Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

Ben Chifley Art Competition - The children have completed individual artworks at preschool. Signed permission and a gold coin donation is required if you would like your child's artwork to be submitted. Thank you.

Ice Bricks - It is a good idea to include an ice brick in your child's lunch box.

Kids Into Kindy - The children will be visiting Kindergarten again in Weeks 4 and 6.

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

Kids into Kindy

The children had great fun visiting the school yesterday and experiencing life as a Kindergarten student. The Year 4 children assisted them as the children participated in all sorts of fun activities including playdough, computers, iPads, dress ups, drawing, bingo and Lego.

Mrs Twitchings discussed some of the school expectations with the children and taught them some action songs. She also read the children 'Chicken Licken' and asked them about the story and the different characters in the book. It was great to see everyone listening so respectfully.

  • Children develop their sense of belonging to the school community
  • Children participate in and contribute to new experiences
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Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  • Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

Outdoor Games

The children displayed enthusiasm as some of them engaged in games of 'Duck, Duck, Goose' with their friends. They used their imaginations and changed the words.

"Let's say!" Remi suggested.

Other word combinations were also used by the children, including rhyming ones.

Aiden said, "Hat...hat....bat!"

The two groups of children grew as more and more children wanted to join in.

  • Children show enthusiasm for participating in physical play and negotiate play spaces to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
  • Children are happy, healthy and connected to others

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

Number Games

We have been playing lots of number games involving number recognition and the ordering of numbers. The children have been identifying numbers that become before, after and between given numbers. The children have counted the dots on the ladybugs if they have been unsure of a numeral. It has been great to see the children giving one another clues and assisting each other.

  • Children display confidence, problem-solving and concentration
  • Children experience the benefits of shared learning experiences
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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

Orientation News

Some of the children have been given the opportunity to share information about their Kindergarten Orientation mornings in front of the group. It is a very exciting time! Once they have shared, the other children have asked them questions.

Zach said, "The Kindys sang a song. The teacher read, 'The Rainbow Fish,' and we made a fish. We had to stick the paper on." When asked, Zac replied, "I have a buddy called Martin."

Daniel said, "We've got buddies. Mine is Kevin."

Charbel said, "Mine's Christian."

Daniel said, "We had to put a circle around the numbers the teacher said."

Charbel added, "And we got stickers."

"They said, 'Welcome to OLA Pagewood,'" added Daniel.

Charlotte said, "I did a rolling thing with some play dough. There were letters on paper ...A...B....C....D.... I made a H."

Jahrell said, "I played Lego and play dough with my friends."

We are looking forward to hearing about all of the children's orientation experiences.

  • Children convey information with purpose and confidence
  • Children engage in talking and listening experiences