Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • Book Parade - This Wednesday 22nd August at 9:15am at the school. Families are welcome to watch the parade. Children need to come dressed as a book character.
  • Banksmeadow Preschool enrolments are happening now. If you know someone looking for an early childhood preschool placement, please let them know.

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

Soccer and Cricket

The children participated in the first of two make up Flip Sport Sessions. They were excited to practice their soccer and cricket skills and listened well as the coaches explained what to do. There was dribbling, kicking and scoring goals with the soccer balls.

Holding the cricket bat correctly and hitting the ball off the tee was also practiced and enjoyed. The children partnered up, with one child using the bat while the other was asked to collect the ball and place it back onto the tee.

There was lots of encouraging, concentrating and great turn taking happening.

  • Children are open to new challenges
  • Children confidently explore and engage with social and physical environments through relationships and play
  • Children engage in and contribute to shared 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

Peas and Toothpicks

The children used their fine muscles to create pea constructions, using toothpicks to join them together. Charbel replied, "A fire engine," when asked what he was constructing.

The children also used the muscles in their hands to squeeze the trigger on the water bottle as they engaged in a colour transfer experiment. After separating and placing pieces of coloured crepe paper onto white paper, they used the water bottle to wet the colours. As the coloured paper dried they were amazed to see their drawings change from black and white to colour. Charlotte called to her friends, "Come and look at this!"

  • Children make new discoveries and accept new challenges
  • Children manipulate equipment and manage tools with increasing competence

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

Bee Bot Investigation

The children displayed enthusiasm as they were introduced to the Bee Bot and took turns to program it. They used the arrows to determine the direction the Bee Bot would travel, predicted where it would finish and watched excitedly as it travelled around the circle.

The children counted as the Bee Bot was programmed each time. They also identified and pressed the 'clear' button after their turn.

  • Children express wonder and curiosity
  • Children investigate different technologies
  • Children manipulate objects and experiment with cause and effect

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

Reading and Writing

Oliver, Aiden, Charbel and Raphael used the picture clues to assist them to read the mini transport books. They read aloud and shared their favourite pages with one another.

Several children used the chalk to write words, numerals and signs on the concrete. Aiden wrote the equation as he asked, "What is one plus one?" He then wrote the answer before writing another equation for Zach and Charbel to answer.

Kenji created a hopscotch, beginning at ten and working backwards to one.

Other children drew pictures, wrote their names and even traced around one another with the chalk.

  • Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts
  • Children communicate their ideas and develop an awareness of the relationships between oral and written representations