Blue Gum Group Curriculum Objectives and Provocations
26th October - 12th November 2015

For the children to further develop their literacy skills:

  • Read children’s picture storybooks – both at LCK and home
  • CD storybook – ‘Wombat Stew’ and ‘Collecting Colour’
  • Janetta reading Italian language books during Italian classes  
  • Identify words that start with the each letter of the alphabet
  • Create a literacy workstation with words, alphabet, markers, lined paper, books, worksheets, phonics awareness
  • Storytelling/ drama workshops using puppets and other props
  • Puppet shows and storylines created by the children
  • Cut out letters creating names, words and poems
  • Alphabet puzzles and games
  • Families encouraged to visit local libraries eg. Emerald Hill Library,
  • 195 Bank St, South Melbourne

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him” - Maya Angelou

For the children to develop sustainable practices and care for the earth:

  • Children’s books with earth matters theme – eg ‘Window’ by J. Baker
  • Making a scarecrow – collaborative project with other groups at LCK
  • Veggie patch song and props – group singing
  • Care for the garden – composting, watering, planting
  • Discuss the positive effects of growing food – fruits and vegetables for sustainable living – please supply a variety of seasons fruit/vegetables for snack times
  • Establish a kitchen garden- table, tools, seedlings
  • Planting seasonal vegetables and herbs
  • Use scientific experiments – ‘What happens when a plant doesn’t get water, air and sunlight?
  • Establish a succulent garden for spring time
  • Create a collaborative canvas of ‘flowers’
  • Planting pumpkin seeds and roasting pumpkin seeds

“Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower”
Hans Christian Andersen

For the children to extend their emerging interests in the following:

  • Celebrating Diwali 11th November – Hindu – the festival of lights – the awareness of the inner light
  • Celebrating Origami Day 11th November – Japan – honouring the ancient art of creating intricate objects and complex shapes out of square pieces of paper
  • Making teepees out of bamboo sticks – creating outdoor cubbies
  • Discuss different countries, cultural diversity and languages
  • Paintings using dyes and crayon resist
  • Obstacle course – interest extended from the Obstacle-a-thon fundraiser
  • Variety of different construction sets eg. Polyms and Lego
  • Puzzles and games of varying degrees of difficultly
  • Drawing in ‘dream diaries’ – open-ended reflective drawing books
  • Threading using beads, paper, cardboard, ribbon
  • Water play with science equipment
  • Imaginative play – dolls, farm set, dinosaur world, castle, dolls house
  • Blocks with new addition of wooden and foam pieces
  • Sand with volcano, Jurassic park, dinosaurs

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last,
"What's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.” ― A.A. Milne

Please note that new learning experience will be added and others modified as the curriculum evolves to meet the interests and needs of the children.

VEYLDF: Children are connected with and contribute to their world (community), Children are confident and involved learners (learning), Children have a strong sense of identity (identity), Children have a strong sense of wellbeing (wellbeing), Children are effective communicators (communication)

Specialist classes:

Italian language program with Janetta on Wednesday’s – weekly (30mins)
Music program with Von on Thursday’s- fortnightly (60mins)

Upcoming events:

  • Curriculum day – Monday 2nd November – LCK closed - child free day (teacher professional development training day).
  • Melbourne Cup public holiday – Tuesday 3rd November – LCK closed.
  • LCK Fundraising Event – 28th November – 4-7pm
Getting ready for Halloween!

Getting ready for Halloween!

What we have been doing this month.

What we have been doing this month.

So much artistic talent!

So much artistic talent!

Colourful creations.

Colourful creations.