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Lower First news (Kindy)

11
March
2020

Big steps in Lower 1st

In Lower 1st, we are encouraging the children to come into the classrooms on their own at the start of the school day. We are encouraging them to be independent by hanging up and unpacking their own bags and coming into the classroom or walking to the playground.

The letters we looked at this week were Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx and Yy. 

In Science we constructed 4 different types of clouds (cirrus, stratus, cumulus and cumlonimbus) using cotton wool.  Our buddies helped us with this activity.  in Maths we looked at different words for subtraction: take and away and minus.  In History we talked abouty Aboriginal dreamtime stories and how we pass stories from one generation to another generation.  We looked at the dreamtime story of Tiddalick the frog.

Another great week of learning in Lower 1st!

 

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06
March
2020

Some things we did this week in Lower 1st

In Lower 1st (Kindergarten) this week we learnt about the sounds and shapes of the letters Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss and Tt.  In writing, we wrote about our weekend, using our sight words.  In maths we did addition of numbers 1 - 10.  In science we are learning about clouds.  History lessons have been discussions about how families differ.  In comprehension we have been considering different directions.  And at buddy time, which is our favourite part of the week, the 6th Class Art Monitors planned a lovely lesson for us to do with our 6th class buddies. 

Simone Cipollone
Teacher

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14
February
2020

The fun and learning in Lower 1st so far!

Lower 1st have been learning about the letters aA, bB, cC, dD,eE and writing our name.  In maths, we have been singing number songs, counting forwards and backwards and looking closely at the numbers 1 and 2.  In Science, we discussed where we belong in the world (Australia) and how weather differs depending on where we live. 

We've had a big focus on class routines and class rules, manners and being a good friend, and this all fits in well with our ongoing discussions about our School Values.

In Art, the children created artworks reflecting the Year of the Rat for Luna New Year, using crayons, paint, scissors and glue. Today in buddy time they made valentines cards for their parents.

Mrs Cooper and Miss Cipollone
Teachers

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15
November
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

Lower 1st performed in their first Shakespeare production this year and entertained us all with their clear diction and well-rehearsed stagecraft. Every child performed their part with enthusiasm and attention. Every detail had been carefully considered right down to the beautiful character drawings in the program. It was wonderful to see some of our future parents in the audience to see what young children can achieve after one year at school. It is always striking to witness the ability that  such young children have, to connect with the depth of meaning in the words of Shakespeare.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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28
June
2019

Digging up the past

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Lower 1st became archaeologists this week and dug up several mysterious artifacts. We discussed what they could be, who used them and how and what they told us about the people who have lived before us.
Miss Bower and Miss Marley, Teachers

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28
June
2019

100 days!

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Lower 1st marked the last day of Term 2 with a special morning tea to celebrate 100 days of school learning!

 

 

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10
May
2019

Wonderful world of wild animals for Lower 1st

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Lower 1st learnt about our native animals and birds at Featherdale Wildlife Park this week.  There were lots of sleepy children on the bus ride home!  See more photos on our Facebook page.

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21
September
2018

Prac student shares her love of teaching

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Lower First M students have had many rich learning experiences in Literacy and Numeracy lessons this week.
They have been engaging greatly with their sentence writing. They have had a main focus on understanding the concepts of poems and their language techniques (especially adjectives and punctuation), in order to create their very own colour poem! The students loved to explore their imagination and think of different colours and objects to match that colour. Students also thought about how objects may make them feel, whilst also gaining knowledge around the importance of our five senses. In addition, students have been creating their own sentences in Handwriting, using their own spelling words. Not only are students able to work at their own level, be creative, and create great pride in their own personal work, the exercise consolidates their spelling list.
Within Numeracy, students main focus has been surrounding the notion of mass (Sub-stands Working Mathematically and Geometry and Measurement). Students have been exploring the concept of hefting as well as the ability to use and read balance scales, all of which they have thoroughly enjoyed. Lower First M have also added “Exit Slips” at the end of their Numeracy lessons. The Exit Slip strategy requires students to write responses to questions on their learning at the end of their lesson (in our case, students told me, and I wrote their answers verbatim). Exit Slips help students reflect on what they have learned and express what or how they are thinking about the new information, as well as giving them the opportunity to express how they would like to improve or what they may be stuck on. Our Exit Slips will be displayed within the classroom in the coming week. The students are very keen on the idea.
Well done on a productive and fulfilling week Lower First M! Keep up the wonderful work!

Harriet Wickett – Macquarie University final practicum student.

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10
August
2018

Fraction flowers!

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This week L1st M has been focusing on the complex concept of Fractions.
We started the week with simple ideas and notions of sharing, and what it meant to be fair when splitting a whole object into parts. The students were extremely quick to realise that in order for sharing to be fair, we had to divide an object into equal parts.
Students thoroughly enjoyed sharing objects (UNIFIX CUBES) with other members in the class, creating whole circles as a class and splitting into two equal semi circles (Space and Geometry Sub-strand), and have worked extremely contentedly and steadily throughout this period.
During our Fraction lessons, fine motor skills have also been refined during cutting and pasting objects to fit in the “Fraction Flower”, along with colouring. In addition, students further developed these skills through the creation of fraction murals. To do so, students have folded, cut, and stuck, squared pieces of paper, which also consolidated their cognitive mathematical development, surrounding fractions.

Harriet Wickett 
Macquarie University (final year Practicum) student 2018

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), Science & Maths, John Colet

28
June
2018

Lower Firsts love giving talks!

Lower First students have been bravely and clearly speaking out to their class mates in Show and Tell this term.  In Weeks 6 and 7, they were encouraged to find out about a form of weather which is extreme and share pictures, books or information.  In Weeks 8 and 9, they brought in a favourite book to show to the their classmates, with a discussion about the author, the illustrator and the purpose of the book.  Here are two photos...

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16
September
2016

Infants swimming details

Swimming for Infants in Term 4

 
In Term 4 the Infants Classes will again be going to the Killarney Heights Swim Centre for swimming lessons in preparation for the coming summer. (5th and 6th Classes will go for four weeks only on another day of the week).
 
As we have no male teachers in the Infants and therefore no access to the male change room the children will be changed at school.
 
The Infants children will swim on Friday afternoons in Term 4, commencing Week 1 (14th  October).
On Fridays they should come to school in their sports clothes and sport shoes bringing with them a swimming bag containing:

  • Casual “slip-on” footwear (such as thongs, Crocs, “jelly” sandals – these not to be worn to school)
  • A towel
  • Goggles for all and swimming caps for the girls
  • Swimming costumes (boys could wear those to school and bring underwear for after swimming)
  •  (PLEASE, NAME ALL ITEMS CLEARLY)
To go to the pool, they will wear their sports tops over their costumes, with a towel wrapped round themselves, carrying a bag with goggles and caps (girls).  The towels, footwear and sport top will be deposited at the poolside whilst they swim.  After the lesson, they simply dry off, don sports top, footwear and wrap their towel about them, and then proceed to school, where they will change back into their full sports uniform for home-time.
 
Children may be taken home from the Pool after the lesson by pre-arrangement with their teacher and having been signed off at the pool on the Class Register.
 
We hope this will be an easy and efficient way of dealing with this.

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24
August
2016

Sharing their dreams

On 'Dress Up as your Favourite Book Character Day', 6th class wrote and illustrated their own Dreamtime stories to read to their Lower First Buddies.

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10
August
2016

Lower First learning about "The Little Refugee"

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In the build up to Book Week, Lower First are looking at 'The Little Refugee' by Anh Do and Suzanne Do and drawing their own people using the art room's collection of dolls from around the world as further inspiration.

 

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27
March
2015

Morning Teas for Parents of children in our Infants classes

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Lower First: Tuesday 5th May
Upper First: Tuesday 19th May
2nd class:  Tuesday 9th June


The Morning Teas with Mrs McKendrick and Mrs Donald will be held just after morning drop off, in the Staff Common Room on the above days. We look forward to seeing you.

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26
March
2015

Buddy monitor update

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Over several weeks Sophie and I have had the joy of being buddy monitors.  This duty involves planning fun activities for the buddies to enjoy.  Some of the activities we have planned have been Arts and Crafts based others have been more physical and interactive.  Our most popular activity from the children’s perspective has been the rainbow parachute when the buddies run under the parachute and have lots of laughs.  This Friday we had a very successful Easter Egg hunt, which was lots of fun.
 
We are so grateful for this exciting leadership responsibility as we have really enjoyed working with Mrs McDermott and her class.  We wish all the best of luck to next term’s buddy monitors.  I’m sure they will have a great time like we did.

Isis C and Sophie W (6th K)

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