Our very first excursion!

On Thursday last week we visited the Lego Education Centre at Docklands. All children were extremely excited as it was our very first excursion and we had been counting down the sleeps for what felt like forever.

You can view the bus trip to our arrival at the Lego Centre in the slideshow below.

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During our first activity we were learning about animals and the different kinds of habitats that they live in. We had to construct their habitats using Lego. We also had the chance to use life-size Lego blocks to create a creature or animals with.

You can view our first activity and recess in the slideshow below.

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For our second activity we had to make a house that was strong enough to stop the big bad wolf from getting one of the little pigs. We were learning about overlapping and the techniques needed to make a strong house. We worked as a team to build a house. All of our teams were able to stop the big bad wolf from getting in!

Our final activity explored the way gears, levers and pulleys are used to make moving toys. We got to create 3 toys – a jack in the box, a spinning top and a spinning wheel. We worked very well with our partner to create our toys, so well in fact that we had spare time at the end to create our very own toy using a range of Lego materials.

You can view our last 2 activities in the slideshow below.

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We had a really fun day and learnt lots about constructing toys. A huge thank you to the wonderful parent helpers that accompanied us on the day.

What was your favourite part of the Lego excursion?

Do you have Lego at home? Tell me about it.

Education Week

On Thursday afternoon last week we celebrated Education Week by opening our classrooms to our parents. The afternoon was a chance for us to teach our parents some of the wonderful maths games we have been learning. If we didn’t have a parent visit us we played the same games with a partner. There were lots of different games to choose from. You can have a look at our slideshow below.

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Which game was your favourite and why?

Today we continued an Education week activity by buddying up with the grade 4’s to explore coding.

The grade 4’s brought their iPad’s and helped us to code an Angry Birds or Frozen game. The grade 4’s were extremely helpful and the activity was very engaging. We had fun telling our characters what to do using codes and found coding our first ever game lots of fun!

You can find the website here and by clicking on the photo below.

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You can also have a look at the slideshow below to see us working.

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What did you enjoy most about working with the Grade 4’s?

Vivid Visualising

This term the prep children have been learning all about Visualising. It’s a very important skill that will help us to be better readers. Have a look at the poster below so you know what Visualising is all about.

We have read lots of different books and poems to help us practise our visualising skills. We even learnt a funny song. You can look at the covers of some of the books we used, read some of the poems and watch the song below.

 

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Below is a slideshow of some of the work we have been doing on Visualising.

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Make sure you are practising visualising when you are reading at home or when mummy or daddy are reading you a story.

Do you have a favourite visualising story or poem?

 

Wacky Wednesday

It all began with that shoe on the wall. A shoe on a wall…? Shouldn’t be there at all. Then I looked up and I said “oh, MAN!” and that’s how Wacky Wednesday began.

It certainly was a very Wacky Wednesday indeed. The prep classrooms at New Gisborne PS had changed somewhat, leaving us wondering what had happened there overnight! When we walked in there were no chairs and there were stools on some of the tables! The bin was in the middle of the room and the caddies had been turned upside down. Miss Hunichen had even written the date upside down!! What a wacky wacky morning.

Everyone was dressed in very crazy outfits…. Some of us mustn’t have been able to find the pairs for our shoes and socks this morning! And don’t even ask about our hair!

Miss Hunichen started the day by saying…… up hurry, up hurry, down sit, down sit…. And then she said…. morning good d prep…. What on earth had happened to her!!! She called the roll starting from the bottom and she read our last names first!! It was going to be a very silly day!

After having our photos taken we spent the morning in the other prep grades participating in fun rotations, learning wacky songs and dances and reading the Wacky Wednesday story. We had such a silly time!

Have a look at our wacky selves in the slideshow below.

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What was your favourite part of Wacky Wednesday?

Can you remember all the wacky things about Miss Hunichen?

Happy Mother’s Day


Dozen Roses Love Note

The children of Prep D have been particularly excited about Mother’s Day this week. Throughout the week each of the children have spoken about their special mum, grandma or aunty during Show and Tell time. We visited the Mother’s Day on Thursday and purchased some lovely gifts for our mummies. We worked with our buddies to make a vase of cardboard, hand-print flowers to say thanks to our mums and they also helped us to make a card as well as wrapping the gifts we had bought at the Mother’s Day stall.

You can have a look at the video below to see how we made our hand-print flowers.

 

On Friday we read two stories about Mums and then had a go at writing why our mums were special to us. Here are your children’s responses…..

MUMMY YOU ARE SPECIAL BECAUSE…..

You play soccer with me. John

You take me to gymnastics. Abbi

You give me good hugs and kisses. Myah

You give me lots of cuddles. Max

You watch movies with me. Connor

You kick the footy with me and we go to the park. Liam

You cook with me. Chelsea

You take me to swimming nearly every weekend. Joe

You give me lots of kisses. Lyla

You give me hugs and kisses. Ava

When we go out you put on your best perfume and it smells really nice. Leon

You cuddle me in bed. Eloise

You always give me lots of cuddles and because you always give me big kisses. Emily

You cook really yummy pumpkin soup. Matilda

You give me nice kisses. Isaac

What did you do with your mum on Mother’s Day?