Preps enter the Kids Cave

When I was little, my absolute favourite days at home involved building a cubby. On rainy days, my Mum would give my brother and I full authority to use every blanket in the house. We’d carefully drape the blankets over furniture and other props, creating a labyrinth of tunnels and rooms. Naturally lunch would be taken deep inside our cave.

On fine days, we’d do the same outside, with cardboard boxes, sheets and the washing line playing an instrumental role in our architectural plans.

The Kids Cave is a school playground version of the same idea. Read about how the Kids Cave came about here and here. Alex Schifter gives us a glimpse of how the Preps have been using the Kids Cave –

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Performing Arts and the Primary Years Programme

There’s lots of ways to learn about music. This week, our Performing Arts teacher, Lee-Ann Butchart, tells us about the way Year 5 and 6 students are learning music.

Central Idea
Musicians work together to create music. Continue reading

Let’s get coding!

Have they cracked the code? It’s just the start for Junior School students, who recently began to learn all about coding. Niall O’Brien tell us more –

This term as part of the Digital Technologies Curriculum, Years 1 & 2 students are undertaking a 9-lesson coding incursion from ScopeIT Education. Each lesson runs for 40 minutes every Wednesday from Week 3 to Week 11. During these sessions, two ScopeIT Education educators will teach the students the foundational skills involved in coding, including programming a character to undertake a specific set of steps. Continue reading

The countdown to the Grand Prix!

The Year 6 team are gearing up for their Billy Cart Grand Prix (and hopefully saving some energy for the billy cart rides – the Junior School students have been saving their gold coins for lots of turns around the oval!).

Thank you to Anand, Abigail, Rachael and Tara for this week’s post –

It all started with an incursion and our previously mentioned excitement to build, design and will our way not only to race day, but moreover to being crowned the Billy Cart Grand Prix Champions! Continue reading

Dot-to-dot connections

How do we find our way to a particular place? There’s usually lots of different routes. How do we find our way through a task? There’s usually lots of different ways to tackle a problem. An inquiry exercise in Class 3/4MH demonstrates this.

To start the Inquiry Unit, Sharing the Planet, the Middle School students were asked to do a dot-to-dot connection. This great idea was taken from Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies by Sheena Cameron. Continue reading

Clay, Cubism and Collage

When Shelley Ware sent me this week’s blog post I was amazed by all the photos of the beautiful artwork. But truly, the photos don’t do the work justice! Head to school pick-up a few minutes early one day and take a walk down the corridors to see all of these amazing pieces up close.

What a creative fun start to the Art year we have had at Kew Primary School. We started off with all of the classes completing a Collaborative Circle painting on calico. They are an amazing 1m x 2m in length and all are collaborative masterpieces. You will see them hanging proudly in and outside of the classrooms throughout the school. There is also one hanging in the art room that every student in the school was asked to paint on. It’s beautiful so please feel free to come into the art room and have a look anytime. Continue reading