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.
This week there was much excitement as the Pre Primary children went on excursion to Kelmscott SHS Farm. It was an opportunity for the children to engage in meaningful ‘hands on’ experiences, observing and handling farm animals. The children collected fresh eggs, fed the animals and watched Molly the dairy cow being milked. We loved holding the baby chicks and rabbits and walking around the farm to see all the animals. What a fun day!
This term we are exploring the concept “Where Does Our Food Come From?” as part of our whole school Science focus. We have created our own little Farm in our classroom and a special Farmer’s Market to role play selling our produce.
In Mathematics we have been discovering more about the wonderful world of Addition. We have been drawing paddocks and creating our own number stories about the farm animals in our paddocks! In our ‘Farmer’s Market’ we are able to buy and sell a variety of produce. We are also having fun learning to recognise Australian coins and notes.
We planted a variety of seedlings in our Vegetable Garden last term – broccolini, carrots, beetroot and more! The vegetables are almost ready to harvest and we are going to enjoy cooking and tasting our produce.
You are invited to join us for a…
Pre Primary Play Date
When: Friday 30th of May 2014
Time: 1:45 – 2:45pm
Where: St Emilie’s Pre Primary
We would love you to join your child for classroom activities from 1:45-2:15pm. Following this we will have a picnic outside from 2:15-2:45pm. Please bring a picnic blanket and some yummy snacks to share with your family.
We hope to see you there!
In the next few weeks staff will be inserviced regarding placing posts on the school website.
We will let you know when these are up and running so stay tuned!