender, put the lid on tightly and whizzed our smoothie together! Then we tasted them and… it was a success! They were delicious!
After making our own scrumptious smoothies we had lots of food scraps left over. We thought we should make a smoothie for our worms! We chopped up the banana peels and collected the strawberry tops. Then we popped them in the blender with some water. We whizzed and whizzed the blender until we had a gooey, mushy consistency. It didn’t look very nice but we were sure our worms would love it! We poured the worm smoothie in to the worm farm. We hope our wriggly little worms enjoyed their holiday treat!
Every Wednesday morning Pre Primary Blue are joined by parent helpers for Literacy Rotations! We rotate around five different activities in our five groups playing games and activities that help us develop our literacy skills. After this our brains are ready for our Crunch and Sip break! We love having our parents in the classroom to help – thanks Mums and Dads!
To celebrate our special Dads on Father’s Day we invited our VIP’s into our classroom to join us for some fun! There were sports activities, seed planting and even fishing to do in our outdoor space! Inside we set up some of our favourite activities like block building, play dough and drawing. We made fancy sparkly crowns for our Dads to wear and they looked like royal Kings! Before the special day we carefully drew a portrait of our Dad. We thought really hard about what they looked like, their favourite clothes and what they liked to do. They looked amazing! We displayed them on the day and we will be sending them home for our Dad to keep. We absolutely loved sharing our Pre Primary activities with our Dads! We hope they had a fantastic time also!
In Week Five of Term Three we changed our Dramatic Play area into a Vet Surgery and have been learning about farm animals and how the farmer takes care of them. If the animals are sick they must go to see the Vet, just like we go to the Doctor! We found tools to help us take care of the animals, such as bottles, brushes, thermometers, needles (pretend ones of course!), stethoscopes, bandages and blankets. We also found uniforms to wear and clip boards so we could write important information about our animal patients! We just needed patients to care for! Some of our class members brought in their toy animals to be our patients. We have looked after dogs, cats, horses, lions, owls, pandas, tigers and lions and even a unicorn! We have loved taking care of our animals and giving them much needed cuddles to help them feel better! Our Vet Surgery will be open for a few more weeks. If your toy animal has the sniffles you might want to come visit us! We are great Veterinarians!
Pre Primary Blue has been very busy in the veggie garden. We planted cabbage, cauliflower, snow peas, beans and cherry tomato seedlings in Term Two and we have taken care of the garden and watched it grow. On sunny days when there was no rain, we made sure the thirsty plants had water to drink. We also fertilised the garden with worm wee! The worms in our worm farm have been busy munching on our vegetable scraps. Their worm wee is collected in the bottom level of the worm farm. When we turn on the tap on this level we can collect the worm wee which helps our garden grow by fertilising the soil and giving the plants lots of nutrients! We mix some of the worm wee with water and give the plants a big drink and they love it! Some of our plants are HUGE! We love checking in on our worms and watching our garden. Next time you are in the Pre Primary playground have a look at our beautiful veggie garden and stay tuned for more information on our Waste Wise worm farm!
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