Author Archives: Kellie Banko

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Using Laptops

Category : Foundation

Last week, the Tiggers (literacy group) used laptops to type up their recounts of Eric Carle’s novel ‘The Very Clumbsy Click Beetle’. The Preps were able to type words, enter spaces, use full stops and capital letters. As you can see from their faces, they worked very hard and loved using the laptops!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Daisy the Dinosaur: Early Years Coding

Category : Foundation

Over the last two weeks, the ‘Number Ninjas’ have been learning about position and movement. They have practiced following and giving directions and today they put all of their learning into action on the ‘Daisy the Dinosaur’ app. This app focuses on teaching coding in the early years. The Preps were able to control Daisy’s movements to complete missions or just have some fun. As you can tell from the smiles on their faces, they had a great time teaching each other how to manipulate Daisy’s movements. Below is a video Daisy following the Preps directions.

If you are interested in trying this at home, you can purchase the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/daisy-the-dinosaur/id490514278?mt=8

And another great app is called Scratch Junior: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/scratchjr/id895485086?mt=8

 

 


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Prep Garden Upgrade

Category : Foundation

This term, a wonderful group of parents/grandparents will be volunteering their time to upgrade our outdoor space. They will be installing a music wall, building a bush kitchen, wicking beds, an adventure walk and planting lots of plants and herbs.

We are so excited!!

Below is a video of two super Prep parents creating our new wicking bed.


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Money, money, money!

Category : Foundation

Over the last two weeks, the Preps have been learning about money and at the end of the unit we set up a shop. The Preps were given $5 in coins and were asked to spend all of the coins on items in our store (all items were either $1 or $2).

Below are photos of what the students purchased.

 


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Book Week

Category : Foundation

Below are more photos of the Preps from our book week celebrations.

 


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MANA

Category : Foundation

Thank you to all of the parents, carers and family members who attended our annual school event. Below are some pictures of the Preps on stage.

 

 

 


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Book Week Cross Age Activities

Category : Foundation

After our book week assembly, the Preps worked with different grades to complete craft activities based on the books shortlisted this year. Prep C worked with 3/4A and read ‘All I Want for Christmas is Rain’ by Cori Brooke. Together, the students made rain makers out of cardboard, rice, aluminium foil, tape and string. Below are some pictures of their costumes and rain makers.

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Jobs: Schools

Category : Foundation

Today, the Preps explored ‘schools’ and we had so much fun! Some people dressed up as Mr. Bove (our maintenance man), teachers, principals (in their work uniform and holiday attire), PE teachers and crossing supervisors. The Preps practiced running a school, teaching students, building schools, build laptops out of K-Nex and helping people cross the road before and after school.

 

 

 

 


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Capacity

Category : Foundation

Over the last two weeks, the Preps have been learning about capacity. On Thursday, the Preps were asked to predict how many drops of water would fit onto a five cent coin (without overflowing) and then were asked to test out their predictions. We also talked about the many variables that can affect the outcome (such as cleanliness of the coin and height at which the dropper is held). The students were then able to explain why they all had varying results.

If you would like to try this at home, you can find instructions here: http://www.abc.net.au/science/surfingscientist/pdf/lesson_plan07.pdf

 

 

 

 

 


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Jobs In Our Community

Category : Foundation

Last week, the Preps learnt about jobs in our community, such as doctors, nurses, posties, vets, dentists, shop keepers and librarians (just to name a few). Below are some pictures of their explorations and some photos from our session with our guest speaker. Dr Stephanie showed us some of the tools she uses to perform her tasks as a doctor and showed us the uniform that she wears. We learnt so much about doctors, thank you Dr. Stephanie!

This Friday, the Preps will be exploring jobs in schools. The Preps are encouraged to dress up as teachers, principals, specialist teachers (PE, Japanese/Science, Peforming Arts, Visual Arts, Music) business managers, maintenance workers and IT technicians.

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