## Friday, 18 May 2018

Recently in Kindergarten we started Mini Maths. Mini Maths lessons are an exciting part of our day where we move into specially selected maths groups to numeracy. Number concepts are a critical component of being a successful mathematician. For this reason number concepts are taught regularly and then for a chosen space of time they are also the focus for additional Mini Maths lessons.  The first number concept we explored during Mini Maths was counting collections with one to one correspondence. We refer to this as careful counting. Some children were counting small collections, groups as large as twenty or learning to count by 2's.
The content of these lessons change regularly as do the groups the students are in to reflect the skills and needs of the our little mathematicians.

During mathematics, we have also been exploring the concept of measuring length. We use the words longer than and shorter than to compare and order objects. We have also started measuring the length of objects using informal measures such as unifix cubes. In our classroom their are some cute dinosaurs we have drawn and measured for you to check out. See some examples below.

## Friday, 11 May 2018

### Sounds Update

To keep you updated on the sounds we have been learning some images with our classroom signs have been included below.

Here is a short video to show you what your child's word day might look like.

### History Inquiry in Kindergarten

This term we will be learning lots about our past. We will be investigating events that happen in our past and exploring how humans grow and change. The stages of life we will discuss include being a baby, a child, a teenager, and adult and an elderly person. Once we have explored the stages we will talk about events that may occur during each phase for example, learning to walk, losing a tooth and learning to ride a bike. The children are learning that these events can be sequenced on a timeline.

As a part of this line of inquiry we will be asking families to provide a baby photo of their child. A note will be sent home about this shortly to explain how this will work.

## Friday, 4 May 2018

### Term 2 Overview

Literacy

This term we will continue to focus on learning letters and sounds and developing phonemic awareness. Students are encouraged to notice sounds in words including individual sounds and patterns. We are closely exploring rhyming words through songs and stories. This will be further investigated at home with the use of home learning tasks. We will continue to teach more single letter sounds as well as introduce some digraphs. Digraphs are sounds that combine multiple letters to make one sounds, for e.g. /sh/. Knowledge of sounds is then applied to reading and writing words. The process of breaking words into sounds is called segmenting and putting sounds together is called blending. These skills are explicitly taught and practise regularly so they can be used efficiently when reading and writing.
Students are regularly taught reading strategies (the reading friends) to use when decoding challenging words. This term the students will continue to explore Owl Eyes, Predicting Panda, Fishy Lips and Stretchy Snake. They will also be taught more about Chunky Monkey, Fluent Flamingo, Flippy Dolphin and Creating Images.

Mathematics
This term in Mathematics the students will continue to explore number concepts such as sequencing, comparing, counting forwards and backwards and identifying numbers before and after. Students will be taught these concepts in class through modelling and opportunities to practice these skills with concrete materials. These concepts are also taught during Mini Maths lessons where students are grouped across the unit according to their area of learning. Lessons are kept short and focus on providing additional explicit teaching at their point of need. The groups change regularly in response to students growth and learning.
Students will be provided with many opportunities to explore the measurement concept of length. Students are learning to directly compare the length of objects as a form of measurement and then use the words longer than or shorter than to describe their length. Time concepts of days of the week and months of the year will be taught through games and songs as well as sequencing activities. Students will also be exposed to the concept of duration of time by describing if activities take a long time of a short time.
Science
Students will continue to use their knowledge of the five senses to observe and learn about daily weather and the way it changes. We are learning that there are many types of weather and that our senses give us information about the weather that then informs our actions, for e.g. “I hear thunder so I might make sure I pack my raincoat for outside”.
History
Students are learning about themselves and their personal history. We will discover and sequence events from our lives. Students will be learning about timelines and their ability to represent events in chronological order.
FMS
Students will continue to learn the following fundamental movement skills; jumping, catching, underarm throw as well as static and dynamic balance. These skills will be taught explicitly, practised and then used in game like situations.
Library
This term students are looking at the Children’s Book Council of Australia short-listed titles in the Early Childhood Book of the Year category. We will be reading the books and rating each one. In August during Children’s Book Week we will find out the winning title and honour books. Students are also learning about the different sections of the library and how books are organised in a library.

Social and Emotional Learning
Students will continue to explore the concept of ‘bucket filling’ and being kind, helpful and learning to cooperate all of the time. Students will continue to learn about protective behaviours. Students have been taught to listen to their body’s early warnings signs and as they keep them safe.
We are also learning about ourselves and how special we are. In ‘special me’ we discover the things that make us unique and why that is such a wonderful thing.
Health
Students have been learning about how good food fuels our body and helps us to go, glow and grow. We have focused on the ‘healthy plate’ by filling it with foods that we need to eat everyday. We are investigating the nutrients we get from these different foods. We talk about foods that are good and foods that are great. Students are reminded all foods are delicious however some foods are ‘sometimes’ foods. This leads us towards growing and cooking foods from our own garden beds.

## Friday, 23 March 2018

### Letters and Sounds

In letters and sounds we are continuing to learn three new letter shapes and sounds each week.  Last week our sounds were  /m/, /d/, /g/ and this week they are /o/, /c/ and /k/.  We have been very busy practising making these letter sounds and shapes.  We have participated in many experiences and activities to help consolidate this learning. Check out just some of our activities below.
WE LOVE GETTING SMARTER!!!!

k, k, k kite flying fun!!!

## Tuesday, 20 March 2018

### Buddies

Last week we had a picnic lunch with our year 6 Buddies.  It was really exciting to meet up and spend some special time talking and laughing together.  This week, the year 6 buddies have begun to come down and play with the kindergarten children at lunch time.  The year 6 students have roster for each day, with a small group coming to play.  This way it is not overwhelming on the playground for the kindergarten students.  We celebrate that all of the year 6 students are our buddies!

## Wednesday, 14 March 2018

This week we thought we would take this opportunity to share with our Kindergarten community some of the wonderful learning we have been doing in Science.

We have been learning how to be a scientist! In class we have been investigating through the scientific process of question, guess and test. To explore this concept further we had a visit from the Shell Questacon Science Circus. They explored fluids and energy through experiments with balls, slime and hair gel.

In the classroom we have been learning about 5 senses and using them to explore the world around us. We have made magnifying glasses to remind us to use our eyes to observe experiments.

We have been really excited about science in the classroom and your child may have mentioned the tea bag rocket and the lava lamp experiments. If you would like to try them at home, check out the links below.

If you would like to try the tea bag rocket at home you can find instructions and a short video here:
http://www.questacon.edu.au/outreach/programs/science-circus/videos/teabag-rocket

If you would like to try the lava lamp at home you can find instructions and a short video here:
http://www.questacon.edu.au/outreach/programs/science-circus/videos/lava-lamp

"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." - Carl Sagan