Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events & General Reminders

  • Kids Into Kindy is held weeks 1-6. The Kookaburra class will attend
  • again in week 5

    • Magician Show- Wednesday 21 November. A note has been placed in the children's note pockets. This is only for children who attend that day

    • Please remember to pack spare clothes (weather appropriate) as the weather is warming up and we will have more water and mud play

    • Just a friendly reminder that it's a good idea to place an ice pack in your child's lunch box. The weather will be warming up soon and lunches are not refrigerated. Afternoon tea is placed in the fridge, so no need for one in there

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

Insect Art

Following on from the flowers and the children's interest in drawing bugs, some pictures were placed at the table for them to use as further inspiration. Studying the pictures and discussing what the insect or creature looked like enables the children to show their appreciation for nature and the world around them. There are many bugs present outside at the moment and the children enjoy searching for them.

It's so wonderful to see how some of the children who did not want to participate in drawing activities previously are now willingly facing the challenge and having a go. Being interested in a topic promotes better learning and assists to guide the children in a positive way. Feeling comfortable in their environment also assists this.

  • Children demonstrate a sense of belonging
  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children explore living things and show a growing appreciation for them
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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

Balancing beam

Ella cleverly made a balance beam with the planks in the sandpit. She very competently walked along just like it was a balance beam.

"I can balance Mrs Royston," she said.

"Wow, that's very clever. Do you do that on the real balance beam?" Mrs Royston replied.

"Yes," Ella said.

Cooper decided he wanted to have a go too. He also managed to walk across and was very proud of himself.

"I did it too," he declared.

They were so competent walking forward, they decided to walk backwards!!!!

How clever!

  • Children combine gross motor skills and balance to achieve complex patterns of movement
  • Children show enthusiasm for participating in physical play
  • Children demonstrate spatial awareness and move around through their environments confidently
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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

Garden Time

As seen earlier in the week, the children have been following an interest in spring and flower creations. In these photos the children were able to add extra features to their work to make their garden more attractive. There was crepe paper grass, yellow circles, matchsticks and pictures of flowers to look at and/or cut out. Some even drew insects and other creatures.

It's great to see children use imagination and creativity in their work and transfer their knowledge between different learning opportunities.

  • Children initiate and contribute to play experiences emerging from their own ideas
  • Children follow and extend their own interests
  • Children persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement
  • Children transfer knowledge from one setting to another

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

Fishing for Letters

Mrs Dickson has been helping the children practice writing their names. While doing this, she also asks the children to say each letter of their name, thus helping to spell it out. To assist with this letter recognition, we played a fishing game with the letters. Each child was asked to find a particular letter and catch it with the fishing rod. This activity was easy for some and a little tricky for others. Their friends tried to help if someone was unsure.

Knowing the letters of one's name is important for recognition of, and the sounding out of letters when beginning to read. We will continue to use different activities to support this learning over the rest of the year.

  • Children begin to understand key literacy concepts, processes and letter-sound relationships
  • Children develop an understanding that symbols are a powerful means of communication
  • Children begin to be aware of oral and written representations