Little Ossies and Foundation Blog 2014

From Little Things Big Things Grow

March 20, 2014
by prepheron

Investigating with team work.

For our investigations this week we have been focusing on team work. We’re showing how well we can work together to help each other so that everyone can do their best, learn more and enjoy learning and creating in the company of others. Luca was impressed with how well Lenny,  Xavier and Jack  shared the textas and gave each other good advice about the footy team colours, players and jumper numbers for the footy cards they were creating together.

Brody was impressed with Indigo’s help by sharing her ideas for mixing colours and Indigo was impressed with Seamus helping her and Charlotte to make green. Seamus was impressed with Blake and Charlotte sharing the science equipment and taking turns with the colours.

Henry was greatful to Blake for helping him to create name rubbings over sandpaper and Aarav enjoyed taking turns and sharing with Xavier when playing the card game.

Mrs Heron was really impressed with the team work everyone showed during pack-up / tidy-up time too.


Have a look at our co-operative team as they investigate things to do with the sound /c/. There’s car colour sorting, playing card games together, footy card making, colourful chameleon creating, cellophane colour collages, rainbow colours, colour wheels and colour mixing with dyes and cellophane.

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March 20, 2014
by prepheron

Colourful flowers.

We are learning about the sounds /f/ and /c/ and we have been like scienctists by wondering, by having a clever guess,  by exerimenting, by observing and by then recording what happened.

We wondered what would happen to our white flowers if we put them into coloured water. Some of our predictions were that they would die, or the petals might change colour, the leaves might change colour or maybe they might just stay the same. We watched them for a whole week and took photos to show what happened. Have a look for yourself.

We kept one flower in ordinary water, put one flower into blue water and one into red water.

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We then wondered what would happen if we put half of the flower stem into red and the other half into blue, so we split the stem very carefully and began the experiment. We thought that maybe the flower would change to purple, maybe it might just die or maybe the blue would take over. We had to wait and see.

Look at what happened! 5 Our next experiment could be to see what happens if we switch over the water tubs for this flower. We thought that maybe the red and blue colours might mix together in the petals.

March 18, 2014
by prepbrown


We have been learning about the letter c and k and the sound they make in Caty Kookaburra’s name.

Caty makes a quiet sound so she doesn't wake her babies ( no voice is used)

Caty makes a quiet sound so she doesn’t wake her babies ( no voice is used)

We are also learning the word can and reading books about what animals can do, then trying to copy their movements. You can see a video that we watched on this site. We made a book with photographs Mrs Brown took as we looked at the video, listened to the video, followed the animal actions, sang the song and moved like the animals.

I can look

I can look


I can listen.

I can listen.


I can follow.

I can follow.


I can sing.

I can sing.

I can move.

I can move.

Can you guess which animals we were copying?

I can move.

I can move.

I can move.

I can move.








March 17, 2014
by prepheron
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Investigating Fish

While learning about the /f/sound that the letters f and ph make the preps had fun exploring fish.

We felt its skin, scales, fins, tail, eyes and teeth.

The teeth were sharp and the eyes felt like jelly. The fins were sharp with spikes. We could spread them out by gently pulling on them and we could make the tail flap too. This fish was very slippery and floppy. It looks quite colourful in these photos because we painted it so that we could make fish prints from it. You can see how we did them. We did smell a bit fishy after handling our fish but it was lots of fun and very intersting.

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March 16, 2014
by prepbrown


We have been Scientists this week obvserving and investigating:

The way objects move depends on a variety of factors, including their size and shape

Some of us had a go at making foil boats and looked to see how the boats moved when we blew them across the water. Some of us blew up different shapes balloons and watched how they moved when we hit them across the room. A few of us discussed how balls of different shapes and sizes moved when we threw them against a rebound net.

All of us had a go at making a fish and a fan out of paper then waving the fan over the fish to move it across the room. We used different types of paper and made fish of different shapes and sizes then raced them across the room and watched how they moved. Some of them moved so quickly that they are a blur!







March 15, 2014
by prepmills

Floating and sinking


We chose lots of different objects in our classroom to find out if they would float or sink when we placed them in water.

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We found that most objects floated. Only 5 objects sank to the bottom of the water tray. All the light objects floated and the heavy objects sank. Most of the light objects were made of plastic and the heavy objects were made of metal.

Then with a partner we had to try and make a boat out of tin foil that would float. It was tricky because we had to make sure the boat had sides on it that were high enough to keep the water out. Our persistence paid off and the teddies had fun riding in their floating foil boat!!

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March 14, 2014
by littleossies

Games Galore

In Little Ossies, these past few weeks, we have been learning some new games which are all about being part of a team.

We have played games called “Picadilly Circus”, “Touch and Go” and “Islands”.  Little Ossies have played these games as a class and with our other Prep classes as well.  It is lots of fun to get outside and play games with running or with balls or hoops.

We learned the rules of “Islands” on Thursday with Prep B.

We walked around the hoops waiting for Mrs Brown or Miss Griffiths to call out Islands.

We walked around the hoops waiting for Mrs Brown or Miss Griffiths to call out “Islands”.


Once "Islands" was called out everyone had till the count of 5 to find a hoop and stand inside the hoop with at least 1 other person.

Once “Islands” was called out everyone had till the count of 5 to find a hoop and stand inside the hoop with at least 1 other person.

Are there two or more  children in each hoop?

Are there two or more children in each hoop?

We had to hold onto each other sometimes to make sure we didn't step on the hoop so that the children worked together to get a point and not the teachers.

We had to hold onto each other sometimes to make sure we didn’t step on the hoop so that the children worked together to get a point and not the teachers.




March 12, 2014
by prepheron

Collections of 3, the same but different.

Here was our challenge.

Create a group of three objects that are the same but are also different. To present our collections we had to state what attribute was the same in our collection and what attribute was different.

Look at some of the discoveries! Clever thinking and amazing minds.

3 books, all squares, different sizes.

3 objects- duster, book and sticky notes, all squares but different sizes.

3 objects- bin , number flip chart and magnetic letter, all the same colour, yellow but different shapes.

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What can you see here that’s the same about each of the 3 objects and what is different?

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3 books, all about animals and the same shape but different sizes.


Can you make your own collections of 3 with the same attribute and different attributes as well? Have fun.

March 12, 2014
by prepheron

Maths fun in our prep classes

This week our Maths fun started with ordering our class by height in preparation for our school class photo with the special photographer. (After that session we now think that we could all be awesome ‘models’ for magazines.) We had to work out strategies to check who was taller and who was shorter. We were going to lie on the floor and measure each prep but then we realised that the photographer would be packed up and off home before we finished and ready for the photo shoot. Xavier came up with idea of standing back-to-back to compare our heights and Charlotte suggested laying the big metre stick across the top of our heads if we were having trouble deciding who was the tallest. Using those 2 strategies we quickly ordered ourselves and……

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We then had lots of fun matching values to 6. We had to work in teams with good teamwork, listening to each other and sharing our ideas (and sharing the cards too).

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It took some of us longer than others to work out a strategy to sort the cards but we all got there in the end. The fast groups shared what they did to help each other in their group so now we have all learnt a few more tips for great group work.  Listening, sharing and taking turns seem to be helpful tips.

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