Ms Fry and Ms Guthridge’s Pre Primary Classroom

BY ON Sep 10, 2015
Show and Tell Classroom - take a tour around Ms Fry and Ms Guthridges Classroom for lots of inspiring ideas.

Welcome back to or new series here on Learning 4 Kids called Show and Tell Classroom.


Show and Tell Classroom has been developed from the idea of celebrating the wonderful work that teachers do in the classroom every day. There are so many inspiring teachers out there with amazing classrooms and Show and Tell Classroom is also opportunity for teachers to showcase their wonderful work and a place where other teachers can come and look for inspiration and ideas.


Today we are visiting an Australian Pre Primary classroom. I am so excited and absolutely grateful to be sharing with you today the very inspiring Ms Fry and Ms Guthridge’s Classroom.


[h2 border style2]“Frozen” Investigation [/h2 border style2]

Show and Tell Classroom Frozen Investigation. Image credit Rob n Jules

Provocation to inspire creative play based on the children’s overwhelming interest in the movie “Frozen”. Children were encouraged to make a snowman using sticks, cotton balls, eyes etc, use the characters to create stories and draw/ write to record these.


[h2 border style3]Maths Investigation [/h2 border style3]

Maths provocation to investigate heaviest and lightest, making combinations to 10. Image credit Rob n Jules

A Maths provocation to investigate heaviest and lightest, making combinations to 10 and recording number sentences on the magnetic whiteboard. Children were encouraged to record their discoveries on the clipboards provided to share with the rest of the class.


[h2 border style2]Snail Science Investigation [/h2 border style2]

Snail Science Investigation. image credit Rob n Jules

Following the children’s interest in the snails they were finding in our outdoor play environment, we set up a snail investigation table together. We made a habitat for them, provided microscopes, a container for them to be taken out and put into for closer inspection, a chart with headings for children to post their questions on sticky notes for further research and as always clipboards to record their thoughts and discoveries.


[h2 border style3]Living Things Science Investigation [/h2 border style3]

Living Things Science Investigation. image credit Rob n Jules

This Science investigation is all about living and non-living things. We provided some living herbs, a basket of toys that included both living and non-living things and information texts for some self-guided research. Children were encouraged to sort objects into categories and once again record their discoveries.


[h2 border style2]Faraway Tree Imagination Station [/h2 border style2]

Faraway Tree Imagination Station. image credit Rob n Jules

As we were reading aloud The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton to the class, we created this creative play provocation for children to recreate the story and make up their own adventures with the characters (which were made by gluing printed and laminated faces to peg dolls). The language and creativity this inspired was incredible.


[h2 border style3]Literacy Investigation [/h2 border style3]

Literacy Investigation, amge credit Rob n Jules

This is one of our literacy inspired investigations. Children can make words with the magnetic letters, trace over alphabet cards, play sight word Uno together, practise writing their letters and write notes for their friends using a variety of pens and different paper.


[h2 border style2]Reading Nook [/h2 border style2]

Reading Nook. image credit Rob n Jules

A quiet place for the children to read to each other, a teddy or just go for some quiet time.


[h2 border style3]About Ms Fry and Ms Guthridge [/h2 border style3]

We are 2 teachers in a job share partnership that has been operating happily for about 10 years now. Our classroom is a Pre-primary of 27 children. As we are Early Childhood Educators we believe strongly that despite the increased demands the Australian Curriculum has placed on these little guys, real and valuable learning still occurs through play, so we put a lot of time into setting up our environment to inspire and promote this. We run other learning activities that change from lesson to lesson, but leave these Investigation Stations as a constant for approximately 1-2 weeks, depending on the children’s interests at the time. We hope they are of some use to anyone out there who may be interested!


Thank you Ms Fry and Ms Guthridge for sharing with us your AMAZING and incredibly INSPIRING classroom.


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5 responses to “Ms Fry and Ms Guthridge’s Pre Primary Classroom”

  1. Kelly says:

    I adore the faraway tree provocation! What a wonderful way to work with the story through play. And such an inviting book book! Such a great idea for a series!!

  2. my oh my, I am soooooo enchanted by this sweet classroom! Love the variety of investigations, and especially the Enid Blyton one (how lovely!) and snail science. All of them look so inviting and beautiful to see how much creativity and care is poured into them. Really enjoying this series and I am not even a teacher! Just wonderful to see the variety of ways learning can happen 🙂 Well done to these teachers who clearly love their classes and work so much – true care and passion is poured into this 🙂

  3. Looks fantastic! I can imagine my kids would be happy to spend time at any of those learning stations. I love the reading corner and the snail habitat too.

  4. Chelsea says:

    Wow what an incredible series!!! I just love peaking into different classrooms, such an inspiration for teachers!

  5. Oh wow. I love the faraway tree and so do my girls!

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