Sunday, 20 November 2016

Week 7. The Countdown is on!

Its hard to believe that we only have three weeks left of this year!  We are starting to talk about  being ready for Year One and we are doing some things that will make the change less challenging for them next year.
Beginning tomorrow the Pre primary children will eat their lunch with the rest of the school.  We will sit together as a group but we will in the same area as all the 'big' kids and the children will be able to experience the the whole school eating lunch at the same time.  This can be a bit overwhelming for some.
On Friday they will spend an hour in the Year One classrooms to orientate themselves for next year.
Today information will be sent home about uniform requirements for next year.

Last Thursday Dr Dan O'Leary, our local dentist came to visit.  This was a wonderful experience for all. With a huge amount of learning taking place.
The following statement should appear in our local newspaper very soon.
Students from Our Lady of the Cape Primary School had a visit on Thursday the 17th of November from Dunsborough Dental Clinic’s Dr Dan O’Leary and Sarah Vickery.
Pre-Primary, Year 1, 2 and 3 students learned about teeth and gum health and what can go wrong if they don’t look after their teeth. Doctor O’Leary shared with them dental equipment including his X-Ray machine, which enabled the children to look at X-rays of healthy versus unhealthy teeth and permanent teeth under the gums that grow up to push their baby teeth out.
They looked at enlarged tooth models to learn about the parts of a tooth, the three different types of teeth in their mouth and what they are used for.  An informative display was used to teach the children about “hidden sugars” in different foods and Miss Vickery demonstrated how many teaspoons of sugar were present in many of the treats the children enjoy to eat.  The Pre Primary children sorted food into two groups, those that are good for their teeth and those that are bad.
Each child in Year 1, 2 and 3 received a tooth brush to practise brushing and were able to follow the instructions of Dr O’Leary who used an enlarged set of teeth and giant toothbrush to demonstrate correct brushing techniques.
OLC health teacher, Kathy Holt, said the children learned so much about tooth care and said the school were grateful to Dr O’Leary and Ms Vickery for their hands on presentation and for taking the time to give the children such valuable lessons that will last with them a lifetime.


Last week we learnt about skip counting and counted by 2s, 5s and 10s.  We had lots of fun with this and we have become so clever at counting by 2s that we were able to demonstrate to Mr Wilkie how we can mix up a counting by 2s number line and reorder it correctly.

This week we have been counting and ordering large numbers.  We have used the mathematical language 'equal', greater than and less than.
In our literacy block we have been looking at word groups that contain the digraphs oo, ck, th, sh and ch.  We have been completing Guided Reading sessions just like the big kids and we are still working on reading and writing those first 25 sight words.
Africa is the latest country that we visited.  We read Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne and Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.  What great books they are!  They started some great classroom conversations about being different....and yet the same.  Whoever You Are sends a beautiful message about loving each other.....where ever we come from.