Thursday, 18 October 2018

Home Learning in Term 4


A Moment in Time…
Commencing Week 2 Term 4
As part of our oral language program this term we are continuing to develop our story telling skills. For home learning this term we will use an image to inspire ideas and
create a story. Each week there will be a picture of a moment in time glued into the
home learning book for you to discuss and brainstorm with your child. You will find these images in your child's home learning book:
Here are some questions you can use at home to prompt rich discussions about the
image:

What do you think is happening in the picture?
What do you think may have happened next?
What do you think happened before the picture was taken?
How do you think the people in the picture are feeling?
What would you do if you were in this picture?
Where do you think they are going?
Does this remind you of anything?

Please work with your child to jot down some of their ideas using words or images. This would then be used to assist your child to orally tell their version of the story to their peers on the sharing day.
Here are some examples of some brainstorming that happened in the classroom;
 
Please note this is a creative task so there is no right or wrong way to do this. This is an opportunity to continue to inspire your child to take an interest in words and enrich their vocabulary.
We look forward to hearing the children's creative ideas!!!!
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Kate, Jess, Addie, Carly and Kylie


Monday, 17 September 2018

The Learn to Ride Centre



The Learn to Ride Centre is designed to prepare children for using Canberra's many bike paths and roadways safely and responsibly.




















When we arrived at our destination we discussed the features of the Learn to Ride Centre (traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and road safety signs) and how to ride safely and responsibly.  Students spent the day in their roll group.  Each group took it in turns to ride, play physical education games, explore the balance logs and cubby house.

The children were very responsible when they were riding and took into consideration the skills of others while cycling on the cycle paths.

The children had such a fun day taking part in a new learning experience.  As always, the teachers had just as much fun riding as the students did!

Thank you to Southern Cross Early Learning Centre for letting us come to your school!


Friday, 24 August 2018

Week 5 Happenings

We have had such an incredible week in Kindergarten with lots of fabulous learning along with an excursion and an in school celebration.

On Tuesday all of Kindergarten travelled to Gungahlin College Theatre to be apart of the audience for the very first showing of Fraser Primary Schools' production of My Son Pinocchio. This was a thrilling experience for all the students, especially as they sat in anticipation as the lights went down. No one left disappointed! The students loved talking about their favourite parts as they walked to the bus and travelled back to school. Back at school they were very excited to draw pictures and write letters to the actors and singers who put on such a magical show.

The very next day we celebrated book week by coming to school dressed up as our favourite book characters. The teachers were very impressed with the children's marvellous outfits. Lots of fun was had by everyone, but possibly mostly by the teachers!!!! As part of our celebrations we teamed up with our buddies in year six to read stories and have a picnic lunch together outside. After lunch our buddies came back and altogether we had an awesome costume parade outside. Can we say, the groovers on the parade run-way were out to impress this year!


















We've also enjoyed talking about the much celebrated short listed books for 2018, reading the early childhood book of the year 'Rodney loses it" and sharing our favourite books with our friends.

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We have been busy this week but we have had a blast!

Friday, 17 August 2018

Kindergarten have had an exciting time celebrating National Science Week 'Game Changers and Change Makers'. The Joeys have read books, imagined a world without WIFI, and brainstormed changes they would make, if they were Prime Minister.


The Orange and Blue Joeys have had lots of fun experimenting...







The Red and Green Joeys will investigate this experiment on their next science rotation.

If you would like to try this at home you can find instructions and a short video here:
http://www.questacon.edu.au/outreach/programs/science-circus/videos/storm-in-a-saucer

National Science Week helps to spark curiosity about science and our world across the nation. Kindergarten students have become more aware of amazing discoveries in science that have changed the way we live.

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow - Edward Teller


Book Swap
To celebrate Book Week we are hosting a Book Swap in preschool and kindergarten. We are asking each child to donate one preloved book from home in good condition. Every child who donates a book will be able to choose a new preloved book to call their own. Please bring in a book that you are happy to part with and give it to your class teacher by Tuesday 23 August, ready for book swap.


Friday, 10 August 2018

Wonderful Writing


This term we have been exploring the difference between writing factual texts and imaginative texts. We have been enjoying some memorable experiences to inspire us to produce some fantastic writing pieces. Recently, we ate some delicious fruit salad and talked about some fruit facts before we read some great literature about fruit including 'Posh Pear' and 'Too Many Pears'. With our minds bursting full of ideas we then wrote our own fruit stories.


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It is marvelous to see the children using the 'bump it up wall' to visualise their writing goals and motivate themselves to improve their writing. Another writing technique the children have been using is rereading their writing and using a 'pit stop pencil' to make any edits or corrections they might require.

The teachers are delighted to work with so many wonderful writers!!

Friday, 3 August 2018

Happy 100 Days of Getting Smarter




Happy 100 days of getting SMARTER






Thank you to all students and families for helping to support our '100 Days of Getting Smarter' celebration.  It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to dress up and share their learning with you.  We appreciate you giving up your time and prioritising this event.

After the learning journey we sang 'Happy Birthday to us'.  Our day was filled with many fun and exciting learning experiences.  Students participated in a writing activity based on the concept 'I wish I had 100...'  Students were awarded with a certificate and took part in a 100 year old parade.  We were fortunate to have a photo booth where students had their photo taken. These photos are on display in the windows on the Kindergarten unit.  

We all had such a fun day!.















Friday, 27 July 2018

Term 3 Overview

Term Three in a Nutshell

Literacy

This term the students will continue to learn letters and sounds. As students learn new sounds in the sequence they will move on to learning more complex letter sounds and patterns. Depending on individual student progress they may be learning and reviewing; single letter sounds, digraphs, trigraphs or long vowel sounds. Students are still encouraged to hear sounds in words and use their knowledge of sounds when reading and writing.

Students will be comparing informative and imaginative texts to discover their similarities and differences. With a clear idea of the features of these texts students will be taught how to write factual texts and then be given opportunities to complete creative writing pieces.

Students will continue to learn about text decoding skills and how to use their reading friends when reading. As well as decoding skills they will be taught comprehension strategies to help them acquire a deep level of understanding of texts. Students will look closely at creating images in their mind and making text connections.

Mathematics

This term 'Mini Maths' lessons will continue to operate where students will learn and explore number concepts such as place value, ordering numbers and addition. These concepts are taught using a variety of different visual tools and concrete materials.

As well as number concepts students will learn about mass in measurement. They will use hefting techniques to explore the concept of heavier and lighter and use that language to make comparisons. Later in the term we will be looking at using questions to gather information and record data on picture graphs.

Science

In Science this term students will be investigating what things are made of. They will be exploring the idea of items being natural or man made and the properties of different materials. Following this topic the students will be observing the way things move. They will have opportunities to discover that the way things move varies depending on their size and shape.

Geography

During Geography lessons we will be learning about interpreting simple pictorial representations and mapping familiar places. Students will be observing their surroundings and recording the position of things using a 'bird's eye' perspective. They will see a variety of maps of their local surroundings and be shown different keys, legends and symbols which they can then use to recreate their own maps.

IT

This semester students will be learning how to safely handle and use Chromebooks. They will be taught about the importance caring for the computers as well as safe use of the internet, passwords and personal information. Students will have opportunities to turn on the computers, operate a touch pad and use a keyboard. They will also be learning to log-on to the Chromebooks and open tasks in the Google Classroom.

Art

This term in visual arts students will be responding to visual artworks and will be asked to consider where and why people make artworks. This will encompass visual artworks from Australia including artworks created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Students will identify how design elements such as line, shape and colour are used in their artworks and the artworks of others.


SEL

This term for Social and Emotional Learning we will be learning about social decision-making. We will learn that social decision-making skills help us to consider the consequences of our actions for ourselves and others, and to make thoughtful, effective decisions. This involves;
  • understanding how social situations make us feel
  • considering that different choices can have positive and negative consequences