Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • Please remember to RSVP for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea (in the afternoon) - Friday 8 June at 2:00pm. The staff are catering, so we need numbers. Notes have been placed in your child's note pocket.
  • Photos have arrived. You may view them and then decide whether you'd like to purchase the whole pack, or individual pages.
  • Please ensure your child's sunscreen is full. Although the cooler months are ahead, we are still required to have protection from the sun. This also includes correct hats.
  • Spare clothes are still needed. Many of the children are still eager to play in the dirt and the mud kitchen.
  • StEPs Vision screening will take place next week. Hopefully all forms have been returned.

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

The children engage in lots of name games and activities at preschool. They enjoying rhyming games and songs that involve their names. They also enjoy signing in and their name writing is improving. It is great to see them all concentrating and trying their best.

This week the children practised their cutting and puzzle skills as they cut up their name and put it back together in the correct sequence. They were open to this challenge and displayed pride in their ability to complete the task.

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

The children demonstrated an understanding of their friend's need for assistance as they assisted one another to carry their extra large pieces of art paper to the drying rack. They displayed initiative, kindness and cooperation. It is always wonderful to see the children helping their friends, in various ways, throughout the day.

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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

Charbel, Cove, Daniel, Oliver, Evandar and Jacob created a wall outside with the blocks.

"Be careful," said Charbel, "It might fall down."

Mrs Pollock encouraged the boys to investigate the brown brick wall of the preschool. They studied the pattern and rebuilt their wall, replicating the pattern of the bricks.

Daniel said, "It looks like stairs."

The boys displayed their ability to transfer what they had learnt as they worked together with enthusiasm and commitment.

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

Raphael, Aiden and Charbel used language to communicate their ideas as they built together with the big plastic blocks.

Raphael said, "Let's build a helicopter."

Charbel asked, "How can we make it higher?"

"Where are you going in your helicopter?" enquired Mrs Pollock.

"We're going on a bear hunt," replied Aiden.

The boys began to rearrange the blocks and discuss where to position each one.

"Now it's going to be a robot. It transforms from a helicopter to a robot!" Aiden explained.