Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

Upcoming Events

Kids into Kindy

Please be on time to pre-school tomorrow as it is our class' turn to go to Kids into Kindy at the Primary School. The visit will be happening, even if it is raining, so can you please ensure your child has a raincoat in their bag.

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

Pizza and Ice-cream Yummy!

Raphael and Isabelle spent a great deal of indoor play time at the play dough table where Raphael was showing his pizza dough making skills and seemed to have quite a knack for the technique of kneading and tossing into the air. Raphael has recently celebrated his brother's birthday and he shared the details of the party with his pre-school friends. Raphael's brother celebrated his birthday by having a pizza party and it was from this experience which Raphael shared his skills and knowledge. Raphael was very particular about where the tomato was to be put on the pizza..."not close to the side, just in the middle" he told the teacher. Pre-schoolers who share their experiences with friends definitely have a sense of being valued by the group and teachers alike. It is a lovely reminder of how beautiful shared family experiences support a child's confidence to grow and play in a way unique to them.

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

Ready, Aim, Throw

Young children have a wonderful ability to connect with each other through play even when there may be a verbal language barrier. This week the children have enjoyed using balls, attempting to throw them through the holes in the large outdoor blue ball. Antoni and Taran spent a lot of time outside challenging themselves to get the balls through the hole. They did lots of things to change how they played the game and through non-verbal cues were able to have complete understanding of what the other child was trying to do and took turns at attempting to reach his/her goal. Initially the children had the hole in the large outdoor ball facing them and used a basketball, they then spun the huge sphere around so they hole they were trying to target was on top, after they mastered the basketball they decided to try a small bouncy ball and this proved very difficult for them. It was almost impossible for them to get the small ball into the small hole but they persisted and when they decided that it was a bit too challenging they moved their bodies to stand super close to the target and hey Presto.... they got the small ball into the small hole!! They were proud of themselves and each other which was lovely to see. It would be great to do this as a whole class game and share the joy of what the few children experienced this week.

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

Time to Chat

Coming together for meals has long been recognised as an important time for bonding. It is something many cultures have in common. It is no different at Pre-school. Our children have two opportunities every day to come together firstly as a pre-school group at lunchtime and then as the Pelican class group for afternoon tea. It is a valuable time for the group to further develop friendships and social skills, where quieter children or children whose second language is English have the opportunity to sit and listen to developmentally appropriate conversation which can be guided when necessary by adults. Something interesting that a Aiden, Daniel and Evandar were discussing this week, was how yoghurt was made. This is something we may explore more in the future. Daniel commented that "a cow makes milk and then yoghurt".