Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Upcoming Events & General Reminders

Kindergarten Visitors

On Tuesday and Friday this week our class had the opportunity to listen to some of the Banksmeadow Kindergarten Children talk about their primary school experience. A benefit of attending a pre-school which is attached to a primary school is our pre-schoolers get many opportunities to "prepare" for the "Big school".

Spare Clothes

Our days at pre-school are getting warmer so it would be appreciated if you could check the spare clothes in your child's school bag to ensure they have a couple of options for both cold and warm weather. Hot days often lead to water play so a change of clothes is also handy in case your child gets wet or plays in the mud kitchen.

Outcome 1 : Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children have a strong sense of identity.
  • Children feel safe, secure, and supported
  • Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self- identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Banksmeadow Open Tennis Tournament

During outdoor play the children were interested in playing tennis. Tennis is quite a difficult sport for young children to play because it involves the consolidation of many skills.

Skills which are developed in children while they play tennis are gross motor skills, motor planning, perceptual motor, eye-tracking and bilateral integration. It was extremely difficult for some children in the group but despite this they were super enthusiastic and were open to this new challenge. Tennis was played with two children at a time and while the players were hitting the ball to one another the other children, who were waiting for their turn, sat patiently cheering on the players. Loud cheering could be heard, especially when they had success at hitting the ball to their opponent. It was such fun and the children really loved the experience. And the great news was there were enough walkers down Wilson Street to retrieve the ball when it went under the fence (only a couple of times but it added to the excitement of the 'tournament').

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

  • Children respond to diversity with respect

  • Children become aware of fairness

  • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Kindergarten Visitors

On Tuesday and Friday this week, students from Banksmeadow Primary School along with Mrs Bragg came to visit. The purpose of these visits were to give the pre-schoolers the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about going to school next year. The visiting kindergarten children talked about many things.

The children discussed what they wear to school- the school uniform, hat and school bag and school shoes along with what goes inside the school bag for example, lunch boxes and homework folders.

The children were most interested in finding out about what happens in the playground at lunch time along with the school work and whether or not they learnt how to read.

The group also found out what they should to do it they need help when they are at school.

Cooper asked, "what's it like to play outside?"

Cove asked, "do you have lots of fun playing outside in the paddock?

Daniel asked, "when you get hurt where do you get a band-aid?"

Rocco wanted to know "when you go outside, do you have to wash your hands?"

The visit promotes a sense of community between the pre-school and the school and the children can begin to recognise that they have a right to belong to many communities.

Thank you to Mrs Bragg for facilitating this visit.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

  • Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

  • Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one setting to another

  • Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Goop Wonderful Goop!

The recipe for Goop is simple, it is made by combining cornflour and water. It makes a great medium for the children to explore and experiment with what happens to the goop when you play with it in different ways. The children were able to play with the goop and in doing so participate in a fantastic textural experience which inspired a lot of descriptive words from the children, some of which are included below-

Elizabeth - "It's sticky and slimy, look at my hands"

Nina - "it's really sticky and I can't take it off"

Ivy - "slime"

Easton - "it sticks to my hands...I can't get my hands out"

Mia - "mine is harden...soooo gooey......its liquidy"

Jayden - "it's soft"

Ella- "watch this Miss Mandy, if you squeeze it tight it turns dry. It's so funny isn't it? melts!"

Joshua- "it's so goopy"

Penny- "I want to take it off"

Piper- " It falls out of my hands... Is this glue?....Miss Mandy, what is this made of?"

While it is a little messy it does clean up quite easily and the majority of the group really enjoyed playing with it. Maybe next time you do the groceries, slip a box of homebrand cornflour in the trolley and save it for a rainy day. It is a really good experience for developing those fine motor skills which our pre-schoolers will need for all the writing next year at school.