Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

Last Tuesday, we visited the Melbourne Zoo to celebrate the conclusion of our term topic of ‘Living Things’. What a great day it was!

It was fantastic to visit the different animals and talk about their habitats. They thoroughly enjoyed exploring the zoo with their friends and were so keen to learn more and more about each and every animal.

We are so incredibly proud of our Preps and their amazing behaviour that day. They were so respectful to their teachers, peers and members of the public. They behaved so well considering it’s a big day for their little legs.

Go Noodle

Go Noodle!

We’ve been using Go Noodle in Prep all year to teach the students mindfulness techniques as well activities that strengthen their fine motor and gross motor skills. We always encourage the students to use these learnt techniques in their everyday lives as well. Below is a link to Go Noodle so you can have a go at home, it’s free and super fun!

 https://www.gonoodle.com/

Yesterday we had a visit from a group of teachers and even they loved learning a dance and a breathing calming down technique. 🙂

Wildlife Xposure

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On Wednesday the 7th of November, the Preps had an incursion from Brandon and some Australian Native animals from Wildlife Xposure. As we are learning about Living Things this term, Brandon taught the Preps about ways we can help protect and care for these special animals within our environment. It was great to see them up close and even have hold of them. We had such an amazing time with the animals and loved this up close encounter.

 

 

Steven with tawny frog mouth from KingsleyParkPS on Vimeo.

Steven with tawny frog mouth from KingsleyParkPS on Vimeo.

Flowers

Our Flower Experimet

We have begun learning about different plants and animals this term as we begin our term topic of ‘Living Things’. To help the students understand the how plants grow, we completed an experiment using flowers. To prove that plants take up nutrients and water through their stem into their leaves and flowers, we added food dye to the flowers water vases. The students predicted what would happen by developing an ‘hypothesis’ and then we waited a few days for the results. The Prep’s hypothesis was right! Look how they turned out.

Before and after!

CHOCOLATE

Chocolate!

This term, we have been writing up some of the many questions that the Preps ask us about the world. Every Friday we have began to answer some of these questions by doing an activity around one of the questions. Last Friday we answered Chloe R’s delicious question of ‘How is chocolate made?’. We spoke about the cocoa bean and ways they adjust the ingredients to make the three types of chocolate (white, milk and dark). We then gave them a small piece of each kind to help them to taste the difference.

Can you think of which one they disliked the most?

  

 

Bee Bots

Bee Bots

Preps have been having fun learning some basic coding with our Bee Bots. To help us learn about 3D shapes and positional/directional language we made some 3D houses using shape nets and gave the put the codes into the Bee Bot to direct them around our Bee Bot City. The kids had so much fun and we only destroyed our city a couple of times!!

 

Preps Big Day Out

Prep’s Big Day Out

We had such a fantastic day adventuring out in our community and visiting some very special places in Frankston. We first went to Frankston Foreshore and walked down the boardwalk to look at the city skyline and coastal vegetation. We then walked back via the beach and saw some interesting things washed up on the shore. We spoke about low and high tides and ways we can keep our beaches clean.

  

We then went to visit our local playground, Ballam Park. The preps loved playing on the different playgrounds and were incredibly polite and considerate to members of the public. The students even got to have a go on the flying fox!

Finally we visited the gorgeous George Pentland Botanical Gardens. We took a sensory walk around the gardens and used our senses to take in the environment. We listened to the birds and smelt the eucalyptus trees as we looked at some amazing native plants.

We were so proud of how good the preps were all day and how well they represented our school. They walked a long way and they didn’t complain once. What a great first excursion for them all.

Shaxton Circle

Shaxton Circle

Today we went to visited Shaxton Circle. As we are currently learning about our term topic of ‘Places in our Community”, the preps learnt about the various ways Shaxton Circle is special to us. We learnt about all the amazing wildlife that lives there and also ways in which we can keep it special. The preps were very good at understanding why we musn’t feed the ducks bread and why we shouldn’t litter in our environment.  The preps behaved so beautifully on this little excursion and we were so proud of how well they represented our school.

       

Book week

Book week


What a fantastic day book week dress up day was! We saw some amazing costumes on the day and were blown away with the effort that went into them. The students thought the teachers dressing up as the Willy Wonka characters was hilarious especially our Preps as we have been  reading ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’  by Roald Dahl in class. They loved the golden ticket treasure hunt at recess and were excited to hear who the winners were at our Whole School Assembly. The whole school also loved participating in some book week activities and enjoyed visiting different classrooms with other students from all year levels.

    

 

Who Sank The Boat?!

 Who Sank The Boat? By Pamela Allen

Throughout Book Week this week, we are exploring different books for our learning activities. This year in Prep we are learning about mathematical measurement concept of Mass where the students need to learn to use the words ‘heavier/lighter’ appropriately. Today we read the book ‘Who Sank The Boat’ and made our very own boats out of foil. We then made all the animals featured in the book out of Modelling clay and worked with our partners to design a boat strong enough to hold all the animals in some water. The students then took turns in to put their boats to the test.