Launch into learners forge community connections

By Howrah Primary School

HOWRAH Primary School’s “Launch into Learning” program is now up and running, designed specially for children from birth to five-years-of-age.

The program runs on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.15am to 10.30am.

Newly developed by program coordinators and kindergarten teachers Purdie Reason and Jocelyn Fraser, the program focuses on forging connections with the school, kindergarten teachers, other children, families and the local community.

The sessions provide the opportunity for children to attend with an adult and engage in a range of age appropriate learning activities.

The Wednesday morning session, run by Mrs Fraser, is held at the Howrah Kindergarten and is a hive of activity, becoming very popular with the children and their families.

Children and their carers engage in a range of fun learning activities that assist in the development of language, literacy, numeracy, fine and gross motor skills.

Upcoming term three sessions will include themes around farm animals, shapes, spring and food.

Mrs Fraser plans the learning environment to ensure that all ages are catered for through learning activities that provide for active exploration, discovery and fun.

Friday morning sessions, which are facilitated by Mrs Reason, focus on connecting with the local community.

Children and families have enjoyed a wide range of opportunities this year to participate in local trips to Wentworth Park, Howrah Beach, Risdon Brook Dam and The Bush Kinder.

Howrah Primary School has welcomed a range of visitors, such as music teacher Karen Matthews, to help run the sessions, which have so far included a Rompers Dance and transport morning that filled the school carpark with visiting police cars, an ambulance, fire truck and vintage cars.

On a fortnightly basis, the Friday morning sessions are held in the school library and provide the opportunity for children to enjoy a morning of stories, music and dance and to borrow books to take home.

Among those to attend the sessions on a weekly basis is Kelly Verdouw, with her four-year-old twins Florence and Henry.

“We love going to the Howrah Launch into Learning sessions,” Ms Verdouw said.

“My twins enjoy participating in the activities and it has been such a great way to introduce our children to the school environment.”

Jenny Self’s two boys, Tyler and Nate, also love the weekly sessions.

“The range of different activities the program provides is fantastic,” Ms Self said.

“My boys particularly love the outings on Friday mornings – they are able to meet and interact with other children, they both just love it.”

A program timetable for term three is available online at http://howrahprimary.education.tas.edu.au/launching-into-learning/ or through the Howrah Primary School office by phoning 6246 6333.

Caption: Launch into Learning participant Ben Heron on an excursion to Howrah Beach.