Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • Calendars - These make great Christmas presents. Notes have been placed in the children's note pockets. Please return as soon as possible. All artwork is done at preschool.
  • Magic Show - Wednesday 21 November. Note coming next week.
  • Please remember to pack spare clothes so your child can engage in water and mud play.
  • Just a friendly reminder that it's a good idea to place an ice pack in your child's lunch box.
  • Kids Into Kindy - The children will be attending their second orientation morning next Thursday.

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

Anyone for pizza?

Noticing some ingredients on the table, Harper asked, "What are we cooking?"

Mrs Pollock encouraged Harper and others who were curious to try and guess. The children quickly investigated what was on the table and called out, "Pizza!"

Several children were excited to make the dough. They took turns to add 2 cups of Greek yoghurt to 2 cups of self raising flour. So easy! Everyone was given the opportunity to knead a small ball of dough with their fingers.

Alice said, "It's sticky."

Lua said, "I need more flour."

The children concentrated as they cut the ham and pineapple, rolled out the dough, spread the sauce and added the ingredients.

Remi said, "I only like cheese."

Evander said, "I like ham and pineapple."

After some discussion, we decided to make one cheese pizza, one with ham and cheese and one with ham, cheese and pineapple.

This experience had been planned as some of the children had been creating paper pizzas, chefs hats and aprons last week. They had been very creative!

Again, Charbel, Zach and Harper chose to make paper hats and aprons to wear as the pizzas were cooking.

The pizzas were enjoyed for afternoon tea. Jahrell said, "This is delicious!"


  • Children are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning
  • Children cooperate with others and engage in a range of meaningful 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

Making Signs and Taking Orders

Charbel selected a large piece of paper from the shelf and drew horizontal lines on it.

"This is going to be the list," he announced.

He added, "Everyone who wants pizza has to write their name on it."

Charbel took his list to each group of children and said, "Write your name if you want pizza."


Lua selected a paper plate and asked, "How do you write 'pizza'?" she replied, "P" when asked what it begins with and wrote all the letters as they were told to her. Lua then asked, "How do you write 'Shop'?"

"Would you like to make a pizza shop?" asked Mrs Pollock. Lua and several of the other children replied that they would.

Lots of fun was had as the children transformed the puppet theatre into a pizzeria today. The children engaged in conversations as they created posters, pizzas and eating area and tablecloths. Harper, Raphael and Lua wrote signs that included the prices of the pizzas available. They used tape and blutack to attach them to the front of their pizza shop.


The children also listened to and discussed a story about making a pizza called, "Don't Forget the Cheese, Pa!"


  • Children contribute their ideas using language in play and discussions
  • Children begin to understand literacy concepts such as letter-sound relationships
  • Children use images and print to convey meaning