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  • 1 REDDAM EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL | ST LEONARDS NEWSLETTER 1

    Simone’s Message By Simone Cooke, Principal

    Dear Parents,

    What a delight it is each day to walk

    around our busy school and see all the

    wonderful learning taking place.

    Our little ones in the Nest are a never

    ending source of delight for us all,

    particularly at Movement time each

    day when they entertain us with their

    creative dance moves!

    Of course our Fledglings are not to be

    outdone and are impressing us all with

    their knowledge of colours and their

    beautiful butterfly creations.

    Our Stage 2 children have been

    making sure we are all recycling and

    caring for our environment, whilst

    Stages 3 & 4 are busy exploring the

    human body and taking exciting

    journeys to every corner of the globe.

    There is never a dull moment at St

    Leonards and our fabulous teachers

    are ensuring that each and every one

    of the children is enjoying the special

    magic of Reddam.

    Wishing you all a restful weekend.

    Warm regards,

    Simone

    20 MAY 2016

  • 2 REDDAM EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL | ST LEONARDS NEWSLETTER 2

    Curriculum decision making contributes

    to each child’s learning and

    development outcomes in relation to

    their identity, connection with

    community, wellbeing, confidence as

    learners and effectiveness as

    communicators (Element 1.1.1).

    This week we have been working on two

    projects. The first one is “what is this

    sound?”. We have been collecting

    paper rolls, empty cans and other

    resources to make our own instruments.

    We started by decorating our instruments

    and next week we will work on our music

    wall.

    Autumn has approached and to

    celebrate this beautiful season we

    dedicated the documentation wall to

    stunning trees made of cork painting. We

    loved painting with corks because they

    make such fun polka dots and are a

    perfect size for little hands. This was a fun

    exploration of fall colors and can be

    adapted to either a strict focus on order

    or it can have a more open ended view.

    The goal was to talk about the colours,

    the season, leaves and purely to let the

    children create. Art is vitally important as

    it encourages children to explore and

    make sense of their world, investigate,

    imagine, create and problem-solve. It

    enables children to make choices and

    achieve!

    Children’s creativity is connected to all

    five Learning Outcomes in the Early Years

    Learning Framework (EYLF) (DEEWR, 2009)

    and receives explicit attention in

    Outcomes 4 (Children are confident and

    involved learners) and 5 (Children are

    effective communicators). Outcome 4

    highlights creativity as an important

    learning disposition that impacts on

    learning throughout life.

    The Nest By Gabriela Guimaraes

  • 3 REDDAM EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL | ST LEONARDS NEWSLETTER 3

    Specialist Classes

    Drama, music, dance and visual art

    foster creativity and imagination in

    toddlers. These activities also help young

    children develop their senses through

    exploration and discovery. They let

    toddlers express how they see the world

    and their place in it.

    Toddlers can use creative play to

    communicate their feelings. They might

    not always be able to say why they’re

    feeling angry, depressed, happy or

    frightened. But in an encouraging

    environment, they might be able to use

    arts activities and experiences to express

    these feelings using paint, colour,

    movement, mime, dramatic gestures,

    singing or dancing.

    Exploring Outdoors

    Everyday the children in The Nest have

    been offered a little “adventure track” in

    the playground during their outdoor play.

    The children are loving climbing up and

    down, rolling in the tunnel, etc. They are

    also loving climbing on the big

    equipment frame in the playground so

    they can have a turn on the slippery dip.

    The children’s confidence is increasing as

    they become more independent in

    exploring gross motor activities. They are

    starting not only to walk but to run as

    well!

    Friendly Reminders:

     Even though the cold weather is

    approaching we are still required to

    wear hats outside, so please don’t

    forget to pack hats.

     Please ensure that all of your child’s

    belongs are properly labelled.

     With the change of weather, please

    ensure that the children have

    appropriate change of clothes in

    their bags, including socks.

    The Nest By Gabriela Guimaraes

  • 4 REDDAM EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL | ST LEONARDS NEWSLETTER 4

    The Nest Photo Gallery

  • 5 REDDAM EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL | ST LEONARDS NEWSLETTER 5

    The Nest Photo Gallery

  • 6 REDDAM EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL | ST LEONARDS NEWSLETTER 6

    Children are Confident and Involved

    Learners

    A sense of security and sound wellbeing

    gives children the confidence to

    experiment and explore and to try out

    new ideas, thus developing their

    competence and becoming active and

    involved participants in learning.

    EYLF Outcome 4

    Observing how much the children loved

    the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

    we started making our own caterpillar

    using balloon painting and colourful

    sticks. We have also been busy making

    butterflies, as the hungry caterpillar

    becomes a beautiful rainbow butterfly.

    “The Very Hungry Caterpillar“ is a

    beautiful book, displaying its vivid and

    colourful collage illustrations and is a

    deceptively simply, hopeful story. The

    children love the die-cut pages and

    finger-sized holes to interact and explore!

    “He built a small house, called a cocoon,

    around himself. He stayed inside for more

    than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole

    in the cocoon, pushed his way out and...

    he was a beautiful butterfly!”

    Movement, Music and Outdoor Play

    Moving the Body

    Regular movement helps children to

    develop movement control, coordination

    and strength. Children can move their

    bodies in many ways. By moving their

    body, children develop movement

    control as they balance, crawl, run, jump

    and swing. Children also develop a sense

    of where their body is in relation to space,

    and improve their balance, coordination

    and strength. uesdays we explore

    Physical Education with Coach Spencer

    Clifton, targeting key areas for the development

    of the children's core strength, stability and co­

    ordination.

    Fledglings By Michele Santos

  • 7 REDDAM EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL | ST LEONARDS NEWSLETTER 7

    We have been practising dancing every

    day and the children love moving their

    bodies while listening to their favourite

    songs. We have also been encouraging

    the children to engage in activities that

    promote movement. Jump, hop, run,

    crawl, sidestep, slide, walk and balance

    are so much fun!

    On Tuesdays we explore Physical

    Education with Coach Spencer Clifton,

    targeting key areas for the development

    of the children's core strength, stability

    and co-ordination.

    On Thursdays the children are invited to

    participate in teacher -lead dance and

    drama activities with Laura Hudson,

    involving props and music, body

    movements and balance.

    Music

    Dancing, musical games and movement

    activities develop children’s coordination,

    control and body awareness. Musical

    experiences also provide opportunities for

    children to explore the elements of music

    such as beat, rhythm and tempo.

    Listening to songs and music helps to

    develop children’s listening skills,

    language, vocabulary and memory.

    Participating in music activities develops

    children’s imagination, creativity and

    sense of wonder. As they make and

    respond to music, they explore ways to

    creatively represent their feelings, ideas

    and experiences.

    On Wednesdays the children have been

    exploring music with Justin Sze. The

    children have been introduced to new

    music instruments, sounds and

    movement. They love exploring all the

    musical instruments and their favourite

    time has been when Justin plays the flute

    as they have an enjoyable relaxation

    time, lying on the floor.

    Fledglings By Michele Santos

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