We enjoyed a BRICKS 4 KIDZ incursion using Lego Bricks to approach learning that is imaginative, hands-on, multi-sensory and fun.
We built a motorised car that encouraged us to use critical thinking, creativity, organisational skills, problem-solving and teamwork.
100 days of prep was filled with lots of fun activities associated with the number 100! We baked 100 cookies, made fairy bread with 100’s and 1000’s, created our very own shoe display, went on a number hunt and collected 100 different objects! We ended the day with a special celebration where we performed a song to our parents and received a certificate for being 100 days brighter!
We have been learning about 3D shapes. We experimented with ice spheres and watched them crack after we put salt and food colouring on top!
We have been weather scientists and have conducted experiments to ‘Make it Rain’ and to ‘Create Rainbows’. We have been using the writing strategies Power of Three and Onomatopoeia to describe our ‘dark, heavy and grey rain clouds’ and ‘colourful, bright and dazzling rainbows- wow!’
Throughout term 2, we were learning about how to care for our world through sustainable actions such as; recycling rubbish, composting food scraps, growing our own vegetables and caring for our home, school and community environments. We really enjoyed our walk to Simon Creek where we observed the environment and discussed ways that we could care for it. Another highlight from our sustainability unit was when we practised the sustainable action of healthy eating through a cooking incursion. We learnt how to prepare some healthy snacks such as bread sushi with tzatziki and fruit rainbows - YUM!
We have been learning to sort, describe and name two-dimensional shapes in our environment.
As we were eating our snacks, we discovered the many shapes that were in our lunchboxes!
We are learning what living things need to grow so that we can help plants and animals to grow.
Did you know that some plants don’t need seeds to be able to grow?
We chopped up different vegetables and placed each off-cut into a separate container. We filled them with some water and left the containers in our STEAM room next to a sunny window. Each week we observe the changes in our vegetables and record the findings in our Sustainability Journal.
We are learning to identify, copy, continue and make simple patterns. We’ve learnt a pattern is something that repeats or continues over and over again. To support our learning we made trendy, pasta jewelry. We also improved our fine motor skills by threading pasta onto necklaces. We had fun getting hands on and creative!
To introduce our unit for term 2, ‘Our Sustainable World’ we were developing our curiosity about the sights, smells and tastes of different foods. We had so much fun popping popcorn kernels and using powerful adjectives to describe our experience.
Today we were immersed in an Easter language experience. We went on an Easter hunt around the PLC playground to seek and collect various Easter themed toys. We even had a special visitor leave us chocolate treats! Can you guess who it was?
At MPPS everyone is encouraged to pack a ‘nude food’ lunch box. Nude food is food that comes to school without disposable packaging such as extra plastic bags & wrappings, paper bags, cling wrap, foil etc. In PLC, we are continuing to learn about the importance of choosing healthy, rubbish free food for our lunches and snacks. It has been wonderful to see so many students and families taking the initiative to create a waste-free environment at MPPS.
Take a look at some of our waste-less lunch boxes! A waste-less, nude-food lunch box may include:
We are expanding our vocabulary related to sensory experiences through baking Easter cookies. We are learning new words including ‘ingredients’ and ‘utensils’. We are using interesting adjectives to describe the ingredients focusing on what they look, smell and feel like.
Download the recipe below to bake these delicious and gooey cookies at home safely with an adult.
As the season has changed, we have been closely exploring the outdoor environment. We took a walk through the autumn air and collected interesting leaves of different shape and colour to make our own ‘leaf-pals’. We are expanding our vocabulary by learning new words such as fragrant, picturesque, tangerine and dazzling. We are using these interesting adjectives in our writing to describe the leaves focusing on what they look, smell and feel like.
Through the RACV Street Scene Program we were learning how to use different roads safely. We listened to a story about safe ways to walk near the road environment, role-played ‘Stop, Look, Listen & Think’, and practised holding hands and using different crossings through games.
The Market Fresh Schools Program was delivered to PLC students on Friday 29th March. Students learnt:
Students viewed the story ‘Why Koala has a Stumpy Tail’ and considered how Koala and Tree Kangaroo did and did not look after each other. Students then considered how they can stay safe when they are outside. They practised the skills required to stay safe when learning to play a traditional Indigenous Australian game called ‘Kolap’.
PMP is a program where small groups of children rotate through a number of ‘stations’ taking part in activities designed to develop balance, co-ordination, space, body awareness and fitness. We really enjoy our PMP time in the stadium.
As a part of our integrated studies unit, ‘In Our Community’, we have been learning about how to stay safe and how and when to seek help. To support our investigations into the roles of different people in the school community, a paramedic from Ambulance Victoria visited us on Tuesday 19th March. We were very excited to learn about the role of paramedics in keeping us safe and learn about what we can do to stay safe.
This term we are learning about our community, the different people within it and how they keep us safe. We are very lucky to have had five police officers from Mernda Police Station pay us a visit! We asked them some great questions and learnt a lot about their role in our community. Our favourite part of the visit was sitting in the police cars and pressing the sirens - they were very loud!
During writing we have been using our five senses to explore and describe things in nature. We made wiggly worms using play dough and went on a nature hunt in our front playground. We enjoy using interesting adjectives in our sentences to make our writing more interesting.
We have been learning about and using the language of location and direction, such as ‘between’, ‘next to’, ‘behind’, ‘in front’, ‘forwards’ and ‘backwards’ to move through our playground obstacle course.
We are always being encouraged to ‘persist’ in every activity we do during the day even when we find some things difficult. We practised persistence by completing different exercises using streamers. We had to use both our left and right side of our brain to complete this activity.
We are developing our vocabulary related to sensory experiences through making play dough. We are learning new words such as ‘kneading’, ‘squishy’, ‘stretchy’ and ‘vibrant’ to help us draw and describe our exciting learning experience.
We have been developing our problem solving skills by sorting objects into different groups including colour, shape and size.