St John's School

Scarborough

Welcome to Kindergarten

Introduction to Kindergarten

We believe that all children are curious and have a sense of wonder about their world. Your child will bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to Kindergarten and have their own theories about the world around them.

Our role is to nurture their thirst for learning and to guide them as they seek answers to their questions. The Kindy  environment is designed to  promote learning through play, collaboration and the expressive arts.

Download a copy of the Kindergarten Information Booklet.

Katie and the Dinosaurs

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We recently read “Katie and the Dinosaurs” in our Kindy class. The children were completely absorbed in this story, a story rich in vocabulary, sentence structure and imagination. These concepts become incredibly important as children learn to identify letters and investigate language through stories. However, the most exciting play opportunity was created when the children made slides for the dinosaur characters in the sand pit. With enthusiasm and confidence, the children had to use high level thinking skills to ensure dinosaurs could tumble down the slides, reasoning skills to ensure the width of the slides were accurate and collaborative skills to work together. Play opportunities, in particular those created through literature, promote engaging and fun learning experiences in our Kindy. Messy but such good fun.

Katie and the Dinosaurs

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We recently read “Katie and the Dinosaurs” in our Kindy class. The children were completely absorbed in this story, a story rich in vocabulary, sentence structure and imagination. These concepts become incredibly important as children learn to identify letters and investigate language through stories. However, the most exciting play opportunity was created when the children made slides for the dinosaur characters in the sand pit. With enthusiasm and confidence, the children had to use high level thinking skills to ensure dinosaurs could tumble down the slides, reasoning skills to ensure the width of the slides were accurate and collaborative skills to work together. Play opportunities, in particular those created through literature, promote engaging and fun learning experiences in our Kindy. Messy but such good fun.

Marvelous Mums

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In Kindy this week we expressed our love for our mums with some special pampering. A mother’s love is so special and all the children wanted to acknowledge that love. We hope you enjoyed your nails being painted, your hair being styled, your soft tissue massage and your yoga. Our beautiful children are a reflection of you, so thank you for gifting us with your gorgeous cherubs.

Fix It

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The “FIX IT” table is up and running in Kindy for Term 2.  This table encourages children to take apart old electrical items in order to see what is inside and to observe how things operate. Please feel free to contribute items to the table.  We go through many things as the term progresses. We are having so much fun at the table.

Kids Yoga

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Look at our highly proficient Kindies showing off their yoga poses at our recent demo to their parents. The poses the children practise have many benefits, such as lengthening and stretching. Some poses bring courage and strength, while others are designed to be calming and good for improving concentration. The breathing techniques allow us to become still in our mind, to focus, observe, let go of our fears. The children were amazing we were all so proud of their yoga progress thus far. 

Hospital Incursion

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Nurse Christine came to our Kindy Class with an engaging and informative Incursion. Nurse Christine answered so many interesting questions and hopefully dispelled any fear the children may have previously felt about going to hospital. Our beautiful Kindy children took turns on crutches, had their blood pressure taken, wrapped broken bones and zoomed around in wheelchairs. Learning and having fun are priorities in our Kindy and we certainly had plenty of that.  

Tebby Bear Picnic

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Our Kindy Teddy Bear picnic started with our Big Book story, “This is the Bear and the picnic lunch!” The children used the story to re-create their picnics with their teddies and friends, we took our picnics outside and had so much fun. So beautiful to see the children interacting with each other during their picnics, displaying confidence and developing life skills such as sharing, kindness and empathy. We also explored a range of skills that included pattern and number work, created masks and painted pictures using our teddies as models.

Where is the Green Sheep?

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Using the big book of the same name as a provocation, the Kindy children excitedly explored their surroundings for the ‘green’ sheep. What a wonderful way to engage children in developing oral language, literacy skills and collaborative skills.

Kindy Hospital

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We have transformed part of our Kindy into our very own hospital. We have Kindy doctors and nurses working exceptionally hard to treat all Kindy patients. Please feel free to visit, especially if you are feeling unwell.

Every Child is Special

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In our Kindy we celebrate the uniqueness of our beautiful children. Each child is given the opportunity to present a special person talk. ‘Special Person’ is a unique activity that complements the Religious Education programme in our Kindy. While the intention of special person is primarily to focus on the attributes of every child, the extra skills acquired through the programme such as oral language and confidence building make it incredibly worthwhile. 

Wombat Stew

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Kindy have been having so much fun listening to stories and exploring oral language through a range of texts. This week we read ‘Wombat Stew’ and created our own Kindy Wombat Stew in the classroom. We had so much fun reading this story we took it out to the playground. Everyone had a turn at stirring the ‘ooey, gooey, yummy, crunchy’ Wombat Stew. So much interaction and engagement, a wonderful way to start the day!

Kindy Korner

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Our Kindy group have settled in so beautifully.
They interact with each other and their teachers with care and respect. They are enjoying exploring and learning in their new environment. Our Kindy programme is designed to stimulate the children with investigations and provocations that challenge them and develop their higher level thinking skills.
Enthusiasm, confidence, commitment and persistence are all positive dispositions encouraged in our Kindy to develop successful, happy learners. This week we set out to explore amazing artists around the world. We will celebrate this learning journey in Term 3 with our St Johns Art Exhibition.