Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information

  • Banksmeadow Preschool enrolments are happening now. If you know someone looking for an early childhood preschool placement, please let them know.

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

Our Class Cultural Backgrounds

The children have been sharing with their fellow classmates about the different countries that their families come from. Several children in the class speak another language and are excited to teach the other children some simple phrases with their friends. Raphael has been teaching us some Italian. Taran has just returned from India and shared some of his experiences with the class. We also looked up India in the Atlas and the children looked at information about India with Taran. Charbel and Daniel shared that their grandma is visiting family in Lebanon and spoke about how they are learning Arabic from their mum. Valentina shared about her visit to Brazil to see family and we looked up Brazil in our Atlas. We have added flags to our wall that represent our class cultural backgrounds. The children have enjoyed identifying all the flags and looking on the globe to find the countries and referring to the Atlas for more information. Charbel asked for the Lebanon flag from the wall to look at. He then wanted to draw a picture of the flag and wrote the words onto his work.e was very proud of the results.

  • The children explore the diversity of culture, heritage,background and tradition and that diversity presents opportunities for choices and new understandings.
  • The children become aware of connections,similaries and differences between people.
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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

Creative Time!

During the week the children have enjoyed exploring the creative area using boxes, plates and a variety of materials to create their very own masterpieces. The children were provided opportunity to revisit their ideas and extend on their thinking. They engaged in this experience with enthusiasm and concentration. The area was a hive of activity with the tape dispenser needing to be refilled several times and more boxes added to the container. There were treasure boxes created, computers and cars, just to name a few. The children were very proud of their creations and excited to take them home to show their families.

  • Children are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning.
  • Children initiate and contribute to play experiences emerging from their own ideas.
  • Children use play to to investigate, imagine and explore ideas.
  • Children persist even when they find a task difficult.

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 pattern systems work

  • Children use information and communication technologies to access information. Investigate ideas and represent their thinking

Racing Time

"Ready set go".... Raphael's voice resounded around the room as he called out to his friends to let their cars go down the ramp. The other children squealed and jumped in the air as they watched their cars race alongside their friend's cars.

Raphael called out the times to his friends so they knew who's car went the fastest. He then recorded down the race times for the other children to look at the times. The children referred to the iPad stop watch at the end of each race to see the numbers on the counter.

Oliver - " This is the best day ever."

Aiden - "This is so fun."

Zach - "My car went really fast."

Raphael - " Wait till I say go then I start the time."

The children took turns and waited patiently in a queue, waiting in anticipation for their turn while cheering on their friends vehicles as they raced down the ramps.

  • The children use technology to access information
  • The children engaged with technology for fun and to make meaning
  • The children demonstrate an increasing understanding of number using vocabulary to describe names of numbers
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