Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Kindergarten Orientation - Tuesday 18 September. Children who attend preschool on Tuesdays will be taken up to Kindergarten by the preschool staff. Children who do not attend on Tuesdays will meet us there.
  • Spare Clothes - Please ensure your child has spare clothes as water play is popular in the warmer weather.
  • Ice Packs - It is a good idea to include an ice pack in your child's lunch box.
  • Boxes - Please save and bring in boxes and egg cartons for the children to use.
  • Staff Leave - Mrs Pollock will be on leave for the final week of term. Her last day is next Friday 21 September. She will return at the beginning of Term 4.

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

Kindergarten Visit

On Tuesday and Friday this week, Kindergarten students from Banksmeadow Primary School came to visit. The purpose of these visits was to give the pre-schoolers the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about going to school next year.

The visiting Kindergarten children talked about many things. They discussed what they wear to school - the school uniform, hat and school bag and school shoes along with what goes inside the school bag - things such as lunch boxes and homework folders.

The preschool children were most interested in finding out about what happens in the playground at lunch time, the school work and learning to read.

The group also found out what they should to do it they need help.

Cove asked, "Do you have lots of fun playing outside in the paddock?

Daniel asked, "When you get hurt, where do you get a band-aid?"

Remi asked, "Do you know a boy called Ayrton? He's my brother!"

The visits promoted a sense of community between the preschool and the school.

Thank you to Mrs Bragg for facilitating this visit.

  • Children broaden their understanding of their world
  • Children develop their sense of belonging to the school community
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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

Art, Maths and Science

We recalled last week's water absorption experiment with the celery and repeated the experiment with white carnations. The children helped to divide twelve flowers equally between four jars and discovered that three fours are twelve.

They predicted what would happen to the flowers when they were placed in the different coloured dyes and observed the changes that took place. Evander noticed the colour of the flowers changing and called out, "They're blue now!"

We wondered why the blue dye worked better than the red and the yellow.

The children accepted the challenge to sketch one of the carnations along with some buds. They looked carefully and concentrated as they drew.

  • Children experiment with cause and effect
  • Children explore and communicate mathematical concepts
  • Children participate in a range of inquiry-based experiences

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

Words and Pictures

"We're doing homework!" announced Harper, who was sitting with Adalyn, Lua and Charlotte. The girls were writing down words they know. "How do you write Mrs Pollock?" asked Harper. They then decided to get name cards to copy and continued to write together. Harper, Adalyn, Charlotte and Lua identified the names and the individual letters as they wrote.

Zach and Isabelle wrote their names in the shaving cream with their fingers.

Remi and Cove concentrated as they wrote and illustrated their own books.

"Mine's called Everything about Minecraft," announced Remi.

Cove said, "Mine's about Minecraft too."

Lua, Harper and Adalyn created books about their families. They asked how to spell words as they wrote. The girls showed pride in their ability to know how to write words such as 'mum' and 'dad.'

  • Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
  • Children interact with others to explore ideas and gain new understandings