This week the Sparkles have been busy being confident and involved learners, through our room interests of construction, vehicles, and dramatic play. We have scaffolded onto their interest in vehicles adding a garbage truck, information book, and hands-on recycling exploration tub. During group time we have extended this learning through a recycling game and the introduction of household items that are either rubbish, compost, or recycling. The children are now able to identify each bin type and we will continue discussing what belongs in each bin.

We have revisited the construction site above Preschool, and the Sparkles were amazed to see an excavator and a dump truck onsite, along with many white pipes set in (presumably for the house plumbing), and many workmen in their safety clothing. This discovery was extended by additions of work boots, extra hi-vis vests, and walkie-talkies to expand the Sparkles interest during dramatic play indoors. For outdoor play, a variety of pipes have been added to the dump trucks in the dirt pit.

As it was National Simultaneous Storytime this week the Sparkle friends enjoyed the book ‘Give me some space!” by Phillip Bunting. This year was extra special as it was read by a real astronaut who lives and works on the International Space Station. Dr. Shannon Waker read the captivating story in zero gravity, with even the book floating on its own. This has provoked much discussion between the Sparkle friends, with many questions to investigate.

During relaxation time this week, we have been listening to cultural stories from around the world, many of these have been in a different language, some of the Sparkles have recognised the words and shared it with their Families.

Our interest in different cultures and where they live has evolved into an exploration of flags in the Treasures room. We learned that each country has a unique flag and the flag represents the values and beliefs of the people who live there. We spent some time examining our Australian flag and learned that the blue background represents the water that surrounds our land. We read on further and found out that the five white stars represent The Southern Cross. Upon learning this new and interesting information, we discovered several other flags in our book. Each of the children was given the opportunity to choose a flag that appealed to them. With some help from educators, the children identified the country the flag belonged to and the meaning behind its unique colours and symbols. Many of the children decided to follow this up by drawing the flag too.

This experience allowed each of the children to develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching, and investigating.

The Gems have continued to explore the human body by enquiring about how we breathe and the respiratory system. We read some stories about breathing and learned that we breathe in oxygen which fills our lungs and breathe out carbon dioxide which is our used air. We then made our own individual sets of lungs using balloons and straws which showed how our lungs fill with oxygen when we breathe in.

Esther – “Our lungs are red because there is blood in them”.

Ruhani – “There is air in our lungs when we breathe”.

Mia – “Our lungs breathe oxygen”

Outdoors Esther, Meha, Eliza, and Matilda found an insect which led to discussions on what organs are inside a bug and whether they had bones and predictions on what animals have skeletons.

“Bugs don’t have bones they are small “- Eliza

“Bugs have a heart “- Aanya

“Cheetahs have legs and bones to make them run “– Meha

“Giraffes have necks so they can stretch it “– Noah

“Elephants have bones “– Miles

We then looked at Bees on National bee day and learned that bees have a heart, no lungs, and no bones they have an exoskeleton which is often known as a shell.

By identifying the different parts of their bodies and their functions, the children are strengthening their ability to take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical well-being which links to Outcome 3 of the Early Years Learning Framework, Children have a strong sense of well-being.

Michelle Neylan
Preschool Director