We believe that teaching and learning must be centred on the child and in line with the Early Years Learning Framework, a balance between play based learning and intentional teaching.
Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. Planned and incidental learning occurs throughout the day as a whole class, in small groups and individually, to guide and extend the children’s thinking, learning and development.The learning environments are welcoming and stimulating spaces that engage all children. They are flexible and responsive to the needs, interests and abilities of each child.
The indoor and outdoor areas offer opportunities for the children to develop and extend their learning encouraging open-ended interactions, exploration, spontaneity and discovery.
The Picasso Cow
We have been selected as one of the schools around Australia to be involved in the Picasso Cow Program. The Kindy children were thrilled to welcome our Picasso Cow last week. There was much excitement and amazement from the children and staff. Our Picasso Cow will live in our Kindy Barnyard forever for all to see.
This exciting free program provides an engaging way to learn about the Australian dairy industry, its products, and health and nutrition benefits, all while decorating a life-size fibreglass cow. This program will complement our Healthy Eating program.
Over this term our cow needs to be painted to encourage healthy eating. Mrs Sheridan is helping us with the design and will lead and assist the children with the decorating. All the Kindy, Pre-Primary and some students in upper year levels will have the opportunity to paint our Picasso Cow.
The first thing we had to do was to name her. There have been endless discussions that has involved the whole school. The students had the opportunity to write a name of their choice on a sticky note and place it on the cow in the library. The six best names were chosen and then we had a final vote amongst all the classes.
Some of the creative name suggestions were: Missy Moo, Bessie, Milkette, Sundae, Mini Moo, Lola and even a Shakespeare! We had many submissions of the names: Rose, Rosie, Rosa and Bella so with this in mind the voted name for our Picasso Cow is Rosabella!
Once she is decorated there will have to be a beautiful rose somewhere on Rosabella!
Thank you to all the students and staff who participated.
Teddy Bear Hospital Incursion
Last Friday students in Kindy B Group had Curtin University medical students visit for a Teddy Bear Hospital Incursion. The student doctors role played being ‘Teddy Doctors’. The aim of the incursion is to alleviate children's fear with regards to the health care setting and provide a fun filled and enjoyable experience. The children enjoyed speaking to the ‘Teddy Doctors’ about the health and wellbeing of their teddies. They learnt to bandage broken and sore teddy legs and arms. Listen to their heartbeats and take their temperature. It was a very successful morning.
Denise Tjhung & Mary Wills