The Pre Primary Gold children have been very busy engaging in fun, ‘hands on’ activities to explore new concepts and consolidate our knowledge across the learning areas. In Week 5 our ‘Letter of the Week’ was the letter P. The children have been enthusiastically participating in a ‘Letter Hunt’ at home and we created a great display of things that start with the letter P in our classroom. Thank you to parents for supporting our learning and making important links between home and school. This week we planted herbs and vegetables in our garden bed to create our own ‘Edible Garden’.
Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons about patience as they wait for vegetables to grow and responsibility, as they see how necessary their care is to the success of the garden. Over the year we will build an understanding of where our food comes from, see food when it’s pulled from the ground and notice the similarities and differences from our garden vegetables and produce from the supermarket.
Preparing our garden bed
Looking at our seedlings and smelling the herbs
Planting the seedlings in our garden bed
We made the letter P into a Pink Pig, printed our name in play dough, popped Popcorn and decorated paper bags with the letter Pp and pictures of things that start with P!
Printing our names in play dough
Language experience activities, such as popping popcorn and gardening, involve planned and purposeful ‘doing and talking’ together, which is followed by writing and reading about the experience. These activities help young learners to make sense of their world by taking part in, sharing, and discussing authentic experiences they have shared together.
The Pre Primary children have made a great start to the year. Settling into a new classroom with new friends and teachers, adapting to the routines and rules and attending school full time can be challenging. We have taken it in our stride and are engaging in lots of fun learning experiences. We welcome Jayden, Luke and Teyla and their families to PPG at Saint Emilie’s, we love having you as part of our class group.
This week the Pre Primary teachers have been busy conducting PIPS testing with the children individually. It is a tool for teachers and schools to test what the children arrive at school with and what they gain throughout the year in terms of Phonological Awareness, Reading and Maths. We conduct PIPS testing in Terms 1 and 4, it provides the teacher with a ‘one to one opportunity’ to build an individual profile for each child.
There was much excitement on Tuesday when Mr Cogger filled our creek in Pre Primary. We are so lucky to have our beautiful bush area for the children to play and explore. Please remember to send in crocs or gumboots so your child can explore the creek and engage in water play.
Exploring the Creek
Our letter of the week was the Letter ‘S’. The children are building and consolidating their letter and sound knowledge through engaging in fun activities.
Painting with Spaghetti
Forming the letter S in sand
The ‘Letter of the Week’ will be displayed on our notice board outside our classrooms. Remember to reinforce our focus letter and have some fun engaging in learning at home.
Read more about linking into our learning below.
Letter of the Week
Thank you to all the parents who attended our Parent Information Evening in Week One. Mrs Airey and I are really looking forward to getting to know you in the coming weeks.
Please find attached the Pre Primary Information Booklet outlined at our Information Night.
If you have any further queries please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Booklet 2015
We have been discussing the season of Advent and thinking about special times when we have had to wait to share love, laughter and gifts with our families.
We are developing the understanding that we wait during the special time of Advent to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. We have been interacting in learning centres and are having fun preparing for the exciting events in the coming weeks!
Reading the Christmas Story and drawing the Nativity Scene
Making our Christmas Boxes
Role playing in our classroom ‘stable’
Books to share
Our Pre Primary garden is a place where the children can dig, plant, play and learn all at the same time!
Growing our own food is a fun way to educate each other about healthy eating and to reinforce the wonders of nature. We have built a veggie patch, planted a fruit tree and cultivated a herb garden for the children to grow edible crops. Having the opportunity to harvest, prepare and eat our own home grown produce has given the children a real sense of accomplishment and an appreciation for our food.
Vegetable gardens provide children with an opportunity to grow a variety of delicious produce in all shapes and colours, all year round.
We have grown a range of different vegetables – some salad greens, vine vegetables and root vegetables. We have watched them germinate and grow at different paces.
The children prepared the garden, planted the seedlings and watered and cared for our growing crops.
We were very excited when it came to harvest time and enjoyed cleaning, preparing and of course eating our delicious produce!
We have had lots of fun this week exploring the properties of ‘Kinetic Sand’. It behaves like wet sand and is great for creating sandcastles.
Hermit Crabs are visiting our classroom.
The children have been learning interesting information about crabs and we have been researching how we can care for these little creatures.
We have been engaging in fun ‘hands on’ activities in our literacy rotations and learning to read and write sight words.
We have been reading and researching facts about sea creatures. We created a simple report on our favourite sea creature using Pic Collage on the I Pads.
We have had some fun art projects in our Ocean theme. We created Crabs using our handprints and made ourselves into scuba divers to explore the ocean! Next week we are looking forward to Nicholas’s Dad visiting our classroom with his diving gear to explain to us how you can use equipment to investigate underwater.
It was wonderful to see all the happy and smiling faces arrive back at school after the holidays. The children have settled back into the classroom routines and are ready and eager to engage in learning.
This term we are exploring ‘The Ocean’. We have transformed our classroom into an ‘Under the Sea Environment’. We have a ‘Beach Scene’ in our Home Corner and are investigating models of sea creatures on the light table. We have been amazed to hear the ocean waves in cone shells!
We have been studying collections of shells, using magnifying glasses to observe, sort and classify the treasures from the ocean.
We have been engaging in lots of reading opportunities to discover facts about sea creatures and we will be working together to write informative mini reports about our favourite creatures.
We have loved using the ‘Magic Sand’ to create and mould sandcastles just like at the beach!
Come and visit our classroom to see the wonderful sea creatures we are creating and displaying in the ocean waves in our room.
What fun we had on Friday at our Dad’s Morning in Pre Primary. We invited our Dad’s to spend the morning with us after the Father’s Day Breakfast. We planned special activities to share with our Dad’s including making a tie for Dad to wear and making prints with trucks in paint. We used tools to make shapes and prints in our play dough, we used recyclable materials to create a frameless collage and engaged in Maths activities with dice, money and playing cards.
We had a photo booth in our classroom and dressed up with hats, funny glasses and moustaches. In the outdoor area we played a fishing game, cricket, soccer and football. We had fun using the woodwork bench and real tools. Thank you Dad’s and Grandad’s for coming and sharing activities with us. It was a special day for everyone!
What fun we had during Book Week! We brought in our favourite book from home to share with our friends and spent lots of time READING, READING, READING every day. We focussed on the author Dr Suess and enjoyed sharing his fun and imaginative stories together. We loved coming dressed as our favourite book character and having morning tea with our Year 5 buddy class.
Pre Primary have enjoyed the Balls, Body and Brain fitness sessions with Jacob Aquino. We have had to use our thinking skills, listening and following instructions and developed our gross motor skills participating in some really fun activities. We had a real workout and were very puffed out!
With our focus on The Farm this term we have been thinking about ‘What’s in our Lunch Boxes?’ and ‘Where Does our Food Come From?’ We are looking into our lunch boxes and making links to farm produce and developing our understanding of how food comes from the farm to us. We are also thinking about healthy food choices and enjoying ‘Crunch and Sip’ time everyday.