In Writing this week we have been continuing to learn the actions to our Story Map. We are learning to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood so that we can verbalise and sequence a story aloud before writing it. As part of our writing lessons this week we have also been learning to write a sentence of three. Using the sentences of three we made WANTED posters. We are hoping that we will be able to track down the Big Bad Wolf soon.
Here are our final Romero Britto pieces. We are very happy with how they turned out. Shortly in Art, we will be looking at warm and cool colours. We look forward to producing some new Artwork to display in the classroom.
The Kindy children have been having fun engaging in Fine Motor Groups in the mornings this term.
Fine motor skills gradually build for children as they do activities to help strengthen their muscles and coordination. The more that children play and explore with activities that build their fine motor skills, the more precise their movements will be.
The developed strength and control of the hand and fingers supports the beginnings of a pincer grip for drawing and handwriting. Fine motor can be developed through experiences involving materials that support building strength in the arms, hands and fingers as well as opportunities to mark-make, draw and write.
The development of these skills relies upon the age appropriate development of physical skills (such as core trunk control and shoulder strength) providing the stable base from which the arm and hand can then move with control.
By 3-4 Years
- Builds tower of nine small blocks
- Copies circle
- Imitates cross
- Manipulates clay material (rolls balls, makes snakes, cookies)
- Uses non-dominant hand to assist and stabilise the use of objects
- Snips paper using scissors
By 4-5 Years
- Cuts on line continuously
- Copies cross
- Copies square
- Writes name
- Writes numbers 1-5
- Copies letters
- Handedness is well established
- Dresses and undresses independently
In class we have been discussing God’s wonderful creations and seeing as Mother’s Day is almost upon us we have paid special attention to the creation of our lovely mothers. Through classroom discussions and sharing stories we have come to realise that we all have very special mums who we love very much!
It is hard to express in words just how much our mums mean to us but the Kindy’s tried their very best! Here’s what makes our St Emilie’s Kindy Mums so wonderful…
Jessica- I love my mum because she gives me noodles at night time.
Kimberley- I love my mum because she gives me kisses and when she goes to work she hugs me.
Quintina- I love my mum because she plays with me.
Rovin- I love my mum because my mum makes noodles.
Nathan- I love my mum because she gives me kisses.
Audrey- I love my mum because she is the best!
Logan- I love making cupcakes with Mum.
Serena- I Love Mum because she gives me cuddles when I sleep.
Eden- I love my mum because my mum cooks me noodles and I say thank you when my mum gives me noodles and my mum gives me kisses and a hug when I say thank you for my noodles.
Iris- I love my mum because my mum gives me cards and cuddles me when I sleep.
Austin- I love my mum because my mum makes me pancakes and cupcakes and noodles and pasta and some cake.
Christopher- I love my mum because my mum kisses me.
Brandon- I love my mum because my mum makes me happy. My mum hugs me.
Eason- I love my mum because she gives me lots of kisses to me.
Giaan- I love my mum because she kisses me.
Drayson- I love my mum because she gives me kisses and I hold my mummy and I kiss her.
James- I love my mum because she gives me cuddles.
Jacob- I love my mum because she gives me treats when I do something good.
Noah- I love my mum because mum sleeps with me.
Gabriel- I love my mum because she helps me with the cars.
Sophia- I love my mum because my mum do everything that I like to eat and my mum goes to the beach with me.
Leo- I love my mum because I go in a tent and swimming at the Crown.
Lenora- I love my mum because she gives me cereal for breakfast.
Summer- I love my mum because she hugs me and kisses me when I go to sleep.
Nolan- I love my mum because she always gives me kisses and a birthday cake and she gives me toys.
Mia- I love my mum because she gives me cupcakes on my birthday.
Aurora- I love my mum because she gives me some flowers.
Zoey- I love my mum because my mum gives me kisses and she makes dinner and she tucks me in my bed.
William- I love my mum. She takes me for rides around the streets.
Tobias- My mum is the best and she makes things and I like Mummy. My mum is the best ever!
Olivia- I love my mum. We always make cupcakes together.
Aayra-I love my mum because she plays cards with me and she even cooks food with me.
Zara- I love my mum because she plays with me with the dog.
Jillian- I love my mummy because she’s my favourite mummy and my mummy is the best and I want to play with her.
Kaelin- I love my mummy because she bakes cakes and sometimes she plays with me.
Leahna- I love my mum because my mum plays cards with me.
Samuel- I love my mummy because she takes me to the shop.
Lucca- I love mummy because she plays cards and takes me to the park.
Matthew- I love my mum because she reads books with me.
Delvin- I love my mum because my mum and me cook.
Levi- I love my mum because she join me to the beach.
Abby- I love Mum because she likes me.
Ashton- I love my mum because she cooks so fast and she folds the clothes so fast.
Inigo- I love my mummy.
Catherine- I love my mum because she plays café with me.
William- I love mum because she plays with me.
Spencer- I love my mum because she gives me hugs.
Summer- I love my mum because my mum makes me cakes and cupcakes for me.
Mia- I love my mummy because she always helps me.
Emmy- I love my mum because she always tucks me in bed.
Abigail- I love my mum because she cooks delicious food for me.
Kathrynn- I love my mum because she cooks.
Leona- I love my mum because she always gives me kisses.
Leo- I love my mum because we make cupcakes.
Oliver- I love my mum because she plays ball with me.
Archer- I love my mum because she picks strawberries with me.
Collin- I love my mum because my mummy gives me hugs.
Kaliyah- I love my mum because she always bakes cakes with me.
Happy Mother’s Day!
In the Administration Office this week, a sample of some of the amazing work our Kindy children have produced is on display. The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is used in Kindergarten to inform and direct our teaching and learning. At the core of the Framework is the view that children’s lives are characterised by belonging, being and becoming. Below are extracts from the EYLF.
“Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become”.
“Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world. Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present”.
“Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society”.
Hope you can find time to pop into the Administration Office to view the Kindy display.
Dear Year Three families,
Please find attached our Purposeful Practice grid for Weeks 2-3.
The Science activity; ‘Phases of the Moon’, will begin on the 1st of May. Students will be drawing their observations of the moon in the sky each evening. Please support your child with this task. If they miss an observation for any reason, please re-assure them not to worry as we can use and will be sharing observations with each other.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email your child’s teacher.
Jodie Ryan & Veronica Williams
Year Three Teachers
Our Year 6 Science Inquiry students were very excited to finally open their Rubber Band Racer kits. The students have to work in teams to build five models including a hydrofoil, fan car and helicopter.
Here are a few photos of the happy students with their kits.
The students were eager to get started. The girls were keen to unload the pack and identify the different parts.
By the end of the first session some of the teams had already completed their first model and were able to test it out.
Today at St Emilie’s we remembered ANZAC Day with an ANZAC prayer service. This was a chance to remember and pray for the many men and women that fought in the war. The Year Sixes lead us in prayer and reminded us of the importance of the ANZAC ceremony such as the last post and the ode. After this very special service the year three classes worked together in pairs to complete a scavenger hunt in the classrooms. The students had to find “clue cards” that helped them answer questions about ANZAC Day. The Year Three children had a great time completing this engaging and informative task.
There was much excitement in Kindy this week when the children arrived back at school to see our new playground. The new Kindy playground was designed to provide opportunities for our children to develop their gross motor skills and upper body strength.
Outdoor play is crucial for children’s development. Running, jumping, climbing and swinging allows children to exercise their large muscle groups. Climbing is a whole body activity that requires skill, movement planning, strength and endurance.
The ability to pull up and hold up your own weight, move across a structure using the weight and momentum of the body provides a full workout for a child. These activities take strength, coordination, and movement planning, and engage both the body and the brain.
The ability to hold a pencil appropriately and move it in strokes that create letters, numbers and early drawings all involve muscle movement.
Thank you to Nature Play Solutions for the design, build and installation of our new Kindy play space!
Welcome back to Term 2!
We have had a busy first week back at school and have really enjoyed hearing about everyones wonderful holidays.
This week we have started to learn about some of our new topics, these are:
Mathematics: Measurement and Weight
English: Recount writing and Poetry
Religion: Penance and Prayer
HASS: The continents and oceans of the world
We have also opened up our new play areas. These areas have been created for the students to independently practice their knowledge of the new concepts during our literacy and mathematic rotations.
*** Just a reminder to send in a photo of yourself with your mum for our Mother’s Day Assembly.
Have a lovely long weekend,
Nicole & Tiana