Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events and General Reminders

  • Welcome back everyone. Hope you enjoyed spending time with your child during the holidays. We look forward to another busy term!

  • Dates for your diaries: Week 3- Kindergarten Open Night - Thursday 9th August. Athletics Carnival - Friday week 3.
  • Please make sure you have enrolled your child for Banksmeadow school next year, as information packs will be sent out shortly. We have enrolment forms here for you if required.
  • It would be appreciated if you could write down which school your child will be attending next year. A sheet is provided next to our sign on. This helps with organisation within the centre.

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

Welcome to Country

We were very lucky to have Remi's mum, Kellie, visit us today. Remi is in the Pelican class.

Kellie introduced us to a special way that we could acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people. She said a special statement which talked about the land on which we live, and how we need to respect the past, present and future. She also sang a lovely lullaby that Torres Straight Islander women sang to their babies.

We will create our own statement to follow and use each day.

  • Children share cultures of others
  • Children explore the identities of other cultures
  • Children feel recognised and respected for who they are

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

Sandpit Play

It was very exciting to see the children so taken by our new sand. Our general assistant had organised to have our sandpit topped up. The sand is now lovely and clean and the children wanted to hop in immediately. They were just as excited to see the fabulous sink and stove that Mrs Nicol's husband had built. The children were busy cooking, creating and baking as they made use of the new equipment.

"I'm making soup," said Ava.

"I'm making cupcakes," said Conrad.

"We're mermaids," said Cooper and Jayden.

"We're making a cake," said Penny.

  • Children cooperate with others and negotiate roles and relationships in play episodes and group experiences
  • Children build on their own social experiences to explore other ways of being
  • Children use play to investigate. project and explore new ideas.
  • Children show growing appreciation for the environment.

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

Ball Fun

The children were very eager to participate in the ball throwing activity today. They were required to stand behind the line and throw the ball into the buckets. Mrs Pollock suggested that they say, "Yay!" if they got it in, and, "Better luck next time," if they didn't. They were waiting patiently and taking turns with their friends. There was lots of strength seen in some of the throws by the children as the balls rammed into the shed.

One of the important aspects of the activity was to assist with picking all the balls up when the tub was empty. Almost everyone did this very well without being asked.

  • Children work cooperatively with others
  • Children manage their emotions and cope if they aren't successful immediately
  • Children manipulate equipment with increasing competence and skill
  • Children show enthusiasm for participating in physical play

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

Measuring and Patterns

Penny decided to work with the unifix cubes on her own. She began joining them together to make a long line.

"You're working hard," said Mrs Royston.

"I'm making it really big," said Penny.

"I wonder if you can make it as long as the table?" suggested Mrs Royston.

Penny continuedto work with the cubes until they reached the other end of the table. She was very proud of her efforts and carried it carefully over to another table so she could show her dad. She also had a wonderful attempt at counting them all.

As a group activity later on, Mrs Royston provided the unifix cubes for the children to do some pattern making and matching. The pattern was made and the children were asked to copy it. It was very interesting, as some children were able to make it straight away, while others needed guidance and reassurance. It was great to practice and allow the children to not only match the colours, but put them in the right order. When they achieved the correct pattern, they were very happy with themselves. Many children were eager to help their friends if they were unsure.

  • Children demonstrate an increasing understanding of measurement to describe length
  • Children use mathematical thinking to create patterns
  • children interact with others to explore and clarify ideas
  • Children draw on memory of a sequence and use visual cues to complete a task