In the early years, children begin to learn about money and financial mathematics by exploring Australian coins and notes. We had fun learning to recognise, describe and order coins and notes according to their values and experimented with counting collections. Children are curious about money and how it works. This unit of work encouraged their curiosity and assisted in building their knowledge of Australian currency.
We rolled the money dice and collected the corresponding coins from the Bank. As our coin collections grew, we learnt how to exchange for coins of higher value. The first person to trade their coins for a $5 note was the winner!
We had fun learning how to do a coin rubbing. We used silver and gold pencils to create a print and looked at the features of different coins.
Piggy Bank Bingo!
Money Puzzles helped us to match number, symbols, words and decimals.
We used an App on our I Pads to learn the value of coins and notes.
We have all enjoyed engaging in activities to learn about Australian money!
We have been busy this term in PPG! The children have been engaging in lots of hands on learning across the curriculum areas and having lots of fun along the way. Here is a snapshot into our day.
Fine Motor Activities
We start our day with Fine Motor activities to help the children refine their fine motor skills. Practicing picking up, manipulating and strengthening the small muscles of the hand enables children to develop the control needed to form letters in handwriting.
In our morning Literacy Block the children engage in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Handwriting activities and are developing independence as early readers and writers!
The children love being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, outdoor play promotes the children’s well being, physical and social development. It allows children to explore the outdoor environment while developing muscle strength, co ordination, flexibility and fine and gross motor skills.
In Maths we have been learning about the process of Addition. The children have been engaging in hands on activities to build their understanding of the process, learning about addition symbols, writing algorithms and playing games to develop mental maths strategies.
In Religious Education we have have explored the different feelings we experience, ways that we show our feelings and thanking God for the gift of our feelings.
Integrated Unit of Learning
In our Guided Inquiry Unit we have been investigating the properties and uses of everyday objects and a variety of materials. We have been experimenting with building techniques and making things move and change shape.
Child Initiated Play
In our busy day we always make time for child initiated play. It is important for children to be able to make their own choices and gain independence as they choose resources and use their imagination. Working together and learning to co operate is important for the development of children’s social skills and the end result is often amazing!
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.
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.
There was much excitement in Pre Primary on Friday 27 July as we celebrated the 100th Day of School this year. The Pre Primary children have been counting to the 100th Day from the beginning of the school year. This is a great opportunity to learn many number concepts on the way to counting to 100. Each day we placed a star on the 100 chart, added a marble to our marble jar and used unifix cubes to build tens and count to 100 through the decades.
The children brought in a collection of 100 things to count, sort, order and display. We pondered ‘What does 100 look like?’
We invited Mr Munro to our class to count to 100, place the last star on our 100 chart and place the 100th marble in our marble jar. He felt very special to be part of our celebrations!
We engaged in lots of fun activities throughout the day. Building a tower with 100 cups was a very popular activity!
The most exciting part of the day was our 100th Day Party! Thank you parents for the lovely spread of ‘100 Things on a Plate’ to share!
Loose Parts Play
Loose Parts are materials that can be moved around the indoor and outdoor environments and used in endless ways.
The provision of loose parts in our indoor and outdoor environments adds quality to our play experiences. Open ended materials – loose parts – provide children with never ending ways to transform things into whatever they can imagine.
The versatility of these materials provide children with endless ways to create something new. Having access to a variety of materials during play and exploration assists with:
- Problem Solving
- Hand-eye coordination
- Fine motor development
- Gross motor development
- Language and vocabulary building
- Mathematical thinking
- Scientific thinking
- Social/emotional development
- Valuing sustainability by using recycled materials
- and more…
Children have the freedom to explore the materials, use them as they wish, and take them to any area of the classroom. The children will use the same material in many different ways.
We welcome donations to build our collections of loose parts and recycled materials. Do you have any interesting materials lying around at home? PVC pipes, milk crates, small rocks, pebbles, off cuts of lino, carpet, tiles, wood, nuts, bolts, buttons, bottle tops, cotton reels, old photo/picture frames… The possibilities are endless!
The children in Pre Primary Gold have made a great start to the new school year. There have been lots of smiles, fun and laughter as the children have been exploring their new environment and building new relationships with teachers and class friends.
Our outdoor learning environment promotes children’s connection with nature. Children love being outside to enjoy the freedom, fresh air and change of pace that the outdoor environment offers. Our outdoor environment provides many opportunities to learn – respect for nature, social skills, managing risks and physical skills and stamina.
Our Fine Motor Stations aim to develop fine motor skills, language and handwriting. The activities help to develop strong, flexible fingers and promote better hand-eye co-ordination, differentiated movements and dexterity.
The language experience approach is a wonderful way to engage children in reading and writing. In language experience children are engaged in a rich learning experience to provide an experience that children will want to talk about. Teachers take dictation from the children, (or they have a go with their own writing) then use the children’s own words in shared reading experiences.
The children have been building relationships between numbers and a represented item. Counting and representing numbers with objects or pictures allows children to make connections between the real world and their developing math skills.
We engaged in drawing and painting self portraits. The children have been considering their personal identity and learning that everyone is unique and different.