St John's School

Scarborough

Welcome to Pre Kindy

Welcome to St John’s Pre Kindergarten in 2019

We are very much looking forward to sharing this exciting journey with your  family. Pre Kindergarten is often a child’s first experience in an educational  setting and we believe it should be a happy and posiitve one that fosters a love of learning. We strive to create a caring, safe, stimulating environment to nurture your child’s disposition to wonder, to explore and construct meaning about the world. We celebrate childhood by providing a developmentally appropriate program that values and respects the uniqueness of each.
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Our Stick Men

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St John’s nature playground provides many opportunities for our children to enjoy the abundance of loose parts that can found outdoors and repurpose them! Last week, our investigations centered upon the humble stick. We read Julia Donaldson’s ‘Stick Man’ who was on a quest to return home to his family tree before Christmas. We then created our own Stick Man and Stick Lady with loose parts we found, baked a gingerbread stick man and even formed a tapping stick band!

Our Stick Men

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St John’s nature playground provides many opportunities for our children to enjoy the abundance of loose parts that can found outdoors and repurpose them! Last week, our investigations centered upon the humble stick. We read Julia Donaldson’s ‘Stick Man’ who was on a quest to return home to his family tree before Christmas. We then created our own Stick Man and Stick Lady with loose parts we found, baked a gingerbread stick man and even formed a tapping stick band!

Cooking Fun In Pre Kindy

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We love cooking in Pre Kindy. Each week, we explore mathematical concepts while measuring out the ingredients and counting our baked items. We read stories related to our recipes and carefully follow a set of instructions. Our cooking projects often inspire our art explorations.

STEM - Colour Mixing

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This term, the Pre Kindergarten children have relished the opportunity to mix colours with cornflour, dough, watercolour liquids and epsom salts! They have become experts at investigating new colours that can be made when combining the primary colours of red, yellow and/or blue.

“Colour anchors us to our world. It calls on our sense of sight as well as our other senses… We will follow the trail of our curiosity, instinct, and senses, anticipating what we might encounter along the way and being wildly surprised by the unexpected as well” – Ann Pelo, Reggio Emilia Educator.

Spinning Sand Art

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Our Pre Kindy children were mesmerised during the investigation of Spinning Sand Art on a turntable.  After viewing a YouTube video on sand art the children had a go themselves over the Light Table.  This required the use of two skills simultaneously – manually spinning the turntable with one hand, whilst using the other hand to create beautiful patterns in the sand – not bad for children of just three!

The Story of the Box

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Pre Kindy children recently had an exciting week with ‘the BOX!’  The children learned about the concept of levers. Firstly, they watched a You Tube video on the subject before testing levers for themselves. They used blocks set up as levers to propel bean-bags (and other soft toys) into the air before applying the same concepts to moving ‘the BOX.’

The children demonstrated their understanding of the concept of gravity as they watched the bean-bags going up and coming down. Eventually, managed to get the box outside – along the path, up the path, up the steps and finally watched with awe as the box plummeted down the rocky slope as, with gravity. ‘everything that goes up, must come down.’ The children pushed, pulled, rolled, dragged and lifted the box (with the help of levers) and, importantly, worked cooperatively, collaboratively and respectfully, while using lots of mathematical language of position and location.