The Gould League – WASTE WARRIORS!

On Tuesday we went to the Gould League to learn about the many ways we can care for our common home. We learnt so much about the earth and its natural treasures.

Preps, talk to your families all about the things you learnt. Watch the slideshow to remind yourself of all the things we did at the Gould League. You can watch the Recycle Relays below and tell your families all about the things you can recycle to reduce rubbish going to land fill.  We can all do small things to make a big difference to our environment. Ask Mum and Dad to help you write a comment telling us how you are a Waste Warrior!

How can you be a WASTE WARRIOR?

How does your family care for our common home?

How are We Called to Care for our Common Home?

For Inquiry this semester we are looking at ways we can care for our world. We have noticed that in our own school environment there are times when we see lots of rubbish. We have been thinking of ways we can share the message that we all need to care for God’s creation – our common home.

The Preps decided we could do the following:

  • create posters to ask others to pick up rubbish
  • make announcements to remind everyone to pick up their rubbish and put it in the right bin
  • talk  to the whole school at assembly about the rubbish in our playground

The Preps also thought they could show this slideshow at assembly to remind everyone that we need to take care of our environment.

During Literacy we are reading many books to help us learn about caring for the environment. We read a funny story called ‘Hey! What’s that Nasty Whiff?’ by Julia Jarman and Garry Parsons. The animals were not looking after their home on the savannah so Vulture and Hyena (who worked very hard to care for the environment) created a contract for the animals to sign promising they would help to keep their home clean. We thought very hard about what we could do to help the environment and wrote our own promises – here they are!

Aslan– I promise to clean my school so people don’t step on the rubbish.

Liam – I promise to put rubbish in the bin and recycling in the right bin.

Lachie – I promise to look after the world by turning off the lights and saving electricity.

Emily – I promise to clean up the school and recycle.

Jacob – I promise to clean up my house by picking up rubbish.

Bella – I promise to recycle cardboard.

I promise to clean up my home by putting it in the bin.

Blake – I promise to clean up my house by picking up rubbish.

Harriet – I promise to turn off the lights.

I promise to turn off my lights every time I go out of my room.

Xavier – I promise to turn off my lights and turn the tap off.

Layla – I promise to turn the lights off when I go away and to turn off the tap.

Ziad – I promise to turn off the lights when I go away.

Cooper– I promise to use fossil fuels less.

Harmony – I promise to recycle to help the environment.

Taylar – I promise to turn off the lights

I promise to clean up the world.I will turn the taps off and I will never bring plastic bags. Luke

I promise to never drop rubbish. I promise to never waste water. Emily

I promise to pick up rubbish and I will remind my mum and dad not to use plastic bags. Maddie

I promise to clean the world so people don’t slide on the rubbish. Samantha

I promise to recycle plastic and rubbish and things that you can recycle. Iris

I promise to not leave the tap on. Ari

I promise to recycle paper scraps. Noah

I promise to clean up rubbish. Reece

I promise to pick up rubbish to care for our environment. Ford

I promise to not waste water. Jacob

I promise to not waste water and turn off the water. Leon

I promise when I go to the supermarket I will bring a bag. Hannah

I promise to recycle bottles, paper and cardboard. Sebastian

I promise to not litter. Sean

I promise to never use plastic bags. Jessie

I promise to not use bags from the supermarket and use bags from home. Eva

I promise to recycle plastic and put it in the bin. I will grow figs on a fig tree and grapes on a grape vine. Charlotte

What can you do to care for our common home – our wonderful world?

A very busy Term Three!

We have had another busy and exciting term in Prep.

One of our favourite days in Prep is Letterland Day! All the Preps dress up as their favourite Letterland characters to celebrate all the wonderful learning we have done so far this year. A big thank you to all our parents who make the day such a happy one by helping out with costumes and attending our parade. Here we are!

100 Days of Prep Celebration

On Tuesday we celebrated 100 days of school for our beautiful Preps. We are very proud of their great learning and enthusiasm for all our activities. We have watched them grow in confidence to take risks and have a go when things seem challenging. They are respectful and kind classmates. We think they are amazing!

Our Grade Six buddies helped to celebrate the day by bringing 100 balloons to our classroom. What a great surprise!

 

The Preps created portraits of how they think they will look when they are 100 years old.

The Tiny Seed

Once again our Preps have been inspired to create beautiful art pieces based on the wonderful books we read and share. As we are focusing on what living things need to grow and change, Eric Carle’s book ‘The Tiny Seed’ was a great way to introduce what happens to a tiny seed and to follow its growth journey. The Preps worked with water colours, glitter paint, collage and pure imagination to create these stunning works of art. We were excited to see all the different effects we created by using water colours and glitter paint to create the flower petals. So many varied colours and patterns. We hope you enjoy our masterpieces!

How Do I Grow and Change?

We have watched our Hairy Heads grow and change. Our chickens changed before our very eyes. Now we need to think about how we grow and change. What do we need to help us grow? Is it the same as our Hairy Heads? Or our chickens?

We are excited to have our Preps complete their own personal time lines showing us how they have grown and changed from birth to present day. Some of the ideas we asked the Preps to think about were –

When I was born I was …. (What did I look like? What did I do? What did I need?)

When I was a toddler….(What did I look like? What did I do? What did I need?)

When I went to kinder…. (What did I look like? What did I do? What did I need?)

Now I’m at school… (What do you look like? What do you do? What do you need?)

Over the coming days the Preps will share their special stories.

We were very lucky to have some very special visitors to Prep K. Jessie’s baby brother Aubrey and their Mum Bridie came to see us and talk about what babies need to grow and change. Aubrey is such a happy baby who is growing and changing so quickly. We loved his cheeky smile!

 

We learnt that babies need lots of love and care to keep them happy and healthy.

Sean Babies need love.

Eva Babies need lots of sleep then their brain can get working.

Reece Babies need milk because they only drink milk.

Jessie Babies need lots and lots of healthy food.

Luke Babies need dummies to help them stop crying.

What do you need to grow and change?

I Discovered ……..

We have learnt so much about how a chicken is born and what our little chicks need to grow and change. Here are our discoveries.
Isabella
I noticed that the eggs will hatch when they start to cheep inside the egg.

Taylar
I learnt that chicks drink water and eat food. Chicks have beaks and run around in the playpen.

Xavier
I learnt that the chicks eat Weetbix crumble and there can be black and golden chicks. The black chicks come out of the white eggs and the golden chicks come out of the brown eggs.

Layla
I learnt that chickens eat food and drink water.

Blake
I learnt that chicks hatch out of the egg with their tooth.

Aslan
I learnt that hens look after their babies. They have the eggs in the nest and sit on them to keep them safe and warm.

Lachlan
I learnt that the black chicks come out of the white eggs and the gold chicks come out of the brown eggs.

Harrie
I discovered that they crack the egg with their tooth. The hen sits on the eggs to keep them warm.

Harmony
I learnt that chicks grow older and get feathers. They turn into a hen.

Cooper
I noticed that the chicks were starting to grow their grown up feathers. I discovered that the chicks are nearly all identical.

Olivia
I learnt that the chicks use their beak to hatch. Chicks grow into a hen and lay eggs.

Jakob
I learnt that the chicks grow into mother hens. Chicks drink water and eat food.

Emily
I learnt that the egg hatches by the chick using their tooth,

Liam
I learnt that chicks use their tooth to hatch out of the egg. The chicks can be yellow and black.

Harriet
I noticed that the chicks peck out of their shell. The eggs were white and brown.

Ziad
I learnt that the chicks hatch using their beak. They drink water.

Jessie
I discovered that chicks can almost fly.

Charlotte
I discovered the chickens have an egg tooth to crack the egg.

Sebastian
I discovered that the chicks needed water and food and warmth to grow.

Luke
I discovered that the chickens eat seeds.

Noah
I discovered there are black chickens and they come out of white eggs.

Jacob
I discovered that the chicks use their egg tooth to hatch out of their egg.

Reece
I discovered that chickens flap their wings but they can’t fly.

Eva
I discovered that the chicks grow new feathers.

Emily
I discovered that the chicks peck out of their egg with their egg tooth.

Maddie
I discovered that when the chicks come out of the egg they speak first.

Iris
I discovered that when the chicks get REALLY tall they can stretch out their necks.

Ari
I discovered that the chicks can grow bigger.

Hannah
I discovered that black chickens come out of white eggs and yellow chickens come out of brown eggs.

Leon
I discovered that the chicks need the light to make them warm.

Ford
I discovered that chickens can fly a little bit but they don’t fly a lot.

Sean
I discovered that the chicks can run fast and jump high.

Samantha
I discovered that when the chicks hatch they can walk by themselves.

We are very proud of our Preps and all that they have learnt about how living things grow and change.

What have you discovered? What have you noticed? What have you learnt?

Good-bye to our chicks!

We could not believe how quickly our little chicks started to grow and change. We noticed that their baby down feathers were being replaced with new feathers. We also noticed that our slightly older chicks had begun to grow tail feathers! They were also becoming more active and fluttery in the playpen. It was time for our little chicks to go to their new home on the farm. We have loved watching them grow and change. We have also learnt so much about what living things need to grow. We think that all living things need lots of love to help them grow!

Here we are holding our chicks. They felt warm and soft. We were very careful to hold them properly so that they would feel safe and comfortable. We will miss our chicks especially their lovely cheeping sounds that greeted us everyday.


Our Chickens!Kizoa Movie – Video – Slideshow Maker

Egg-citing Times in Prep

We have been very excited to welcome some special visitors to the Prep classrooms this week. The Henny Penny Hatching program has allowed us to watch the miracle of new life. We are also learning how to care for our chicks and that they need lots of things to help them grow and change. We will post our discoveries next week.

Look! A brand new chick in the incubator.

It is hard work coming into the world.

Why is there a light in the playpen?

The playpen keeps our chicks safe.

We were very lucky to watch one of our chicks hatch right before our eyes. In the words of one of our Prep’s – ‘It’s adorable!’

(click on the title of the post to see the video full size)