Welcome back

It’s amazing how quickly everyone has settled back in. By quarter past nine Monday morning we’d finished Brain Gym and were sitting in small groups talking about the holidays. This was a great lesson in listening as well as speaking; the children learnt different ways to respond to others, to ask questions and show interest. After a good chat the children headed off to their tables to write.  We started by making a list on the whiteboard – and well done to Connor who quickly worked out how we should spell ‘circus’ by thinking about the spelling rules he’d learnt. After making an extensive list of holiday outings and experiences we got stuck into some wonderful detailed writing.

A few reminders about things coming up this term: we’re having a ‘School Pride Day’ on Friday the 30th of July. ‘School Pride Day’ involves all the children outside working to make our school look great.  We GREATLY value parent help for this – we have many enthusiastic helpers but need some directors so that energy is used well! There’ll be more details about this soon.

The term planner will be coming home this week. Our theme this term is called ‘Let’s Look at a Book’. We’ll be talking about lots of books and authors including Mem Fox, Dr Seuss and Pamela Allen.  The children will also make their own book and you’ll be invited to the book launch towards the end of the term. We’ve also got the Fun Friends Program starting soon, this is an excellent program which works in conjunction with the ‘You Can Do It!’ program. Lots of good fun coming up.

Incursions and birthdays

Well the term has raced and we only have a week to go till the school holidays! And what a busy term it’s been. This week we had some performers visit our school; Big Al, Pancake and Leonie came and taught us some dances and some Aboriginal symbols to use in our art work. Big Al told some fantastic stories about the Dreamtime. Photos will be posted as soon as the camera and the laptop learn to work together on the matter!

We’ve had birthdays galore – Emily, Rowan, Alison and Connor have all turned six and Billie’s got a birthday coming up in the holidays.  We’ve been getting ready for our storytelling theme next term by telling lots of stories together in the class. We’ve had sharks trying to eat mermaids and homeless fairies looking for somewhere to live. Quite a few of the children have reached their 100 nights of reading milestone (well done Sarah Jane, Codi, Mikayla, Landon, Connor and Sam) and there are more certificates to be handed out at assembly next week to Holly, James, Jamie, Billie, April and Ella. Lots of great reading!

A trip to the zoo

The preps had a very successful trip to the Melbourne Zoo. We travelled down by bus and met with Andrew, one of the zoo keepers, who took us behind the scenes where we met a snake, a grumpy turtle and a friendly tree frog. The theme of the day was ‘Feathers, Fur, Skin and Scales’ and the children learned about the different coverings and what these particular coverings do for the animals. After an interesting session with Andrew we set off around the zoo to pay attention to the different coverings on the various animals. We also checked out the new seal enclosure and saw the zoo keepers feed and talk about the seals. It was a fun day and it must be noted that the bus trip home was much quieter than the one down! There were even a few snores to be heard.

Since the zoo trip we’ve spent a lot of time in the classroom talking and reading about animals. We’ve even written a story about a singing fairy who lived in the tiger cage – at least, she lived there until the tiger got fed up with the singing and she had to find a new home. Come into the class to have a look at the book and find out where Curly the fairy goes to live.

The Fun Run and other things…

Well it’s been a busy couple of weeks. We’ve had Mrs. Gauci helping in the classroom – she’s read stories and helped out with lots of activities. On Friday we had to wave goodbye as she headed back to uni, but we’re hoping to see her again. On Friday we had the school fun run – it was a great chance to get out there on the oval and have a bit of exercise (and the occasional rest :). Besides those special sorts of activities, we’ve been working hard in the classroom. This term we’re talking about animals and we’re planning an excursion to the zoo very soon. To get ready for our trip we’ve learned about the different coverings animals have, the sorts of things they need in their enclosures and the different ways we can classify animal

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The fun continues…

SDC11927Our busy week came to an end with a games afternoon outside with the Grade Six Buddies. The Buddies had organised lots of different activities for the preps to do including an obstacle course, footy skills and having a turn on the flying fox. It was a great time for the preps to catch up with the grade sixes and the grade sixes did a brilliant job of supporting the preps as they tried new activities.

Fun and games in the afternoon

Fun and games in the afternoon

Life in Prep B

The term has flown! We’ve learned Brain Gym (just ask us about cross overs and lazy 8s!). We’ve talked about heaps of letters and learnt about Alphabet Town. We’ve practised counting, going all the way up to 100 and we’ve learnt about odd and even numbers (just ask us about the teddies going dancing!).

The passive area

The passive area

A couple of weeks ago we brought our teddies into school. First we spent the morning doing lots of teddy type activities and took then we took the teddies on a picnic. It was a hot blowy day but we all managed to find a nice piece of shade to sit in and enjoy our lunch.