Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events and General Reminders

  • Thank you to those who kindly donated to the Cancer Council. The box will still be available if you would like to donate.
  • 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. Please return any your child has borrowed as we are running short.

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

Wild Weather

The weather this week has inspired lots of varied conversation. We heard the thunder and saw the lightning and rain during some play outside. The rain and wind became worse and Cooper decided to draw a tornado. Mrs Dickson searched for a picture on the computer, which then encouraged others to attempt drawing one too. There were many different versions. We discussed what we could hear and what we could see.

As a follow up to our weather discussion, some different materials were provided for the children to use in their art/craft weather creations. Fabulous rain and storm pictures were made and the children enjoyed using their imagination.

  • Children broaden their understanding of the world they live in.
  • Children demonstrate an increased understanding of the natural environment.

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

Physical Fun

We decided to practice our balancing skills on the logs. Sometimes we have our equipment set up but not everyone chooses to participate. This gives us an opportunity to have a go as a whole class. Some children have highly competent skills, while others are still developing.

It's important that they take risks in order to achieve and face the challenge. Everyone was very happy to try, and those that needed assistance, got a helping hand. It was also great fun just to run.

  • They accept challenges and take considered risks.
  • They move through their environment confidently and safely.
  • They combine gross and fine motor and balance to achieve increasingly complex movement.
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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


Lately, the children have shown lots of interest in cooking activities- in the sandpit and with playdough. Mrs Royston provided the opportunity for the class to make damper. There were only three ingredients- flour, salt and milk. We discussed the colour- white and whether there would be changes when cooked.

Ella said, "It will turn brown."

Emanuel said, "It will get hot."

Everyone added the ingredients, stirred and mixed. The damper was placed onto the tray and cooked in the oven. It smelled great and was very tasty. The children were able to try it with warm with butter and jam. It was very yummy!

  • They engage in learning relationships.
  • They transfer knowledge from one setting to another.
  • They make predictions about experiences.

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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

Penguins in the Fridge

Following the children's interest in penguin drawing last week, Mrs Royston found some penguin stories to read. "Penguins in the Fridge" was one of those chosen. The children really enjoyed the story about the boy who wasn't allowed a pet. So, he created his own penguin to be his pet. However, one grew to many and they were stored in the fridge as they needed a cold place to stay. Eventually his mum and dad bought him a fish. The penguins in the fridge then came out, which made mum happy as she could now fit her shopping in.

At the end of the book was a guide to create a penguin.

Ella said, "I want to make a penguin."

Piper said, " Can I make one too?"

We found some cardboard tubes and provided the right paint and other materials for the children to use. They were very busy and creative and some fine penguins were made!

  • They share stories and use the creative arts to express ideas and make meaning.