Police Incursion in Pre-Primary

IMG_8779This term, Pre-primary students have been learning all about Road Safety. We had a Police Officer come to speak to us about how to be a “road smart kid” and we got to ask many interesting questions. We also had a look at the Police car and got to have a picture inside!






Kindy Pirate Day

DSC07970Atwell Kindergarten teachers hosted their annual Pirate Day event last week.  The children and teachers had an exciting day, dressing up as pirates and attending a multitude of fun indoor and outdoor activities.  The pirates banded together under the Atwell Tree for a hearty lunch before going on a hunt to find buried treasure, and then finally, sharing the booty among the crew at the end of a very busy day.




Super Hero Day in Pre-Primary

IMG_2790On Thursday November 22nd, the Pre-Primaries celebrated the end of our SUPER year by dressing up as SUPER heroes and enjoying a day of super-powered activities.

Our day began with some super challenges…SUPER sense obstacle course, phone booth dress-up relay, kryptonite disposer race and bean bag attack to knock out some villains!

Thank you to everyone for making our day such a SUPER successful one.

Kalamunda History Village – Term 4 Year 2 Excursion

On Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th November 2018, the Year 2 students visited the Kalamunda History Village as part of the extensive educational history program.

We took a trip back 100 years and were provided with a unique taste of what life was like a century ago.

davKalamunda State School House (1905-1970).  Students were fascinated to see how a classroom was set up in the last century and they sat at one of the old wooden desks.






davToys of the time included billy carts, a very old Monopoly set, wooden toys and a giant Georgian doll’s house, decked out with furniture and dolls. A favourite with our students.

McCullagh Cottage (1895) is a tiny settler’s cottage that we were able to walk through.  It was home to three generations of the McCullagh family who were early settlers in the area.




We were treated to a demonstration of an 80 year old fruit grading machine in the Orchard Shed.  Students loved piling in fruit they had brought which was taken up the conveyer belt, cleand and then sorted into size.







Students were involved in activities such as washing the dishes by hand, using an old fashioned iron, washing clothes with an old-fashioned wringer/washer and using stencils.  They also enjoyed the Blacksmith and dairy displays and even got to sit in a big red truck.





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.