Pre-Primary Outdoor Classroom Day 2018

IMG_2749Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.

On November 1st Atwell Pre-primary joined in a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play! Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity-it is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.

All of our Pre-primaries joined in mini golf, reading in a tent, water play, bubble blowing, mini-beast hunting, nature collage creating, transient art pictures, observation drawing, racing games and building our own obstacle course.

WOW what a great day we had making new friends and working with a new team! A huge thank you to all the teachers and students for making this a wonderful success.

Term 4 in Year 1

Term Four in Year 1

DSC03177This term in English students will be looking at a variety of persuasive texts. They will be learning about the conventions of persuasive texts and how to write their own. We will continue to read fiction and non-fiction books in both shared and guided reading and use a wide range of known strategies to read these books. In Speaking and Listening there will be a continued focus on active listening and exploring different ways to communicate with others – verbal and non verbal.

This term in Mathematics students will be looking at the days of the week and months of the year, and will be learning how to read a calendar. They will learn how to tell the time on digital and analogue clocks and will also explore object, shape and number patterns. Students will also review addition and subtraction problems with and without regrouping

This term in Health students will be learning about how to make positive choices, which will help them towards living a safe, healthy and active lifestyle.

This term in Science students will be exploring physical sciences. They will be investigating sound and light through responding to questions, making predictions and participating in investigations.

This term in HASS students will be developing their geographical knowledge and understanding through identifying where activities are located and the reason why they are located there. They will also be looking at sustainability and learning about how they can recycle, reduce and re-use.

This term in Design and Technologies students will be taking part in a range of plugged and unplugged activities. They will be learning to identify and debug their own programs. Students will also be looking at their digital footprint and identifying what makes a safe and unsafe website.


Dash and Dot Programming in Year 6

DSC01237Our Year 6 classes programmed the Dash Robots to knock down bowling pins on a 50cm grid.  They calculated the distance and direction that the robot had to move, then used the Blockly app to program the robot.  Here is a reflection from one of the groups.

“My Wow moment was when we did the Dash and Dot because we went in there and smashed it! We did the challenge with ease and if we did make a mistake we could fix it straight away. But it was still loads of fun and maybe one of the best activities I have done. I enjoyed how the robot followed the programs we made for it very well. Making specific steps became very easy.

By Ryan Northey and Jeska Santiago”

Pre-Primary Learning in Term 4

Special Days:

  • Healthy Lifestyle Excursion: Monday October 15
  • Outdoor Classroom Day: Thursday November 1
  • Super Hero Celebration Day: Thursday November 22

This term in PP we are focussing on the following:


  • Reading:
  • Continue with whole class reading books and group guided reading books. Decoding tricky words and making meaning of what we have read.
  • Writing:
  • Guided and free writing, letter writing, list making, card writing and labelling pictures and diagrams.
  • Spelling:
  • Our sounds are all alphabet sounds,sh ch th, ss ff zz ll, blends tr dr cr br gr fr, final blends ng nt nk nd and initial blend bl cl fl pl sl


  • Careful counting
  • Addition, subtraction and sharing
  • Place value
  • Number writing and reading number words


  • The representation of familiar places, such as schools, parks and lakes on a pictorial map.
  • The globe as a representation of the Earth on which Australia and other familiar countries can be located


Actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing, such as:

  • Participate in play that promotes engagement with outdoor settings and the natural environment
  • Throwing, catching and kicking a ball from the ground


  • Continue to consolidate algorithms
  • Program – plugged and unplugged activities
  • Internet safety


  • Chemical materials

Kindy Fun Sports Carnival

Last Wednesday the annual Atwell Kindy Fun Sports Carnival proved once again to be a popular event. The day began with the children marching out in teams to be greeted enthusiastically by the spectator families. The Kindy children participated in The Bear Hunt Obstacle Course, The Humpty Dumpty Egg and Spoon Relay, The Kindy Cup Horse Race and the Gingerbread Man Running Races. The Kindy parents also got into the spirit of the day by running in the energetic and very competitive Roll Out the Barrel Relays.

Our Deputy, Mr Jones once again did an excellent job announcing the events and our Principal Mr Doherty made his debut at Kindy Sports Day as our official starter. Claire Zappa and Shayne, our school chaplain helped out with tricky situations on the track or in the bays . The very capable Year 6 Faction Captains found their inner Kindy child and joined in the races whenever they had the chance. All this coupled with a glorious spring day made it an enjoyable and memorable event for everyone.

Year 2, Term 3

DSCN0669This term the Year two students have been exploring and investigating the effects of mixing materials together.

We learned about materials that don’t mix well and others that are difficult to separate.  Through hands-on investigations, students explored how changing the quantities of materials in a mixture can change its properties and uses.

We also learned about acrostic poems.  We wrote our names vertically down the side of a page. These letters are used to begin each line of the poem to describe ourselves.  We then creatively drew and decorated ourselves.

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