St John's School

Scarborough

Welcome to Pre Primary

Environment Art

Over the last couple of weeks, the Pre Primary children have been looking at a range of paintings by some amazing artists. One in particular is Vincent Van Gogh. We looked at 4 of his amazing oil paintings and had a think about how we could recreate it in our own way. The 4 that we looked at were based on the environment as we have been talking about ways we can look after our beautiful world. We then chose 1 painting out of the 4 that we loved and took our time using oil pastels, dye and a range of different materials to create our very own art. True little artists in the making.

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Environment Art

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Over the last couple of weeks, the Pre Primary children have been looking at a range of paintings by some amazing artists. One in particular is Vincent Van Gogh. We looked at 4 of his amazing oil paintings and had a think about how we could recreate it in our own way. The 4 that we looked at were based on the environment as we have been talking about ways we can look after our beautiful world. We then chose 1 painting out of the 4 that we loved and took our time using oil pastels, dye and a range of different materials to create our very own art. True little artists in the making.

Buddies

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In our technology studies this term the Pre Primary and Year Five classes are making i-Movies for the Open Night being held this term. They are titled, “The day in the life of a Pre Primary student”.  The Buddies meet each week to work on projects.

Wind Meters in STEM

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Over the last couple of weeks, Pre Primary children have been exploring the weather and how each day is very different! Our STEM project was to create a wind meter to see what would happen in light wind or heavy wind. We talked about what we could put on our wind meters and what would happen if something heavy was attached! We went for a nature walk and collected leaves, sticks and any other interesting things that could be hung from our coat hangers. We then had to tie knots and attach a variety of things so we could see the difference when testing them in the wind. Some great comments and conversation while outside testing our Wind Meters.

Exploration Hats

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During morning tea and lunch times Pre Primary children put on their “exploration hats” to think about and discover new things about our playground.  They have created a secret hideaway in ‘the caves’ where the children can go and relax, chat, and participate in imaginary play. Play on the grass area also helps with gross motor skills and today they were throwing and kicking balls to one another.

Sand Art

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We changed our light tables around this week to make things a bit more interesting. Mrs Abbonizio played a sand art music clip for us to watch which helped inspire us and taught us new ways to use our hands to create the art. We used our fingers, side of our hands, palm and a fist to make different patterns and pictures using sand only! Some amazing imaginations and creativity have come through this week!

100th Day of School

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YAY! We reached 100 days of school today! In Pre Primary we have counted each day of school every morning. Finally, we made it to 100! We celebrated with some cooking and craft, with the help of the Year 2 class. It has been a fun experience counting each day and learning numbers at the same time. Thank you, Year 2, for your amazing help today.

Non Verbal Cooperation

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Event Info: We have been talking about the different ways they can communicate to others. With their work stations already set up, the children had to think of other ways to communicate to five other peers in the group and decide what to create or build. Gestures and actions were the main ones as voices were not allowed. It was great to see cooperation and enthusiasm amongst all children and especially the end product!

Syllable Stomp

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We are sounding out words in order to write simple sentences. We have learnt to stomp out the sounds we can hear and write them down as we hear them! This has helped us write words as well as read words. We had pictures with up to 5 sounds in them and slowly had turns each to stomp the sound in order to write.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Our Pre Primary children have been focusing on the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” for the last 5 weeks. This week we worked in small groups to create our own story maps using clay. We loved discussing the story and remembering exactly what the caterpillar ate. We all took part in the process and included everything about the story in our clever creations.

Relationships and Identity

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We have been talking about our own identity and the relationships we have with different people. These could be relationships with family, school friends, sport group etc. We have now been painting our friends in the class by looking through a glass frame to paint exactly what they look like and the different features they have!

Buddy Time

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This term our Pre Primary class are focusing on Sustainability.  During Buddy Time with the Year 5s, students are working together to design and create a house for a chick.

This idea also came up as a response to the recent chicken hatching program within the Pre Primary classroom.

Cycle of Life

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Pre Primary are learning all about Life Cycles and Oviparous animals. We had the pleasure of having chicks in our classroom for 2 weeks! We watched them hatch out of their eggs in the incubator and waiting patiently for them to become fluffy and mobile before we could take them out to put in the pen. After 5 days, we had 12 adorable little chicks running around. We were amazed how much they ate and how much they grew in just 1 week! We have now included this experience into our buddy time on Friday afternoons to design and create a house for a chick!

The children were enthusiastically engaged in the experience, as the following quotes confirm.
“I liked the chicks because we got to hold them”
“I liked playing with them because they were so fluffy”
“I liked how furry they were and I like their little feet”

Constable Care Excursion

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We were so lucky to travel on the school bus for the very first time to the Constable Care Safety School. We learnt all about road safety and what to do when cycling, walking and how to cross the road properly. We were split into 2 groups during the morning and participated in bike riding around the track, stopping at all the signals, giving way and going around a roundabout. We also learnt what the “zebra crossing” is and to always let the pedestrians cross. What a fun morning!