SAND AND WATER PLAY
Children seem to be instinctively attracted to all things ‘sand and water’. These materials offer rich learning opportunities about the world around them, as well as providing an abundance of sensory experiences. Some of the learning experiences can include:
- Co-operating, turn taking and sharing equipment as part of a group.
- Developing fine motor skills through manipulating tools, pouring, filling, stirring, pushing, pulling, digging, patting, moulding, drawing etc.
- Developing hand/eye co-ordination e.g. pouring sand into containers, making sand shapes using moulds.
- Making physical features such as hills, tunnels, roads.
- Exploring 3D forms using a range of moulds.
- Creating and exploring sound using shakers of sand, gravel, pasta.
- Exploring various mathematical concepts e.g. capacity, size, weight.
- Understanding and using mathematical language e.g. full, empty, need more/less, heavy, light, straight/curved lines, names of common shapes.
- Making shapes and patterns in the sand.
- Asking and answering questions.
- Recalling and reporting back at group times.
- Developing pre-writing skills e.g. making patterns, marks.
- Making up stories using additional props such as play people, farm animals, vehicles.
As the weather heats up during barndenyirriny (hot season) it is the perfect time for us to focus on sand and water play. The children will get wet and sandy so please send a spare change of clothes and a towel (clearly labelled) in your child’s school bag. Children also need a school hat and water bottle for outdoor play.
St Joseph’s successfully applied for PALS funding which contributed to our 50th Anniversary and NAIDOC Week celebrations, specifically, towards our mural and Mirima dancers.
PALS is an initiative of the Department of Lands, Planning and Heritage which encourages Western Australian schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community.
PALS is based on the core attributes of:
- Partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people;
- Acceptance of difference as unique and to be respected;
- Learning more about ourselves and each other, and,
- Sharing a common journey along the path of healing and reconciliation towards a more harmonious and optimistic future.
Thank you PALS!
Term 2 has kicked off to a great start with students returning from their holidays full of energy and enthusiasm. Hopefully the heat will not dampen this too quickly! This term we are very excited to welcome back Miss June Blair who will once again be working with the students from Kindy through to Year 2. Each Tuesday of this term students will have the chance to be a part of the Bluearth program to develop their skills across all areas. This term Miss June and myself will be focussing in particular on team work and cooperation as well as balance and coordination.
Next week all students from Years 2 – 6 will begin their swimming lessons during sport time. Mrs Allen, Ms Gehrmann and Mr Jamie will be instructing the students in their lessons and we look forward to seeing all the students develop their confidence and skills in the water. Please remind your children to pack their swimmers, towel, shoes, hat and water bottle each Thursday.
Term 4: 9 October - 8 December
Monday, 16 October: Year 6 Camp
Wednesday, 1 November: School Mass (PP-Year 6)
Monday, 6 November: Kindergarten Orientation Day (8:30am -10:30am)
Thursday, 30 November: Christmas Concert
Friday, 8 December: Graduation/Whole School Mass and final day for students
Thursday, 14 December: Final day for staff
Assemblies, Friday 1:20pm
20 October: Year 3
3 November: Year 5/6
17 November: Year 4/5
1 December: Year 2
Leaving town at the end of the year?
If your child will not be attending St Joseph’s School in 2018, please advise us as soon as possible, as this will make our job of classroom planning for next year easier.
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