Prep | Kindergarten News
Welcome to Term One of Kindergarten!
We have had a wonderful start to the year and are looking forward to an exciting term of learning and growth ahead.
Pastoral Care/ Unit of Inquiry
The first term of Kindergarten is one of transition. The boys are engaging in new routines and learning to interact with one another in various environments and contexts. As the boys navigate through this period, there are, inevitably, times where issues need to be resolved. The development of social skills is essential for the boys to thrive in a variety of environments, develop resilience, and adapt to new and unexpected situations. Our current focus for the boys is to apply a range of social skills to promote positive interactions with other people.
Since beginning Kindergarten, we have been inquiring into the Transdisciplinary theme ‘Who We Are’. ‘Who We Are’ is a yearlong inquiry and will encompass our GROWTH programme at Trinity. One of the key concepts that will drive our inquiry is responsibility.
To link to the boy’s real-world experiences, we asked:
What are our responsibilities at school? How can we be independent?
You can continue this conversation at home by allowing your son to show responsibility by asking the same questions for your home environment:
What are our responsibilities at home? How can we be independent at home?
Some examples could include:
- Putting on his own seatbelt in the car to ensure his own safety
- Packing his bag: green hat, record book, crunch and sip, lunch box and drink bottle each day
- Carrying his own bag to and from school
- Getting himself dressed each day
- Making his bed
- Tidying up his play space at home
- Placing his dirty dishes in the dishwasher or on the bench
We would love to see your ideas. Please share any successes with us as your son begins to grow in his independence.
Supporting your son’s learning at home
In Term 1, we are encouraging boys to select picture books of their choice from the school or local library to read daily. We encourage boys to discuss each book with a family member and record their favourite story. By discussing books, boys are building their skills in prediction, story structure and comprehension, which are vital skills when reading independently.
At this stage of the year, it is crucial that the boys are given many opportunities to engage in and enjoy lots of shared reading. Please use this term to read extensively to your son, visit local libraries and bookshops, and discuss the books you share. Exposure to a wide variety of literature and follow up discussions have been shown to have a positive effect on children building sound early Literacy skills.
The Power of Play
Research suggests that play and play-based experiences are vital for young children’s development. Play promotes problem solving, language acquisition skills, collaboration and creativity. Furthermore, play supports social-emotional and self-regulation skills that help to build executive function and a prosocial brain. Play should be spontaneous and involve experimenting. We encourage all boys to engage in a variety of play-based experiences at home including active physical play, imaginative play, playdates with others and play with traditional toys.
At home you might like to play board games (and not let your son win). Encourage imaginative play including dressing up and repurposing of common household items. Can your son use a wooden spoon as a microphone? What else could it be? Imaginative play develops higher order creative thinking skills.
Kindy have had a fabulous start in Classroom Music. They have been appreciating the opportunity for quiet reflection music to help focus and prepare them for learning at the start of the lessons. They have also been developing written music notation on the board from known songs to demonstrate their understanding of rhythm. Being creative with their movements to music enables them to demonstrate the music elements of dynamics (louds and softs) and beat.
The boys have been looking at how people greet each other in different languages. A lion dance performance will be held at school on 11th February as our special way to celebrate Lunar New Year together as a community. By gaining insights into other cultures, they will learn to connect with one another through mutual understanding and respect. The boys enthusiastically explore and inquire about Chinese greeting words and New Year traditions through interactive videos, songs, role play and circle games.
Welcome to the exciting new year in Christian Studies. After discussing our class goals, we are embarking on an adventure to discover what miracles are, how they work and why they are so important to Jesus. We will be exploring some weird and interesting miracles through drama and role-playing. The boys will be encouraged to come home and use their own toys such as Lego to recreate the stories and hopefully learn how amazing Jesus is. Another exciting addition will be the boys receiving their own Read with Me Bible – a children’s Bible we use in class and Chapel over the Infants years.
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