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We have a great start to our My Family Unit this term!
We have started the unit with the students drawing and discussing who they live with in their homes. This gave the students the opportunity to talk about how their families are the same or different as well as tot talk about the different types of homes we all live in. Next week we will draw a family map which will help students to discuss their extended families.
An important part of the Literacy Curriculum is speaking and listening. One of the ways that we support students to develop these skills in Prep is through show and tell. Because our focus this term has been My family the students have been asked to bring in a photo of their families and talk about them . Having a prompt for talking has helped the students to develop confidence about what they are sharing and also helps their audience to come up with some great questions
Me at School
It has been a very busy term in Prep, as the students have settled into school and made new friends.
Our topic for Integrated Curriculum has been Me at School. In this topic we have looked at how to be a good friend, our emotions, what to do at school when you have a problem and the difference between kinder and school.
As we have moved through the topics the Preps have become more confident in sharing their ideas with each other and have had some insightful conversations. Another activity we did was for the students to collectively come up with rules for their learning areas. The Kookaburras came up with some fantastic ideas such as
- Looking after our things by putting them away when we are finished
- Moving safely
- Listening to others so we all have a turn to talk
The final stage of this topic was a cross curriculum activity where each student created a book called At School I...
We wrote the books in our writing sessions with each student taking on the roles of illustrator and author to create the texts, illustrations and both the front and back covers of their own book.
Today we finished the books in class and each student was able to review how their writing had progressed over this term. The students will share their books on the kinder visits early next term and then they will take their books home to be shared with their families.
Next term's subject is Me and my family and will be a great opportunity for students to learn about each other and the diverse community we live in.
Play is a very important part of learning. During Developmental Play, students get to practice the skills we have been learning in class and often feel more confident to express their ideas. Working with their friends they learn to negotiate and how to listen to others ideas. They also use this time to work with new friends and learn to see the value in others. But most of all play is fun!
It has been a great start to Prep this year.
As well as learning about the routines of school and how to make new friends we have made a start with out literacy and numeracy subjects.
In writing today we had a go at drawing and writing a response to our science experiment!
In Numeracy we have been working on matching numerals to collections. This has led to some great discussions around which numbers are larger and the students have been using the language of more and less.
In our classrooms we have WOW work walls. These walls will show the amazing work that the students have been doing.
Wee look forward to seeing everyone at the Prep BBQ next week and the information session on the 27th
We have been very lucky with all the wonderful parent helpers we have had so far this year and the students love seeing their family members in the learning space with them.
It is not too late to help out either with reading or with one of our upcoming excursions.
To help with these events you will need a working with children check, which you can apply for at http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au and unfortunately, we can’t have younger siblings tag along.
As part of our inquiry unit we will be exploring our local area and will be going for a community walks on the morning of Monday the 22nd of October, we would love to have some parent helpers to come along and help us investigate our environment and the types of rubbish we find.
Prep B and C will bb 9:50 to 10:40 (just after assembly) and A will be 10:40 to 11:30.
Swimming runs from the 3rd of December to the 14th of December and we will need parent helpers to walk with us to and from the pool. We will know session times closer to the date but it is likely to be after lunch.
Please see one of the Prep teachers to sign up to help!
Here are some students in action, exploring some stations as part of our mass and capacity unit.
Thank you everyone for making this such a special week!
Book Week – reminder
On Monday, 20th August we will be celebrating Book Week. At assembly we will have our Book Week parade where students come dressed as their favourite character. Please start talking to your child about their outfit for Book Week. It is great if they can use clothes and props from home. We love the homemade variety!!
Following the assembly, students will be involved in cross-age art activities based on the short-listed books.
It promises to be a fun day for all!
On Wednesday we celebrated our 100th day of school. Some students dressed up as 100 year olds were very convincing. Throughout the day we did activities about the number 100, had a visit from the year 5/6 group and even had some cake to celebrate!
Our first dress up day was a great success. Many students dressed up as an emergency service worker and they looked great! We also had three special guests drop in and share some of the responsibilities and tools of their very important job.
Here you will be able to keep in touch with some of the learning activities and events taking place in the Prep area. We will try to update the blog fortnightly and will post photos of the students in actions, our investigations and some examples of student work.
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Inspired by our new wicking beds, Katherine came up with the idea of the students making their own mini version to help them understand how they work and also to engage the students with their new environment.
All of the Preps created their own beds by using a bottle cut in half that has a ‘reserviour’ filled with water. This water travels up into the soil through material and therefore self waters the plant. This is very similar to our wicking bed that has two main parts: the bottom half is a contained reservoir filled with rocks and water and the top half is filled with soil, mulch and plants. By periodic flooding of the deeper half of the bed, mature plant roots get a big drink.
The Preps took home their plants today and hopefully they look after them over the summer.
This week, the Tiggers literacy group have been learning about cinquain poems. They are five line poems which use different parts of speech to describe a topic. The students were given a planning sheet and they needed to first include a 1 word title (noun), then on the second line they had to include 2 adjectives to describe the noun. Next they included 3 verbs (ing words) and then a 4 word phrase (how they felt about the topic). Lastly they included a 1 word synonym for the title. Below are some of the poems that they created.
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!
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