Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events & General Reminders

  • Movie Day-Tuesday 18 December. Notes have been placed in your child's note pockets. Please check and pay accordingly. This is only for children who attend on that day.


  • Last Day of Preschool- Tuesday 18th December. There is no Preschool on Wednesday 19th. This is a cleaning day for educators

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

Cicada Shell

Joshua was very excited when he found, what he later found out, was a cicada shell. He allowed Ella to have it hang on her shirt. They both showed their finding to Mrs Steinmann and Mrs Royston.

"Where did you find it? asked Mrs Royston.

Joshua showed Mrs Royston and Mrs Steinmann where he had found the cicada shell.

"Here, on the rock." Can I take it home?" he asked.

Mrs Royston found a bowl for Joshua to keep the shell. Unfortunately, he later lost the shell and was extremely upset. Many children came to help search for it and after some great searching, Aidan found the shell. Joshua was very happy. He took it inside and wrapped it in a special make shift home.


  • Children explore culture and tradition
  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children begin to think critically about fair and unfair behaviour through sharing and turn taking
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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

Reindeer Food

It was great fun making reindeer food. We mixed some oats with red and green glitter. The children then poured the mix into a paper bag. It was a popular activity.

After they did that, they added a nose, eyes and drew and cut out some antlers. It was very exciting for everyone, as they talked about what they do at Christmas time, and what they leave out for Santa and the reindeer.



  • Children explore ideas using imagination and creativity
  • Children are curious and enthusiastic participants
  • Children persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement
  • Children transfer knowledge from one setting to another

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

  • Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

  • Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts

  • Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media

  • Children begin to understand how symbols and patters systems work

  • Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking

Literacy Users

Literacy users are children who engage in activities related to literacy. This is something that we all do every day. Reading books, writing names, talking, writing words, copying words or print are just some examples.

As the children have been writing their names, we have encouraged them to recognise and say the name of each letter. In our activity, the children were asked to come and find a letter from their name on the magnetic board, and state what it is called. Everyone got to have a turn. Not all children could recall the names of the letters, but all could find letters from the name. We also made the sound of the letters. We do this everyday when we participate in our Day/Weather chart.

Have your child practice recognising the letters in their names over the holidays.



  • Children begin to be aware of the relationship between oral,written and visual representations
  • Children contribute their ideas and experiences in small and large group discussions
  • Children develop an understanding that symbols are a powerful means of communication