Making models

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

This term the Junior School had the opportunity to take part in a technology inquiry incursion run by Mini BOSS. During the 3-hour session students worked in groups to design and construct a model that served a purpose. Continue reading

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Junior school students go back to the future

When my eldest child was in Prep, his class was learning about the ‘olden days’. Deciding to show his classmates a true artefact from the olden days, my son took my typewriter to school. After answering questions about how old I was and whether there was electricity when I was growing up (!), the kids all had a turn on the typewriter. Needless to say, the satisfaction of typewriter keys hitting the paper, the ‘ding’ of the return, and rolling a fresh page in to the machine, is timeless. 

Thank you to the Junior School team for this week’s look at what our youngest students are learning about technology.

This term the Junior School students and teachers have been having lots of fun looking into old, current and new technologies. This is all part of our new Inquiry unit, ‘Back to the Future’, exploring the central idea that technology gives us clues into the past and future. This unit will culminate in a ‘Shark Tank’ style of presentation, whereby students will be tasked to design a piece of technology for the future and present their idea to a panel of teachers, parents and their peers for assessment. Continue reading

Special Places Mapping

Maths and geography combine! Thank you to the Year 1 students for this week’s post about their mapping project.

Have you ever found yourself lost at Sorrento or Falls Creek?

Have you ever wondered what would be the best way to get around Hays Paddock, Eglinton Park or even Venus Bay?

Well…the Year 1 students would certainly be able to help you and steer you in the right direction. Continue reading

A visit to the NGV

Thank you to Anastasia, Riley, Arya and Anja for their reports on the Year 5 excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria.

On the 29th of May, all the grade fives went to the NGV to check out Frontier Wars, which was a self-guided tour. In Frontier Wars, we looked at a lot of the traditional aboriginal artworks. We discussed the meaning of each piece of art.

After the self-guided tour in the NGV an expert took us on a tour around a timeline exhibit. The timeline went from when the Aboriginals peacefully lived in Australia for 50,000 years, until 1856 when the State Library opened, which was the first public and free library – the only condition was that you had to be eighteen or over and they had to see your hands to make sure they weren’t dirty. Continue reading

Preps in the library

If you’ve got a few minutes spare at school pick-up time, pop into the library to see the Prep work on display.

Thank you to Ruth Woolven for this week’s post –

Each week in Library lessons we read a picture story book together. Sometimes we follow up with an activity. Continue reading

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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