Little Ossies and Foundation Blog 2014

From Little Things Big Things Grow

May 28, 2014
by prepheron
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Planting Trees at the Briars

The preps have just had the most wonderful time at the Briars, walking in the bush, getting rained upon, planting trees, giving them protection, getting grubby,  eating sausages and icy poles and getting to ride in a bus….and ALL the time having great fun with friends and family.

The Rotary club organised for us to help with tree planting and then they very generously supplied and cooked a sausage sizzle for us too. We have been very lucky indeed. We hope that the trees we planted will grow quickly for the native birds and animals to use. We were told that the sheoaks are going to be for the black cockatoos. We will have to go back in a few years time to see how they have grown and maybe see which animals are there too. Enjoy looking at some of our photos of our very first excursion and you can even see some of the drawings and writing we chose to do back at school with Prep B afterwards.

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May 25, 2014
by littleossies
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Amazing Bodies

In Little Ossies in the last few weeks we have been looking at our bodies and some of the amazing things they do.  We have been looking at skeletons both in x-rays and scans which have been sent in to our classroom.  We have also been looking at other parts of our bodies, such as our stomachs, intestines, heart, lungs, eyes and muscles. As part of looking at the human body, we have also been investigating what happens when something goes wrong with it.  A hospital has been in our classroom and we have been learning all about the different roles which doctors, nurses and other and patients have.

When you get to our hospital you have to make sure you are going to the right place.  Lots of talking and noting down information has to happen at the hospital reception.

When you get to our hospital you have to make sure you are going to the right place. Lots of talking and noting down information has to happen at the hospital reception.

There were lots of patients who were very sick.

There were lots of patients who were very sick.

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We even had some special visitors to the classroom who had been to hospital recently. They had lots of expertise to share.

We even had some special visitors to the classroom who had been to hospital recently. They had lots of expertise to share.

Other special visitors came in to share in the play as well.

Other special visitors came in to share in the play as well.

Thank you to all those visitors and Little Ossies friends who have helped with equipment for our hospital. If anyone else is sick, our hospital staff are experts now and ready for a consultation!

May 23, 2014
by prepheron
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Making butter

We investigated making butter.

First we read the book Belinda by Pamela Allen. Mrs H loves Pamela Allen. She is one of her favourite authors. Because Belinda wouldn’t let Old Tom  milk her, Old Tom couldn’t make butter for his bread. So we did it.IMGP1654

We started with cream in a jar and we added 3 marbles to help mix it up. Then we shook and shook and shook the jar of cream. Everybody shook the jar and some of the cream started to spray out. We shook and shook and we counted the shakes. Guess how many shakes it took to make the cream turn into butter?

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Can you see the butter and the buttermilk here?

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We cut the bread into halves and then quarters and spread our bread with butter. Yum, yum!

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May 20, 2014
by prepbrown
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EGG BABIES

Prep B  have made egg  babies that they are going to care for all week. They have made a safe place to keep their eggs while they are at school and when they travel to and from school.

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Do you think they will be able to keep them safe at school and at home?

May 15, 2014
by prepmills
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Bb for BUBBLES

Prep M was buzzing with excitement. During Investigations, we all had our own little bucket of warm water. We put a few drops of Detergent into the water and using a straw, we took a deep breath and blew into the water. BIG BEAUTIFUL BUBBLES quickly filled up our buckets and BUBBLES overflowed onto our tables!! There were BUBBLES everywhere!! Our faces and hands were covered in BUBBLES too !!!

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May 15, 2014
by littleossies
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Thinking about Measuring

This week in Little Ossies we have been exploring with different forms of measuring. We have been comparing height, length and time in some of the learning areas on offer in the classroom.

On Monday a couple of people were wondering about who was the tallest in the class, and started to measure their bodies against each other. So we decided that we might record how tall each person was in the classroom.  We had to take our shoes off our feet  and stand up close to our height chart (which we made from card stuck up on a cupboard door!), then Miss Griffiths put a ruler on top of our head to make a straight line from the top of our heads to the chart.  We used such lovely comparitive, mathematical language when we were talking with each other.  We were able to work out who was the tallest, who was the shortest and who was second and third tallest and shortest as well.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t measure how tall Miss Griffiths was, because we couldn’t reach up to the top of her head!

We tried to measure how tall we were with the same amount of unifix blocks.  It was very tricky to do on our own, but luckily there were some parent helpers in the classroom to help us.

We tried to measure how tall we were with the same height of unifix blocks. It was very tricky to do on our own, but luckily there were some parent helpers in the classroom to help us.

On Tuesday, some of us put some unifix blocks together to measure how many blocks high we were.  It was very tricky to count the blocks, but Miss Griffiths had an idea of what we could do to make it easier.

We bundled the Unifix blocks into groups of 10.  We had to count each group to check if it was 10 blocks, but we could also see that the length of the block bundles was the same when there were 10.

We bundled the Unifix blocks into groups of 10. We had to count each group to check if it was 10 blocks, but we could also see that the length of the block bundles was the same when there were 10.

It was much easier to count how many blocks tall people were when you had them bundled into groups of 10 (of the one colour).

Also on offer in our classroom this week we have had a “Table of Timers” where there have been lots of different sorts of timers to explore.

Exploring different timers.  Some timers went for a long time and some only went for a very short time.

Exploring different timers. Some timers went for a long time and some only went for a very short time.

As the week has gone on some children have done some “Timer Races” to see which timer will finish first.  We have found that the red timer is the quickest sand timer on the table (even if you give another timer a head start!!!). We have also found out that no matter how many times you race the timers, the red one wins. We have found that the blue sand timer takes the longest time to get all the sand through.

The red and green timers raced against each other lots and lots!

The red and green timers raced against each other lots and lots!

What marvellous measuring we have been doing!

May 11, 2014
by littleossies
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Marvellous Magic and (of course) Making for our Mums

The past week in Little Ossies has been a very busy one; all week we have been very busy making some special gifts for our Mums which they will hopefully be opening on Mother’s Day on Sunday.

There was a lot to do to make something for Mum; we had to talk lots about her, practice our drawing, painting, writing and wrapping.  It took a long time to do, but we loved doing it!

To make our wrapping paper extra special we did some magic making to make our paint.

We started with some Jelly paint (special mixture which was clear) and some magic rhymes.

The first rhyme was:  “Alla kazam, alla kaZED, we’re going to turn this jelly paint RED”.

After we had done our first Magic Rhyme the Little Ossies had to predict what colour the jelly paint was going to be next by the start of the rhyme which Miss Griffiths said:

“Alla kazam, alla kaZOO, we going to turn this jelly paint _ _ _ _!”

We had seven times we had to find out what the magic colour was going to be.  Can you work out what colour paint we ended up with by using rhyming?

We had: “Alla kazam, alla kaZED”, “Alla kazam, alla kaZOO”, “Alla kazam, alla kaZEEN”, “Alla kazam, alla kaZELLOW”, “Alla kazam, alla kaZOWN”, “Alla kazam, alla kaZURPLE” and “Alla kazam, alla kaZACK”.

Our magical paint pots with their "magic" wands ready for action!

Our magical paint pots with their “magic” wands ready for action!

Here we are using some of our Magical Jelly paint.

Here we are using some of our Magical Jelly paint.

Do any of the Little Ossies mums recognise these lovely paintings?

Do any of the Little Ossies mums recognise these lovely paintings?

To all of our fabulous Mums, we hope you enjoy your special Mother’s Day and enjoy the gift that we made for you. 🙂

 

May 8, 2014
by prepbrown
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WE WENT ON A BEAR HUNT!

After reading one of our favourite stories we went on a Bear Hunt around our school. We walked around, across, along, between and through different areas of the school hunting for the bear. Can you follow our route.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

We're going to catch a big one.

We’re going to catch a big one.

We're not Scared

We’re not Scared

Uh Oh! A door

Uh Oh!
A door

We can’t go over it

We can’t go under it.

Oh no we have to go through it!

Uh oh A puddle

Uh oh
A puddle

We can’t go over it

We can’t go under it.

We have to go around it!

We have to go around it!

We had to go between the tables

We had to go between the tables

across the sand

across the sand

over the rocks

over the rocks

along the line

along the line

around the car park

around the car park

into the woods

into the woods

we crept up behind the trees.

we crept up behind the trees.

IT'S A BEAR!

IT’S A BEAR!

We ran back  to the classroom with the bear chasing us. When we were safely back in the classroom we  thought about why the bear was chasing us. Some of us said that the bear probably wanted to come and play with us so we made maps to show the Bear how to get from his home in the woods to our classrooms.

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May 4, 2014
by littleossies
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Cooking Cakes

In Little Ossies this last week we had an opportunity to practice our cooking skills, making some delicious cakes for a celebration!

We had to gather all sorts of special ingredients so that everyone in Little Ossies was able to eat the cakes. We followed a recipe, looking at the number of items, measuring the ingredients and of course making sure that there were enough cakes for all the Little Ossies to eat.

We collected all the ingredients and started following the recipe instructions.

We collected all the ingredients and started following the recipe instructions.

We stirred and mixed all the ingredients in the one saucepan.

We stirred and mixed all the ingredients in the one saucepan.

The Little Ossies worked out that there wasn’t an oven to cook the cakes in our classroom, so we had to take them over to the oven in the staffroom.  The Little Ossies must have heard that teachers really like to eat cakes, because a there were a few children who were quite concerned that the teachers might eat the cakes in the oven and then there would be no cakes left for any Little Ossies!  So some Little Ossies decided to make some signs to say “Stop” and “No touching the cakes”.

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We hoped that the teachers would obey our special signs!

We hoped that the teachers would obey our special signs!

The cakes looked smelt so delicious when they had just finished cooking.

The cakes smelt so delicious when they had just finished cooking.

The signs in action while the cakes cooled in the staffroom.

The signs in action while the cakes cooled in the staffroom.

Luckily no teachers ate any of the cakes, so we were all able to eat one. They were scrumptious!

May 4, 2014
by prepheron
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Houses for teddy

The teddies certaily had a wonderful time at school with us this week. We read stories to them, counted collections with them, taught them how to write some of our golden words and of course we snuggled and played with them too.

After comparing our teddy length to other objects in our classroom we then carefully measured our teddies using cubes so that we could select a ‘good fit’ box to build a house for each teddy.  The stick of cubes helped us to measure and choose the box that teddy was sure to fit in. We had a fun time with our teddies and helped each other with good ideas for our teddy-house constructions too.CIMG5780 CIMG5790 CIMG5791 CIMG5792 CIMG5794 CIMG5797 - Copy CIMG5798 - Copy CIMG5799 - Copy CIMG5822 CIMG5823 CIMG5824 CIMG5825 CIMG5826 CIMG5827 CIMG5828 CIMG5829

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