Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events and General Reminders

  • Unfortunately, due to lack of interest we have cancelled our Cancer Council fundraising afternoon tea, this Friday 8 June. However, if you would still like to donate please mention this to the teachers.
  • Please bring wet weather gear on Friday for ball skills, just in case.
  • Photos have arrived. You may view them and then decide whether you'd like to purchase the whole pack, or individual pages.
  • Please ensure your child's sunscreen is full. Although the cooler months are here, we are still required to have protection from the sun. This also includes correct hats.
  • Spare clothes are still needed. The children are still eager to play in the dirt and mud.
  • StEPs Vision screening will take place again tomorrow.

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

Dinosaur House

Adam began working with the blocks and dinosaurs. He carefully placed the blocks around and then the dinosaurs.

"I'm making a dinosaur house," he said.

Soon, Taylor decided to follow Adam's idea and build a similar structure. Ivy too joined in, creating her own little play area. She also joined in using Adam's house, which he kindly allowed.

They worked with their creations and enjoyed using their imagination in their play.

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

I Can Jump Puddles

It was great to get outside during a break in the rain. Everyone was very eager to have a run and let off some steam. There was a big puddle in the playground. Almost everyone thought it would be fun to try and jump the puddle. It was, and luckily, noone got their feet wet.

Some decided to get themselves into the spirit completely. There was a big puddle right near the mud kitchen also. When it was seen that those who wanted to play here had spare clothes, they got stuck in the mud! There was lots of engagement in the natural environment as the children experienced play after the rain.

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

Fossil Diggings

Cooper and Cove began digging in our dirt near the mud kitchen.

"What are you digging for boys?" asked Mrs Royston.

"Fossils," answered Cove.

"Look, I found a fossil," said Cooper.

"Wow. What sort of fossil do you think it is?" inquired Mrs Royston.

"It's a dinosaur fossil," said Cove.

"I found a shark tooth," announced Cooper.

"Goodness, how do you think a shark got in here?" added Mrs Royston.

"Millions of years ago, maybe this was covered by the ocean," stated Cove.

"What clever thinking," praised Mrs Royston.


Joshua decided to join in too. "What are you finding Joshua?" asked Mrs Royston.

"Rocks. Fossil rocks," he said.


The children enjoyed playing and discovering in the mud kitchen. They used their imagination and creativity in their play. They also used their previous knowledge to explain and understand what they were doing.

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

Ladybird Numbers

The children showed interest in using the ladybird number cards. They were recognising the numeral and counting the corresponding dots to check. There was great skill seen as there were many ladybirds drawn too. Some children copied the correct number of dots onto their ladybird to match. Attempts were made to write the numeral too. Excellent numeracy skills were displayed.