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Trinity News : August 2011
44 TRINITY NEWS As part of their inquiry into Sharing the Planet, Kindergarten went on a ferry around Sydney Harbour with students from the Prep School. We saw many famous landmarks and learned about how Sydney Harbour is an important source of water. We especially loved seeing some amazing ships and submarines. We wrote a book about our adventures and now it’s one of our favourite books in reading corner! Our Unit of Inquiry culminated with a Water Expo where we invited parents and boys from Year One and Two to come and see our posters, models and experiments about water. It was a chaotic yet exciting morning and the boys were able to share their understandings about the use of water in our world. Sasha Cuthbert | KC Teacher 44 TRINITY NEWS WaterExpoand Afloat During Term Three, Pre-Kindergarten explored a unit of inquiry about Life Cycles First, we gathered the boys’ ideas on what a living thing was and what changes took place when an animal, such as a bird, hatches out of an egg. As the scope of life cycles is so vast, Pre-Kindergarten have chosen to focus on the life cycles of butterflies, frogs, chickens and plants. Following our initial discussions on what constitutes life, cycles and change, we investigated the life cycle of butterflies – the egg on the leaf, the caterpillar stage, the chrysalis and the adult butterfly. In our inquiry into the life cycle of frogs, the boys demonstrated eagerness in learning new terms such as ‘egg spawn’ and ‘froglet’. With the assistance of life cycle videos and visual aids, we have worked together in class and small groups to develop a deeper understanding of each stage of the life cycles studied. The boys have enthusiastically made artwork associated with each life cycle explored and are consolidating their learning by utilising the reading and picture book material provided in the classroom. We look forward to continuing with the unit and building upon what the boys already know and what they would like to know about life cycles and the world around them. Miss Ienna, Miss Kobylinski, Mrs Wills and Miss Martin | Pre- Kindergarten, Lewisham PRE KINDERGARTEN PYP INTRODUCTION from the top: KC on board the ferry! | Zachariah Nguyen explaining his experiment at the Water Expo to Daniel Koothoor and Eric He | Hussein Naji, Tarquin Liauw, Clark Foley and Kian Guildea on the ferry in Darling Harbour | KC is ready to board the ferry at Circular Quay Lessons Life cycle concept wall Discovery table Frog lif e cycl e