Thursday the 25th of July was the 100th Day of school! Pre Primary had a fun day celebrating this milestone and learning many mathematical concepts counting to 100 days.
From the first day of the year our classes have counted the days at school in anticipation of the 100th day. The days have been marked with a star on the 100 chart, a marble in the jar and unifix cubes in tens, paving the way to counting by tens and ones and introducing place value.
We all dressed up as if we were 100 years old!
We brought in a collection of 100 items to group in tens and count
We engaged in counting to 100 activities
Mr Munro putting the 100th star on our chart
We were so excited to reach 100 days of school and we have learned so much! It was a great day and a motivating way to reinforce, practice, and build the children’s number sense to 100.
21st July 2019
Welcome Back to Term Three!
We are looking forward to a fun filled term!
Please read through our Programme Information and note important dates in your calendar.
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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’.
Vermiculture expert Kevin Smith
We learnt about – Worms (of course) – The environment – Worms role in waste management – Recycling – Worm biology – Sustainability – Mini beasts – and Gardening.
Making our own Worm Farm
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!
29th April 2019
Welcome back to Term Two! We hope you have enjoyed the break! We are looking forward to more fun and learning this term!
Please read through our Programme Information for Term Two and note down important dates in your calendar.
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Term One – Week 7 – 18th March 2019
Everyone is talking about PMP!
What is PMP you may ask? The Perceptual Motor Program comprises of movement, gross motor and body awareness skills that are essential for healthy growth and development. It involves emotional, cognitive and physical skill development. The PMP allows children opportunities for physical education and interactions with the environment.
There are three main stages to follow in order to acquire these skills. The first is cognitive; to be able to understand what is required to carry out the task. The second is practice and the third is about mastering the activity with speed and accuracy, once the first two stages are achieved.
Stations that we set up for our perceptual motor program target skills that include, hand-eye coordination, body-eye coordination, auditory language and visual skills.
PMP is FUN! It gets children engaged and moving! It promotes fitness, wellbeing and children with strong perceptual motor skills have more self confidence, greater body awareness and improved coordination. Much research has proven that physical activity creates neural pathways in the brain, and the more neural pathways, the better we are able to learn!
PMP enables the development of bilateral coordination – which is the ability to coordinate and move both sides of the body at the same time. This is an important skill for school success – to be able to hold a pencil, write and control the paper, to be able to cut with scissors and move the paper at the same time, to be able to hold a ruler and draw a straight line at the same time are all skills involving bilateral coordination.
Our Pre-Primary children LOVE Fridays and our PMP!
Our Pre Primary children have made a great start to Term One. The children are settling into classroom routines and establishing new friendships with their peers.
In early childhood we value frequent and regular opportunities to explore and learn in our outdoor environments and natural play spaces. We recognise that young children learn best through physical and sensory experiences – active play.
At Saint Emilie’s we have wonderful outdoor play spaces to enhance our learning. The children have space to explore, discover, experiment and develop their gross and fine motor skills.
Our bushland provides a play space to give children contact with the natural world and unique opportunities to engage with nature, the weather and the seasons. The children learn to understand and respect nature and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants and lifecycles.
The outdoor environment offers children opportunities for freedom and movement through physical activity and promotes a sense of well being. Outdoor environments are a platform for creative play and the development of the imagination and problem solving skills.
When you take children outside regularly you see the JOY, WONDER and EXCITEMENT that they experience when they engage in learning in their outdoor environment.
Pre-Primary Program Information – Term One 2019
16th February 2019
It was great to see and chat with many of you at the family picnic last night! We hope that everyone had a great time! Please read through our programme information booklet and note down important dates in your calendar. Thank you!
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We have been learning about Australian Animals in Pre Primary. The children have engaged in research and have been learning how to read for information and write facts.
As part of our learning programme we used a set of Australian Animal puppets as provocation. Provocations are a “deliberate and thoughtful decisions made by the teacher to extend the ideas of the children. Teachers provide materials, media, and general direction as needed, but the children take the ideas where they want”.
A wonderful learning journey unfolded!
As the children became interested in the puppets, we added a puppet theatre to their play. The Puppet Theatre extended their learning.
Would you like to buy a ticket? Other children were drawn into the play, setting up seating and making tickets for the show at the writing centre.
Children created cameras from Mobilo and engaged independently in the play and the learning (Check out the pose on the camera man!)
It was a wonderful learning experience for us all.