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Prep E’s Excursion to CERES

On Wednesday the 23rd October, we went to CERES for our first school excursion! We had a long bus trip to Brunswick to learn about waste and how we could help the environment.


“We learned about the different bins to put our rubbish” – Amyra

“I liked feeding the chickens! The chicken bit me!” – Ibrahim

“I liked going on the BIG bus” – Jasmine

“The playground was fun – I was the first to climb to the top” – Zeeshma

“The ducklings in the pond were so cute” – Ruqaya

“I got to hold a worm!” – Yaseen

“The worm was so wiggly!” – Sam

Prep E tuning in to our new Big Idea… Environment

We have started to tune in to our new Big Idea ‘Environment’ by investigating what we already know about waste, and questions that we have about it…

We have been asking:

  • What is waste?
  • Where does waste come from?
  • What are the different types of waste?
  • Who does waste affect?
  • What waste do we make?

We explored a number of provocations to see what we already knew about these ideas… We are looking forward to investigating the answers!

“There are lots of chip packets in our school” – Ibby






“This is what the school would look like if it was covered in rubbish” – Ruqaya




“I have 3 pieces of rubbish in my lunchbox!”





“The lettuce goes in the green bin” – Zeeshma

Prep E’s Book Week Blog

Last Tuesday we celebrated Book Week! We came dressed as a our favourite book character!

“I came dressed as Batman!” – Jayden

“I was Leonardo- the leader of the ninja turtles” – Ibrahim

“I was the cat from Room on the Broom” – Jasmine

“I was Elsa” – Samira

“I came as Snow White.  I like Snow White because she is pretty and likes her friends” – Sammy


We had a parade to show off our costumes. Then we wrote about why we had chosen to dress as our characters!

Prep E are 100 Days Smarter!!

Last Wednesday we celebrated our 100th day of Prep! We were so happy and proud for all the learning we had done so far in our first year of school.  To celebrate we made special 100 days crowns, we did some writing about what we would do with $100, we used teamwork to make towers out of 100 cups and made special fruit loop necklaces with 100 fruit loops! It was a fantastic day and our buddies even came to share the celebration with us!


“I’m proud because I can read now” – Ibrahim

“I’m proud of my writing!” – Sammy

“I am proud of my counting!” – Hargun

Rookeepers Incursion – Prep E

What an exciting Friday it was today! After weeks of waiting we finally had our incursion. A lady called Lisa came from The Rookeepers and brought along lots of animals to show us!


We learned about how animals survive in the wild and got to touch lots of different animals. They were all pretty friendly but we had to be brave to touch the snakes!! Marley the dingo was our favourite!

Prep E ask, “What do living things need?”

Now we know what makes something living or nonliving, we have been going deeper into what living things need. We planted seeds in five different ways to investigate what conditions are best for a plant!

Some seeds are going to have sun and water, some seeds will have sun but no water, some seeds will have sun and water but no soil, some seeds will have soil and water but no sun and some seeds will have extra water. We read the book “Plant the Tiny Seed” and made predictions about which plant will grow the best.

We can’t wait to see what happens!!

Exploring Living and Nonliving in Prep E

We have been investigating whether things are living or nonliving.  We read the book Living Things by Patricia Armentrout and learned that living things are people, animals and plants. We also found out that living things have needs like air, food and water.

We went on a walk to find things that are living and nonliving. We practised justifying our thinking by using the word because.

“This is nonliving because it is not an animal or a plant or a person”

“This used to be living because it used to be a tree”

“Trees are living because they need water and air!”

We’ve also been writing facts using the information we are learning.

Learning about shapes in Prep E!

We have been learning to name, describe and make shapes in maths. We can talk about how many edges and corners each shape has and the features different shapes have in common. We have been using geoboards to make the shapes.


“I know this is a triangle because it has three edges and three corners – it looks like a sandwich” – Zain

“A rectangle has four sides but they’re not all the same like a square” – Ruqaya

Using Blue-Bots to retell stories in Prep E

We have been learning how to retell stories. We need to remember the characters in the story, what happens to them and retell the story in the right sequence. We’ve been reading The Three Little Pigs so we used the Blue-Bots to help us retell what happened in that story.

“The wolf went down the chimney and burnt his bottom on the fire!” – Stephanie

“The little pig ran to the stick house and the wolf chased him” – Ibrahim

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Prep E retell in action

Exploring ‘Identity’ in Prep E

In Prep E we have been learning about what makes us ‘unique’. We are unique on the inside and the outside.

We had a go at drawing some self-portraits to show what we look like on the outside. We helped each other remember all the parts of our faces and tried to use oil pastel colours that were close to what we look like.


We all like different things and have different things that are important to us. We made heart maps to show what we love and value.

“I love maths because I’m good at it” – Ibby

“I love ballet!” – Sammy

“I drew my mum and brother” – Taha