K1.3 Crazy Hat!
The children of K1.3 participated in the Crazy hat Day. Each child created a different hat for the occasion. They were all very happy and excited.
Ms R. Mizzi
K1.1 Book Week
Welcome to our Book Week celebrations. We have been using the emergent curriculum and the Project Approach to satisfy the young ones’ curiosities. Currently, we have started to explore and investigate ‘Dinosaurs’.
Since we are still at the beginning of our exploration about the dinosaurs, we chose a book that allows us to learn some more about dinosaurs and their names, apart from their characteristics.
The book is called Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We started by observing what can be seen on the cover of the book. We asked questions such as “Where do you think Harry is going?” and “How heavy do you think the bucket is?” among other questions. The children answered heartily and looked forward to learn more.
In it, we learned about a boy who discovers his love for dinosaurs. We also found out how he took care of them and carried them along with him wherever he went. We learned that in order to learn about their names, Harry visited the library where he could learn more about these creatures.
We followed the shared reading session by investigating some dinosaurs using our pictorial stones. The children were able to handle these stones and examine the details well with the help of the magnifying glasses. They also had exposure to dinosaur flashcards so that they were able to match the dinosaur to the appropriate card, hear and learn their proper names.
After this, a tuff tray was laid out using natural resources such as logs and pinecones. Dinosaurs were added to the tray so that the children could have first-hand experience in the exploration of the dinosaur’s characteristics.
We finished the activity by exploring a book about the noises that the dinosaurs might have made. It was a very exciting conclusion to the fun day we had as the children could continue to experience what learning about dinosaurs could entail. They had the opportunity to press the buttons and listen to the sounds and discriminate between different dinosaurs.
Ms E. Formosa
K1.2 World Book Day
As a Kindergarten Educator, I have a wonderful opportunity to help instill a love of stories and books in the children I care for. I chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar story written by Eric Carle as it is both popular with kids and adults. Alongside the book I also used a PowerPoint presentation, props and story stones. Apart from being a language and literacy tool this story provided meaningful learning opportunities for the children through its bright artwork, gentle repetition and an assortment of foods. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was a perfect introduction to early learning numbers, colours and days of the week.
Ms J. Saliba
K1.4 Jack and the Beanstalk
Children in our classroom started to show interest in leaves and soil. Therefore we decided to start the topic – ‘Exploring Nature’. Jack and the beanstalk was our chosen story to use with the topic as it includes beans, a tree and soil. Our learners were really engaging in the story. They were simply amazed with the part where Jack’s mum threw the bean seeds away and an enormous tree grew.
We started by reading the story from a book. Then we added the use of puppets whilst letting the children participate by telling parts of the story themselves. The use of puppets encouraged the learners to engage while having the ability to visualize the story better.
We continued with this story for two weeks. By using this story, we also managed to tackle the topic of Numeracy. Students were asked to count the leaves, and match numbers on laminated beans with the numbers on the leaves.
Children brought some beans from home which were used during free play. We set up the tuff tray with stick laminated puppets together with the beans. Students loved playing with the beans whilst reciting the story to each other without our instruction. ‘FI, FAI, FUM’ was the phrase which we heard them say the most.
Another activity which was done related to the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’, was planting beans. Children enjoyed putting soil in their pots. We put the pots in the classroom’s window sill and watered the bean plants on a regular basis. They coloured the giant’s castle and they put it in their pots. When the beanstalk was ready for repotting, we have decided to send the plant with them at home where parents can take better care of them together with their children.
Sorting of colours was another activity which we have included with the story. Children had to sort gummy beans with different colours and finally count how many there were from different colours.
Ms L. Dalli and Ms G. Zerafa
K1.8 Book Week Activity
This year, during Book Week, I wanted to emphasis that books are not just for telling stories but also a source of information and facts. Since we just started our project called “Qalb is-Siġar u l-Fjuri” and we are currently investigating flowers, we read the book – How do flowers grow? By Usborne. Since we are exploring nature, we thought it would be fit to do our reading session and activities outdoors. While reading the book, the children listened carefully at the different facts and observed as they helped in opening the flaps that revealed more information. We also used different props such as picture stones and flashcards. After reading the book, the children represented what they had learnt from the book by drawing on wooden whiteboards while also observing real life leaves and flowers in frames. We then carried out a very simple but meaningful learning experience on the Tuff Tray. The children experienced first-hand the three main sources that flowers need to grow – water, sunlight, and air. The children then took on the roles of nature detectives and were engaged in a multi-sensory learning opportunity. The little learners were engaged in exploring and investigating real natural materials – they observed, mixed, and squished, while also using rich vocabulary learnt during these sessions. This activity also encouraged lots of collaborative work, sharing and turn taking.
Ms. R Spiteri
K1.4 Crazy Hair Day
Ms L. Dalli, Ms G. Zerafa
K1.9 Walk with Jerome
For the occasion of the cancer awareness day the children made a purple heart craft and went for a short walk around the school yard, they released a purple balloon in the name of Jerome. They brought a monetary donation, and it was explained to them that the money will go to help the doctors to find a cure for people who are sick.
Ms. L Ciantar
K1.11 Walking with Jerome
Ms C. Borg
K1.6 Walking with Jerome
Below you find photos regarding Jerome’s walk. We did a heart craft with a purple bow.
Ms M. Grech
K1.10 World Cancer Day
Below are the pictures of our activity to support Cancer Awareness Day. We stuck to our topic Dinosaurs and created a purple t-rex ☺️
Ms M. Calleja
K1.4 World Cancer Day
Ms L. Dalli, Ms K. Ahar, Ms G. Zerafa
These are children from K1.9 during an activity in our school yard as part of their hands on experience during their project called “cars”.
Ms R. Mizzi
Halloween Spaghetti Messy Play:
I prepared this activity as an introduction to Halloween. During this activity, the children worked on their fine motor skills (using different tweezers), colour recognition as well as discussion skills.
Room on the Broom; Potion Making:
First, we read the book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. After I decorated and set up a table with different items and materials. I also prepared a PowerPoint presentation with a recipe for the kids to follow. The children followed the recipe and counted each ‘ingredient’ to make their potion. Afterwards this turned into a messy activity as they mixed and stirred the potion they made.
Ms R. Spiteri