Inspired by the visit from the Lyneham High School Yr 7 concert band, kindergarten made instruments this week! We looked at how instruments made sounds - by air being blown into them and across them, vibrating with reeds and moving through brass instruments, to instruments that are strummed and those that are struck... then we went for it! Check out our creative instruments below.
We were fortunate to have a visit from the talented year 7 students from the Lyneham High School band. Their performance was both entertaining and informative and our students just LOVED listening to them. They played some songs we knew and some new ones, and we even managed to have a little dance in our seats!
Our first challenge this week was to transform a piece of paper into a 3D shape - a cone. The children thought long and hard about how to do this, and there were quite a few variations of cones that emerged. Once this had been achieved, challenge number two was to transform their cone shapes into something. The creativity and independent problem solving skills of our Kindergarten students continues to amaze us each week - take a look at what they came up with, below! We had icecreams, volcanoes, a princess hat, a traffic cone, a mega-phone, ball and cup games, horns - even a letter box!
It was wonderful to look up during our K-2 Assembly on Friday to see so many grandparents! A big thank you to all of the families who were able to make it along to share in our special day of celebration.
Our Kindergarten children were very excited to share their song and drum playing of the song "Slowly, Slowly walks my Grandad" at assembly. They were equally excited to join with their visitors to teach them some international folk dances. We were ever so pleased to see so many Grandparents and relatives join in so readily and comfortably with 'Ha Mishpak Shelli' from Israel, the Tarantella from Italy and a good old 'Heel and Toe Polka' Australian bushdance - and it seems they all had a wonderful time in doing so!
Following a tour of the school, the children proudly gave their grandparents a portrait they had carefully sketched and coloured of them. Thank you Grandparents, parents, friends and family members for helping to make Grandparents Day such a memorable one.
Heel and toe polka (above).
The Tarantella, from Italy...
A snippet of Ha Mishpak Sheli, from Israel (above)
"We've been to the zoo, zoo, zoo......"
Kindergarten students had the most perfect day at Mogo Zoo, the weather was warm and sunny, the animals were obliging and came up close to the fences, our helpers were great and the Kindergarten students were awesome. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful zoo right on our doorstep. The different species of monkeys proved to be very popular, as were the giraffes. The baby giraffe looked very settled, happily resting whilst the adult giraffes tucked into a feed of leaves. The Kindergarten students did a great job being filmed as reporters. We are looking forward to viewing their reports this week and learning more about the animals and their habitats.
Thank you to all our helpers and to the volunteers from Mogo Zoo for sharing so much information and answering the numerous questions asked by our students.
Mrs Cathy West, Mrs Clare Dunn and Mrs Natalie Fairweather enjoy sharing learning from the Kindergarten day with you. Please comment so that we know we are reaching you :o)