Our world relies on water

Thank you to the Junior School team for this week’s post –

Year 1 and 2 students have been working hard over the past few weeks exploring water in our world. Under the trans-disciplinary theme of ‘Sharing the Planet’ students have delved into the central idea of ‘Our world relies on water’. Continue reading

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He’s doing the worm!

Thank you to the Prep Team for this week’s post.

On Monday 6th May, the Preps had an incursion from CERES. We learnt all about worms and ‘mini beasts’. Alice, from CERES, brought in a bunch of exciting resources including millipedes, slaters, worms, insect hotels, a toy worm called ‘Wormie’ and magnifying glasses. The preps inquired into cycles, composting, bugs in our school environment and how to attract more bugs to our school. Continue reading

Let’s spend a week in the Library

Libraries are evolving spaces – yes, they are home to books but they are also places for learning in all sorts of ways; they provide a sanctuary when we need some ‘quiet time’; and they are meeting spot for various other activities. I happened to listen to a fantastic podcast this week, Palaces for the People, which described libraries as ‘social infrastructure’, and stresses the importance of them in our lives. If you have time, the podcast is certainly worth a listen but if not, know that the KPS Library is doing all the things that we need from good ‘social infrastructure’. Our librarian, Ruth, gives us a snapshot of a week in the Library –

Each class has one session in the library each week. In this time the students listen to a picture story book, return and borrow books and then settle down to sustained silent reading. Continue reading

Enrichment at KPS

Thank you to Natalie Ryan for this week’s post about the KPS Enrichment Program.

At Kew Primary School the Enrichment Program is designed to support students to achieve their best outcomes in key areas, such as Literacy and Numeracy. It sets a platform on which skills are built and extended upon. Selection is based on a range of relevant testing data and assessment. Some students require additional assistance to reach the expected achievement levels or may benefit from the challenges that extension activities provide. At KPS we are committed to ensuring that all KPS students achieve their very best. Continue reading

The first five weeks

Thank you to the Prep team for this week’s post.

The year is off and racing and despite a few early teething issues, we are pleased to see that our preps have settled into school life quite seamlessly.

Learning to pack and unpack their school bag, where to line up at the end of recess and lunch, stacking the chairs at the end of the day are some of the everyday aspects of school the preps are busy implementing. Continue reading

What we’ve done and what’s ahead

Thank you to the Junior School for this week’s post.

The Year One and Two students are switched on and ready to learn. They have been inquiring into: ‘How to collect and sort data’, ‘What makes a good learner’ and how to improve their writing. Below are the responses students in Year One gave to the questions, ‘What have you learnt so far this year?’ and ‘What are you looking forward to?’ Continue reading