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Term 2 Overview 2017

Welcome to Term 2 at Evatt Preschool!

We have had a busy and productive first term at preschool. The children have settled into preschool, are familiar with the preschool routines, have developed friendships and are growing in independence and confidence. It is wonderful to be caught up in their enthusiasm for investigating the world around them, sharing their learning and understandings and self-directing their learning.

Water Wizards

  • (Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays)

Educators: Becky Pain (Teacher) and Tiina Smith (Learning Support Assistant) and Wednesday Release Teacher Rosie Urosevic

Sky Sprites

  • (Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays)

Educators: Mel Wise (Teacher), Jodi Millard (Learning Support Assistant) and Rachel Percival (Learning Support Assistant)

Fire Fairies

  • (Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays)

Educators: Becky Pain (Teacher) and Tiina Smith (Learning Support Assistant) and Wednesday Release Teacher Rosie Urosevic

In Term 2 we will continue to offer an exciting play based learning program directed at harnessing children's interests, fostering independence and developing a lifelong love for learning. At Evatt, our children are provided with a routine that allows for uninterrupted play for investigating both indoor and outdoor environments. They are given the tools to manage their learning time and the freedom to choose how they spend it. The educators at Evatt Preschool prioritise offering a variety of opportunities to suit each child's individuality and teach children to work in both solitary and collaborative learning projects. Our collaborative focus between all three preschool classes this term will be through a ‘Post Office’ imaginative play space. We hope to explore children’s interests in posting mail in addition to building their skills of writing and recognising their own name. It will also serve as a way to extend those children who have demonstrated their readiness for writing using letters and sounds and reading their peer’s names and other environmental classroom print.

Along with the opportunities, Becky and Mel will be using new and relevant professional learning around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) that they explored at a course at the end of Term 1.

What is STEM?

Science is a way of thinking. Science is observing and experimenting, making predictions, sharing discoveries, asking questions and wondering how things work.

Technology is a way of doing. Technology is using tools, being inventive, identifying problems and making things work.

Engineering is a way of doing. Engineering is solving problems, using a variety of materials, designing and creating, and building things that work.

Maths is a way of measuring. Maths is sequencing (1, 2, 3, 4…), patterning (1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2…), and exploring shapes (triangle, square, circle), volume (holds more or less), and size (bigger, less than).

Through play and explicit learning investigations our intention is to explore these concepts whilst building children’s STEM vocabulary.

Becky, Mel, Rosie and the lunch release staff (Louise, Susan, Sarah and Sue) will continue to foster children’s love of literacy through storytelling and the explicit teaching of nursery rhymes, and using the program “Letters and Sounds” to teach active listening skills and early phonemic awareness. Opportunities for telling stories and rhymes with props and creating story art will be regularly provided for children to explore in their independent investigations with a focus on story sequence. Explicit group times will also continue to be a feature of our daily routine to enable children to learn and sing an array of nursery rhymes and begin to learn about letter-sound relationships and rhyming words.

At Evatt Preschool, our children and parents are valued contributors of the learning process. They are encouraged to offer feedback and make decisions or suggestions around learning goals and experiences. Our parents are also highly encouraged to volunteer in our classroom either by joining in with our investigation time or offering their skills in a more structured experience e.g. cooking, sewing, gardening, construction etc. If you would like to ‘Stay and Play’, please speak with Becky or Mel. Evatt Preschool works closely with the staff, students and community at the Primary School, taking part in events, learning programs and using facilities throughout the year.

Please continue to read our daily notices and emails for information about up and coming events at Preschool.

As always, the preschool educators appreciate the opportunity to talk with parents and carers regularly. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss your child and their learning in any way, please don’t hesitate to make a time to talk. This term will also include a more formal way of discussing your child’s progress by way of a parent teacher interview and end of semester 1 report.

We look forward to working together to ensure another happy, engaging and exciting term for your children.

Becky, Mel, Tiina, Jodi, Rosie and Rachel J

Below is our EYLF and National Quality Standard Links, Evatt Preschool Documentation Practices and our Language of Learning Values – Respect, Resilience, Resourcefulness and Reflection for your reference.

Evatt Preschool works under the Early Years Learning Framework as our Preschool Curriculum document. As such we focus on developing the following key outcomes in our children:

  • Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to the world
  • Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Outcome 4; Children are confident and involved learners
  • Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Read more about the Early Years Learning Framework

The framework is used in our planning cycle to help show curriculum links in our play-based program and is used to inform our daily observations and the reporting process at the end of the year.

At Evatt Preschool the educators work to ensure a high standard of reflection, documentation of children's learning and communication with parents. This includes:

  • an individual "Learning Journal" for each child that includes photographs, descriptions and observations of learning and interests and children's artwork. This is readily available to the children and parents in the classroom and taken home at the end of the year.
  • an emailing system where by parents are emailed information on their child's learning experiences. This includes descriptions of learning from the child's point of view, photographs of the learning experience and how it links to the Early Years Learning Framework.
  • a ‘parent’s voice’ board which parents and carers are encouraged to reflect on and connect with their children’s learning and make suggestions for future direction.

Each of these processes is used in our planning cycle to inform future play experiences and learning opportunities and is collated as evidence to inform assessment and reporting.

Evatt Preschool has been assessed under the new National Quality Standards and our service was rated at Exceeding the National Quality Standard. This assessment works towards setting a benchmark for early childhood education and care, and the outside school hours care services in Australia. To ensure children enjoy the best possible conditions in their early educational and developmental years, the NQS promotes continuous improvements in quality. The educators at the Preschool and Executive staff at the Primary School continue to work on ensuring daily practice, documentation, policies and the site itself are well-maintained and up to date.

Read more about the National Quality Standards

This year the staff at Evatt have worked together to identify learning goals that we feel are important across the school. These encompass the goals of:

  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reflectiveness
  • Reciprocity

We will work with our students to achieve these learning goals across the course of the year, thereby instilling in them dispositions for learning that will carry them through their primary school years. More details about these learning goals can be found by clicking on the links above. These posters are displayed in our classrooms.