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PLAY IN THE EARLY PRIMARY

This year the Early Primary teachers are privileged to be working with Lisa Burman in developing our Play Pedagogy. Lisa Burman is an education consultant who specialises in Early Childhood Education, Literacy and Playful Learning.

Play provides students with valuable opportunities to grow and develop in age-appropriate ways. At SMC teachers have been setting up a variety of invitations for students to engage with throughout our Discovery Play sessions. In these times we have seen student’s curiosity, wonder, creativity, problem-solving and social skills be enhanced. Discovery Play has allowed students to consolidate their learning, inquire and discover new knowledge and skills and develop their individual identities within year level groups.

Time to play is important at home and at school. Provided with the opportunity to play we have seen students take on the roles of engineers and builders to construct homes and habitats for living things – linking to the Reception unit ‘Staying Alive’.

The Year 1 students have enhanced their unit on ‘Healthy Habits’ through play as they become chefs preparing healthy meals and doctors keeping people healthy.

Miss Madeline Cole, Early Primary Coordinator

PASTORAL CARE

This term in Pastoral Care lessons the Receptions have been exploring the theme of ‘Being Healthy and Strong in Sport’. We have looked at different ways we can move and care for our bodies. The boys have had a focus on obstacle courses; balancing, jumping, throwing, hopping, and running through a variety of different courses. They have planned and created their own and set up new obstacles to challenge their buddies. The girls have focused on learning new sports. They have been developing their confidence in playing soccer and netball and got to show their new skills to their Year 8 Buddies through the GEM Program.  Both the Year 4 and GEM (Girls Empowerment Mentoring program) buddies have been outstanding in their leadership roles through each of these programs. The connection between buddies is evident and a clear sense of community is being displayed.

Miss Madeline Cole, Early Primary Coordinator