Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • Preschool Concert Date- Wednesday 5 December. 12 noon. More details to come.

    • Magician Show- Wednesday 21 November. Payment due as soon as possible. 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 is warming up and lunches are not refrigerated. Afternoon tea is placed in the fridge.

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

Pretend play time!

Charbel, Raphael, and Daniel put on a show for their classmates. Tickets were sold and seats were provided for the audience to watch the show. The three boys used a variety of props to engage the audience as their story unfolded.The performance was very entertaining and kept the audience intrigued. The three boys took turns adding to the storyline as the show went on, they were excited to have their fellow classmates choose to come and watch the show.

Raphael said, "Someone needs to say action!".......

  • Children feel safe, secure and supported
  • Children approach new safe situations with confidence
  • Children engage in and contribute to shared experiences
  • Children confidently explore and engage with social and physical environments through relationships and play.
  • Children openly express their feelings and ideas in their interactions with others.

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

The large tree in the main playground was being cut down and attracted a very interested crowd. The children were excited as they watched the tree loppers cut down the branches as they flew through the air landing on the ground, then watching the workmen feed them in the wood chipper.

The children watched as the machinery and workmen carried out the tree lopping. The scene outside the playground led the children to talk about different jobs that people do and we read a story called, "When I grow up." The children then took turns to share with the group about what they would like to be when they grow up.

Daniel "I want to be a builder so I can build stuff."

Oliver "A paramedic because they save people."

Harper "The person who paints peoples nails, so I can clean dirty nails".

Cove "A ghost buster, so I can put ghosts in my pack".

Aiden "An Engineer."

Raphael "A secret agent, and spy on bad guys".

Evandar "A hair cutter, and if you don't like your hair I will cut it and give you a new one".

Charbel "An Engineer, so I can draw plans for the builder".

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

Let's Go Dance

The children on Tuesday were absolutely delighted to be supported in their desire to have an impromptu 'disco". The Pelican's had the Kookaburras join them in their room for a fun dance, the children decided whether they wanted to be a dancer, singer or in the audience. Chairs were arranged so the audience could be close to the action. Some children chose to be at the front leading the dance and singing, while others were happy to fine tune their rhythmic skills at the back or in the middle of the group.

This experience was child initiated and supported by the teacher with some very fine dance moves shown by the boys and girls. The "traffic dance" shown by Mrs Nicol was a favourite and challenged even the most coordinated dancer. A congo line was formed with Mrs Dickson at the lead and managed to go quite a distance between both the preschool rooms. Of course, no disco would be complete without "Eye of the Tiger" along with "Who let the dogs out?" and Mrs Steinmann as DJ certainly ensured the 4/5 year old musical expectations were met. It was a lot of fun and it was good to see all of the children participate fully in the spontaneous disco.

  • Children show interest in being part of a group
  • Children are happy, healthy, safe and connected to others
  • Children combine gross and fine motor movement and balance to achieve increasingly complex patterns of activity including dance and creative movement
  • Children respond through movement to contemporary music

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

Paper Prints!

Isabelle and Millie painted a picture together on the easel. At the completion of their work, both girls stood back to admire their masterpiece. Then began the discussion about who was going to take it home. First, they thought of doing another painting together, but then Isabelle came up with a solution to their problem.

Isabelle said, "We can do a paper print of the painting, then we can each take one home".

So the two girls laid the new sheet of paper over the top of their artwork and rubbed the paper gently, then they peeled the top piece of paper down to reveal a copy of the original piece of art. Both girls were excited as they watched the painting appear on a previous blank piece of paper. They carried out the process several more times, making more prints of the original.

  • Children express wonder and curiosity
  • Children investigate new ideas
  • Children explore cause and effect.
  • Children use reflective thinking to consider why things happen