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The Prepfast

Check out some photos from the Prepfast! As you can tell, we had a great time.

 

 

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Parent Helpers!

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!

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Capacity

 

Here are some students in action, exploring some stations as part of our mass and capacity unit.

 

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Jobs in our community

Here is a video we showed in assembly for any parents unable to make it. Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/286840730

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Matific!

Parents Please Help!!! We have entered all students into this competition, they will be coming home with log ins soon. It starts August 14th and ends August 20th. You can download the app or use on laptops. The more the students play, the more points and chances we get! Thanks in advance for your support.
More details can be found here: https://www.matific.com/au/en-au/matificgames/warmup

Book Week – reminder

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!

100 days of school celebration

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!

Emergency Services Day

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.

 

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Welcome to the Prep Blog!

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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Parents please update your blog subscriptions to reflect your child’s new year level.

To do this firstly Unsubscribe if you child is no longer in the learning area that your are subscribed to and then using the links above, Subscribe to the new learning area.

Any issues, please email slomo.belinda.j@edumail.vic.gov.au or see me in the office Tuesday or Friday 9 – 3.30.

Mini Wicking Beds

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.

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Cinquain Poems

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.

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Prep Courtyard Update

This Wednesday, our amazing team of parents installed our new bush kitchen and new hose! The Preps are so impressed and cannot wait to find out what will be happening next. Below are some pictures of the Preps and the team who updated our court yard.

We are so lucky to have them!


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Using Laptops

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

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

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!

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.

 

Book Week Cross-Age Activities

The art work students completed during the cross-age activities in Book Week was absolutely delightful.  There is such a buzz in the air when students get to work with other students across the school.  Friendships are made and it is wonderful to see the senior students helping the younger students with the activities.  I have put together a range of photos for everyone to enjoy.  The list below shows the Picture Story Book that was selected and the activity that matched.

Nannie Loves Patchwork Quilt
Gary Pigeons in the city mural
All I Want for Christmas is Rain Rainstick
Go Home Cheeky Animals Wrapped Animals
The Snow Wombat Wombat Burrow
Chip Magicclay Chip
Mechanica Symmetrical Collage

Book Week

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

 

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