There are plenty of exciting things happening in Foundation this term. Take a look at some snapshots of what happened in Foundation today, Wednesday the 1st of May!
Prep A were busy focused on writing a retell of a book The Huggles’ Hug.
Prep C were very focused during a maths lesson on collecting and recording Data.
Wow, where has this term gone!? We are almost at the end of term 2 with the holidays providing a well deserved break for all. It’s been a very busy few weeks in prepland! We’ve had some of the grade 1/2 teachers coming into chat with students during the morning assembly. They have been sharing what it’s like to be in grade 1/2. Naturally the prep students had many questions to ask, some which included “What do you write about? What do we do in grade 1/2?”. It’s been fantastic to learn about what it’s like to be in grade 1/2.
Aged Care Facility
Today Prep C walked down to the aged care facility. The students were amazing at showing the school values on the way to and from the park. Students spent the morning chatting to the residents and singing songs. It was such a glorious morning that we walked through the park on the way back to school.
A big thank you to the Prep families for sending in a plethora of boxes for us to use during developmental play last Friday! We had a great time putting our design and technology skills to use in making all manner of creative things (which we were very, very excited to take home!). The day was made even more special by getting to dress up as an animal for the day. Who would have thought that school would be this much fun?!
We started our additive thinking unit in Prep this week. We are learning to join two parts to make a whole of total. These photos show the end of Alice’s group, making number sentences.
Letters and Sounds
The Preps have been learning all about the sound that the letters ‘th’ make when they are together in words. In Prep A, we made some tooth fairies who like to collect teeth with ‘th’ words on them! We had a great discussion about what the tooth fairy does with all those teeth she collects! J I wonder if our Prep A families can help us find more ‘th’ words in our daily readers to add to our list?!
This Friday the preps will be doing some developmental play using boxes! If you have any spare boxes at home, please send them in.
This week was very exciting for the foundation students. Here is a snapshot of what we got up to!
Earlier this week…
The Preps were very excited to meet the gorgeous Heather, who is in training to be a seeing eye dog. She is currently living with a MPPS family, so you might see Heather around the school at drop off or pick up times. Katrina brought Heather into the Prep rooms and it was a great experience for the Preps to learn about the wonderful work that seeing eye dogs do and what it’s like to live with a puppy who goes to school just like we do! In literacy, we have been learning all about asking questions, so we asked (a very patient) Katrina lots and lots of questions! I think our biggest surprises were that we weren’t allowed to touch Heather while she is wearing her harness and that she isn’t allowed to play fetch with balls. A great way to put our questioning skills into action!
Prep B completed their very first VIP writing task. Each week students take it in turns being selected for the VIP (Very Important Prep). The teacher chooses a student and the class discusses what that student is good at, what they are liked and why they are special. Each student then writes a letter and draws a picture to the VIP. The letters are then put into a very special book for the VIP to take home. Throughout the year each student will get the opportunity to be the VIP. Here are some photos of the amazing writing that was done today!
This afternoon Prep C did some visual arts exploration.They learnt about drawing, specifically about rubbings! A rubbing is a drawing technique where paper is placed over a textured surface or a shape. The paper is gently rubbed with the side of a pencil and the texture appears on the paper. Take a look at there awesome explorative work.
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Today was a fantastic day in Prep! Take a look at what we got up to…
Prep B spent some time in mindful meditation today. Each day students at MPPS engage in some form of mindfulness.
If you would like to practice mindfulness at home with your child. Feel free to seek out the information in the following websites. Thanks to Alice for providing this information in last weeks newsletter.
Smiling Mind is a wonderful app. You can listen to the ‘Home Practice’ section for your child’s year level to reinforce and show you what they have been learning at school. Alternatively, you can listen to ones to help with sleep or sport, etc.
Gonoodle is a great website that we use at school, especially in the younger years. There are different channels on the website for differ- ent purposes. The channels that include mindfulness practise is Flow, Empower Tools and Think About It.
Peaceful Kids is a website that offers a limited but lovely collection of guided meditations.
This week in Prep, we have been learning all about location in maths. We have been practicing giving directions to someone else by using location words such as in front of, behind, next to, under, over, through and around. Today we went to the SPC and completed an obstacle course by giving our friends directions! Then we did some amazing writing about it!
Prep C went to visit our friends at the aged care facility. Students were very excited to visit the friends they made a few weeks ago. They took their whiteboards to draw pictures together and practise their writing. We chatted about football, our favourite foods and colours and just generally enjoyed being in each others company. We also had a chance to sing some songs, including a resident favourite Catch a falling star. Thanks to the fantastic parent helpers that come with us each time!
Today was a great day in Prep!
Here are some pictures of Prep B learning about time in Maths. They discussed events from their day as well as the days of the week and sequenced them in the order.
The curious students in Prep C were busy learning how to ask questions this morning. They used words such as Where, Why, How and When to ask questions when looking at the front cover of a picture story book.
Prep students also had a First Aid session with St John First Aid. Students in prep and year 1 learnt about what to do in an emergency situation. They learnt the DRS part of DRSABCD which stands for Danger, Response and Send for Help. Parents and carers be sure to ask your prep student what they learnt during this session, as it is super important to discuss this as a family.
Prep C continued learning about line this afternoon and created a line artwork. They talked about the different lines they knew and used this knowledge to create an artwork. We will finish these off next Wednesday.
Earlier this week three foundation students along with Leigh walked down to the aged care facility for a very special presentation. They were presented with a certificate by the mayor of Moonee Valley, thanking them for their work at Doutta Galla. What a wonderful experience for the students and fantastic for this program to be celebrated within the community.
The photo below is Prep A doing a book walk in the classroom, choosing different books and discussing why they like and don’t like about them.
Here we have Prep A cleaning up the school and discussing how important it is to put rubbish in the bin!
Today, Wednesday the 22nd of May was a very special day as Foundation students joined the entire school in the gym for simultaneous story time. This special program runs every year where a picture story book written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries and schools across the country. This years book was Alpacas with Maracas, written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove.
Prep C did a special visual arts activity linked to the story. They discussed many different lines and created line charts, then used their new knowledge of line to decorate their very own maracas. These are some examples of their artworks.
Today, Foundation C walked down to meet some new friends at the aged care facility. On our way, we spoke about all of the colourful trees and flowers. The Autumn leaves were in full swing!
The students spent some time singing for the residents and getting to know them. They did a great job asking questions such as, What’s your name? What footy team do you go for? What’s your favourite food?
We walked back to school through Queens park, noticing the ducks, dogs and beautiful plants. It was a lovely day!