Yesterday, the preps had a visit from Holly Vitale and her son Fin, to learn more about the walking school bus.
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Last week included some big events, including Italian day on Monday, and the Collingwood Children’s Farm excursion on Thursday. Both were huge events where our preps enjoyed new experiences to support their learning at school. We will post some prep writing and photos soon.
Another new experience last week was playing on the oval for the first time! The prep students have demonstrated their excellent skills in showing our school values and using problem solving steps when outside in the playground, and we are confident they will continue this in their new extended play areas. The oval provides more room for running around, kicking balls, general frolicking, foraging in the bushes, as well as finding new places to sit and have a relaxing chat. This also coincided with National Tree Planting day, where each prep class planted their own tree along the fence along Bent St. We look forward to watching these grow and change with the students over the next few years!
PREPS ENJOYING THEIR FIRST DAY ON THE OVAL!
As part of learning about how to stay healthy, the prep classes did an experiment to find out about how clean (or germy) our hands are, and what the effects of this can be!
We started with an apple cut into 2 pieces. One piece went straight into a jar without being touched. We called this Apple A.
The next piece got handed around to each member of the class to touch and hold before going into its jar. We called this Apple B.
We waited for about a week or so and then recorded our observations about the changes and effects of the bacteria on our hands (even though our hands didn’t look dirty at the time).
We discussed what we thought this experiment may have taught us:
“It taught me that there were germs on our hands”
“Germs can make things go yucky”
“You can spread germs by touching things”
“You have to wash your hands!”
We have lots of enthusiastic scientists in Prep and we look forward to making some more scientific observations next term, in our unit on “Our World of Animals”.
In term three MPPS will also celebrate Science Week – keep an eye out for events coming up!
For our Buddies session this week, we ask our little buddies what they would like to eat in a “Healthy Lunch” and everyone said thing like carrot, tomato, cheese and ham. So we decided in our next hour we spend with our buddies, to make our very own healthy lunch all our buddies planned what they will have in their lunches. We drew labeled diagrams and made lists of all the things we would have, and let me tell you, everyone was super healthy! I think everyone liked the lesson and I think everyone is looking forward to the next one too.