You know you're doing it right when...
2 April 2014

Please excuse us while we take a little moment to brag...

The Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority have used one of our activities as a work sample for judging standards in Pre-Primary. Woo hoo - go us! (Thanks for finding it Cassie!!)

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You can check it out here then go to Mathematics, high achievement, sample 1. 

Download your own copy of the document here.

Proud moment for us! Off to celebrate with a Magnum!

In the words of one of our Facebook people, #nailedit

=) Top Teacher x x

Twinkle Sprinkle Little Star!
29 March 2014

Here are some more Twinkle Twinkle Little Star activities I did with my Pre-Primaries!

When learning the nursery rhyme 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'  we made some twinkle sprinkle little star fairy bread!

We made fairy bread then used a star cookie cutter to make the star shape.

Afterwards we completed some writing and drew the main steps to make the star fairy bread.

Download the Twinkle Sprinkle Little Star sheet and also the boxes for drawing the steps.

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We printed a star template by using a golf ball in a tray with some gold glitter paint. I had bought some birght coloured star sun glasses from the party section in Woolworths and the kids got to choose a pair to wear. The photo was then stuck in the midle of their star. It went along with a sign saying 'My future is so bright I need to wear shades!'

Download the sign and star template here.

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We made star wands to use when we sang 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'

We printed stars onto yellow card and the kids cut them out. They attached them to a popstick and collaged them however they liked! We used glitter, cellophane, sequins, pattypans, brenex squares, and crepe paper.

They loved waving them as we recited the nursery rhyme! They also loved taking them home and saying the poem to their parents.

Download the little star templates here

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'Remember keep calm and pretend it's on the lesson plan'

Top Teacher xx

Night Time Nursery Rhyme
23 March 2014

In Kindy this term we are also learning a new nursery rhyme each week (for those of you who are new to our blog there are two of us who write this, we have a Pre-Primary class and a Kindy class between us!). This fits in terrifically with our phonological awareness skills focus for the term (syllables and rhyme) and also provides a sense of familiarity for the students to learn from.

The first three nursery rhymes we focused on were those which feature night time (this also fits the the maths concept of time day/night covered in the foundation level of the National Curriculum). They were Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Star Light Star Bright, and Hey Diddle Diddle.

The way I run my Kindy room is quite structured, with a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy in the morning sessions. This leaves the afternoon for craft and "theme" work. For this reason, although we sing the rhymes throughout the day we only have two sessions a week to complete the crafts to match. I'm curious to know how you all structure your Kindy day, and maybe if you'd be interested in learning more about my day? But anywhooo that's a totally separate blog post!

Here are the crafts we created for each nursery rhyme (click on each rhyme title to download the poem)...

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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After learning the actions to this popular rhyme we watched many clips on youtube (these were our favourites Twinkle twinkle colour star and Twinkle twinkle twinkle little star). We also talked lots about things that you see at night time and things that you see during the day.

The students then created their own starry night sky picture using star sequins, round sequins (for satellites!) and a paper star stamper to stamp their own stars. They also drew and cut their own moon out (after choosing between crescent moon or full moon).


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              Our starry night display.    

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 Using the paper stamper - great fine motor strengthening activity!


Star Light Star Bright

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Ok, let's be honest... this craft took three sessions to complete (though probably could have been squeeeeeeeezed into two sessions). 

Day 1 ~ paint the backdrop. This was done by painting 2 different blueish stripes on the page, they then used a dot pattern paint stamper (see photo below) to create waves in the paint.

Day 2 ~ add the ladder. We found having them create the side along the edge of the paper first, then gluing on the rungs, and finally adding the inside edge of the ladder worked best. Take photo of students reaching their hands above their head (cut and laminate before next session)

Day 3 ~ Add moon, stars and person to the ladder.

Download your parts for the craft here...

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Hey Diddle Diddle

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This cute little craft was super quick and easy to create.

First paint a paper plate black, and when dry sponge silver over the top.

The cow was made by painting a hand white with black spots.

The cows head and wool tail was attached when dry.

We then used a split pin and stiff card to attach a moving cow to the moon.

The students could then make their cow jump over the moon.

Download your cow heads here!

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What a post! Would love to hear your feedback on a possible future Kindy day post. Is it something you are interested in? Would you like to contribute to it? Do you have any questions?? Let us know via our Facebook page.

Remember keep calm and twinkle!

Top Teacher xx

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep
12 March 2014

We made a Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep!


We used

  • celery -  cut into small pieces for grass
  • carrot - cut into long thin pieces for legs and a smile
  • blackberries - for the body and eyes
  • cheese - for head and ears
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On a paper plate students used little tweezers and plastic knives to create their sheep.

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I took a photo of each child's creation which we then used to draw a picture of our food sheep.File 6972
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I mounted their photo and drawing along with a title (this is provided to download) onto black A3 card. Students then cut apart their counting grid and labelled their sheep photo by gluing the headings onto the correct parts.
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Check out our other Baa Baa Black sheep activities in what's new now!

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'Remember keep calm and we are half way through the term!'

Top Teacher xx