Thursday, 23 February 2017

Can Dinosaurs Turn Into Fossils?

We have discovered that a number of our children are curious or very knowledgable about dinosaurs. Some of the children have pretended that the rocks in our tyres are "fossils" and "dinosaur teeth." During a discussion one morning Noah asked "Can dinosaurs turn into fossils?"

Today we shared a conversation about what we know about fossils...

We watched a short video about how fossils are formed. 
Mrs Young, our Head of Science allowed us to borrow something very special to look at to help,us with our investigation... 


Some of the conversation sounded like this:
Chaise - "what happened to the dinosaurs?"
Oliver - "the saber tooth tiger is fierce and powerful." 
We looked at some pictures of what a saver tooth tiger would have looked like as well as some tigers from today. Oliver said that it was the tiger's 'ancestor.' 
Oliver -"ancestor is something that evolved into something today." 
Chaise - "how does it bite its mouth is so small?" 
Noah - "has its teeth grown a lot?" 
Owen - "bones live in everybody." 
Mrs Larrea - "do all dinosaurs have sharp teeth? Do they all eat meat?"
Oliver - "only herbivores don't have sharp teeth, they only eat plants. Herbivores have teeth down the back of their mouth." 

Some children observed more closely and recorded their observations.  

 Some children created fossils with salt dough... 
Mrs Larrea made a dinosaur skeleton... 

Learning About Life

Our high school agriculture students visited today with some 1 day old chicks. Most of the children enjoyed holding or gently patting one. We talked a little bit about where they had come from and what they would grow up to be.   

 Later during play time the children had the opportunity to explore and represent the life cycle of a chicken.


ReachMeet is on its way! Thursday 16th March, 6-8pm.

Please follow the link to find out more information about ReachMeet.

For Prep parents I recommend the 'Building Strong Kids and Safe Friendships' workshop (I will be running that one) and 'We're All In This Together - Developing Great Readers'.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Water fun day

The kids seemed to have fun splashing, running, jumping and cooling off at our water fun afternoon!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

What Am I Like?

 Last week we entered a project investigating 'All About Me'. We began by asking the question what do I look like? We observed what our bodies all share in common and noticed differences as well. We drew pictures of a person on a plate and then poured water over the top to make it dance - wobble - or in some cases, fall apart! 

 We also made hand prints - we are all very special. No one else has the same hand prints as me!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Inside on a hot day

  We did manage to get outside this morning before the heatwave hit us. After morning tea  we enjoyed some time playing inside the air conditioned MPH with kindergarten. 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Welcome to Prep

Welcome to Prep 2017 and to our new blog page.

The children are settling in so well! We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead with lots of fun and learning!