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transporting ourselves into the wonderful world of imaginative
play were all experiences enjoyed during our regular visits to
‘Dinosaur Land’, a rock area above the oval.
Strong connections with families have provided invaluable
opportunities for extending student learning beyond the
classroom. Making sense of their world has begun and will
continue. May the journey remain exciting.
on Orientation Day. While some were apprehensive, others
couldn’t contain their excitement as they began to discover
what Early Learning and Scotch Oakburn College is all about.
Now as our year concludes, and after we were joined along the
way by Mrs Foot-Hill and four extra children, we can look back
and reflect on our journey of discovery. I’m sure if the children
have had half as much fun as the grownups then 2014 has been
a fabulous year.
Play-based learning formed the key for children making
sense of their social and physical worlds. Facilitated through
open-ended indoor and outdoor environments, children were
encouraged to enquire, challenge, hypothesise, question and
experiment with their learning.
While familiarising ourselves with our new friends, new
school and surroundings, we began the year by exploring
Claremont Garden through our senses. Inspired by the book
We Went Walking by Sue Machin, we wrote a class book of the
same title, recalling what we could see in Claremont Garden.
Mulberries, sunflowers, yellow leaves, a pond, tall trees and
huge pumpkins were among our favourite observations.
After discovering dinosaur footprints in Claremont Garden,
students explored the question ‘How big is big?’ One child’s
response was that “dinosaurs are so big that they would break
the roof off!”. A stroll through Jurassic Swamp at Tasmania
Zoo saw the children experience life size dinosaurs in bush
surroundings, confirming that some would in fact ‘break the
roof off’ while others would comfortably walk through our
Gross motor development, social play, discovering
fossils, experiencing seasonal changes, counting, singing and
We have had an exciting year of discovery in EL Elliott,
embracing learning through play. Children explored play
indoors, outdoors and beyond our Early Learning environment.
In doing so, they developed their social skills, learning to
communicate with each other and establishing a sense of
belonging to our class and the Early Learning community. This
was enhanced by participating in LIVE@Elphin and sharing
collaborative morning teas with other Early Learning classes.
The children’s passion for the outdoors has been evident
throughout the year as we enjoyed weekly ‘adventures’ to
Claremont Garden. Our visits provided opportunities to explore,
discover, create and wonder about our natural environment. A
highlight was the celebration of International Mud Day in Term
2, when we explored the beauty of mud with EL Tandy.
Beauty has also been created throughout the year, as
children explored different ‘languages’ of learning, experiencing
painting, construction, drawing, sculpture, reading, collage,
drama and music. These experiences were enhanced through
weekly music sessions with Mr Sulzberger, regular visits to
conneXions and spending time with our Buddies from 5
Our year has flown by so quickly; it only seems like
yesterday when Mrs Johnston and I met 21 little smiling faces
Back row: Sienna Nesbit, Mrs Cherie Tatnell, Daisy McDermott, Zachary Boden, Lachlan Goninon, Tristan Nel, Colbee Mulligan, Charlie Johnson, Miss Caroline Tandy, Ella
Fitzgerald, Charlie Baker, Eli Viupe. Front row: Sara Adams, Daisy Walker-Adams, Kingston Gower, Pallavi Haribhakth, Charlie Mcleod, Neelabh Sharma, Bridget Waites, Bryn
Watkins, Jakob Mohamed. Absent: Harrison Beecroft, Imogen Dvorsky, Jessica Phelps, Matilda Darcey, Grace McLarty, Ewan Nicholas.
Back row: Sofia Lawrence, Mrs Hayley Foot-Hill, Asher Curtis. Middle: Anja Jacobs, Chloe Hassell, Miss Ami Wells, Grace Watters, Mrs Esther Croft-Elliott,
Reuben Phillips, Mrs Sharryn Johnston. Front row: Hugo Green, Grayson Edwards, Jett O’Keefe, Solomon Boyle, James Van der Aa, Fergus McBroom, Isabella Piesse, Sarah
Daisy McDermott, Colbee Mulligan
and Neelabh Sharma – exploring
the diversity of culture in traditional
Ewan Nicholas, Jakob Mohamed, Tristan
Nel, Kingston Gower, Sienna Nesbit and
An outdoor adventure
Ella Fitzgerald, Jessica Phelps, Harrison Beecroft and Sara Adams – how tall can we
build our tower?
Having fun in the sandpit
Grace McLarty, Matilda Darcey and Ewan Nicholas – chefs in the making
Exploring the climbing frames
Building a shelter
Back row: Oliver Routley, James Dobson, Dougal Johnston, Georgi Tole, Mrs Croft-
Elliott, Campbell Spencer. Front row: Zara Cole, Vienna Dingemanse, Olivia Padgett,
Indy Chugg, Gauthier Dauchez.
EARLY LEARNING TANDY
EARLY LEARNING ELLIOTT
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