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K2 doing research

This week in Ms Liezel's class, the K2 students learned about research and applied some of these skills to find out more about unfamiliar letters. The students chose a letter they didn't know. We looked at the letters "v", "m", "z", "o", "h", "e", "r", "f". They had...

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Colours and Sorting

Over a period of a couple of weeks we have been reading a book about colours, the students chose their favourite and painted a sheet of paper in that colour. Then they went on a "colour hunt" around to ECC to see if they could find any items that were in their...

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K2 language

For the last 2 weeks Ms Celine's class have been focusing on the big book SPLASH. The students have been reading along, sequencing the story, role play on the small world table, practicing their sounds and being authors making and presenting their own stories. They...

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Maths in the ECC

This week the K1 students have been exploring measurement and human graphing. The students compared each other's height and recorded it. They then explored Maths language, tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter and shortest. The K2 students were consolidating there...

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K2 celebrating mouse’s birthday

We've been reading the big book " Mouse's Birthday" and had so much fun exploring the book further. We made Playdough cake. We measured quantities and counted different amounts of candles. The Students created birthday cards for mouse and some students created their...

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STEAM in the ECC

This week we made Puff paint. The students observed the mixture being made. Then we helped the choose and mix the colours. Wonderful paintings were created and then baked in the microwave. They were able to talk about how their painting smelled and how it had changed...

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The ECC Pirates

This week the students played a pirate game. They had to build a bridge from their island to their pirate ship. They were provided with some materials to use and a few instructions. The students had to use their problem solving skills, determination, communication and...

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Learning through Art

This week some of the students were participating in Art activities expressing their creativity, learning and developing new skills. They were cutting and gluing, making patterns, practicing fine motor skills, writing there names and reviewing the sounds we have been...

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UOI Play

This week in our unit of inquiry we read a book about hide and seek. After talking about the book in class some of the students decided they would like to play a game We ended up with a whole ECC game of hide and seek. The students had to follow the rules of the game,...

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STEAM

Some of Thursday mornings are dedicated to steam, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. The children could go into the water garden and explore the properties of water using various equipment. They did a science experiment using coffee filters, food...

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Learning through play

Last week we played with the animals. The children found equipment around the classroom to build a bridge for the animals to cross over a river. This week we read the story "Three Billy Goats Gruff." The students used small puppets and found different equipment to...

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Wednesday Morning in the Art area

On Wednesday, we spent an amazing morning in the art room. The students painted with tempera paints using paint brushes and were excited to find out they were able to make new colours by mixing various colours of paint. For example, they created the "new white" that...

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The ECC are all Dotty

This week is International Dot Week, so we have been busy creating wonderful art using Dots. The children listen to the Dot story and have been learning the dot song. We were all inspired by the story and went on to have great fun creating a variety of dot inspired...

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First Weeks in K1 Butterflies

We have spent the first weeks getting to know each other and the environment, settling in and adjusting to new routines and, the most important of all, having lots of fun and learning together. Also, we worked together on setting up our welcome display board and the...

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K2 Learning through play

For our UOI we are looking at how we play, different games we play and our responsibility when we play. The children have been involved in lots of different games and activities to promote Language skills, Math skills and Creative play.

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Baking in the ECC

This week some of the students asked if they could make some cookies and we said, "why not!" The students split up into small groups and were presented with a recipe. We discussed what we were making and how we would make it. We measured the ingredients together...

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What Does Student Agency Look Like In The ECC

We have decided to dedicated Thursdays in the ECC (K1 and K2) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.) Student Agency means the students are required to take more control of their learning and even take the lead in projects. This week a student...

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ECC movie day Math

The K1 and K2 students held a movie day. It was a fun way for them to use their understanding of number in a practical way and put to use what we learned about roles and responsibilities in our UOI. The students took responsibility to pack out the chairs, make...

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K1 Baking

This week the K1 groups did some baking. They made Swedish Chocolate balls, which involved fine motor skills rolling the balls, and dipping them in chocolate. They then had to use their creative skills to decorate them with sprinkles. The K1students shared the treats...

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