Coding in the classroom

When I was at school, speculation about “what we’d be when we grew up” was confined to a large but relatively unchanging list of careers (on my list was a psychologist, a librarian and an air stewardess, none of which I did but all jobs that still exist). In comparison, today’s students have a working life ahead of them that most likely includes jobs that haven’t been conceived as yet; a ‘physical workplace’  that is defined by technology; and multiple changes of career (these speculations make for interesting reading).

If you’re wondering just how different things might be in the future, and what that means in the classroom today, take a close look at the instructions on the whiteboard in the photo below – ‘Create three sprites (one drawn)’ and ‘Code your sprites with motion’ – what?!

Year 5 and 6 students are undertaking coding classes and share some of their experiences so far –

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Our Time at Kew

year-6-1Thank you to Year 6 students, Taiyo, Eddie and Max for their thoughts on their final year at Kew Primary and some of the things that have changed at the school since they started Prep.

As the end of the year draws closer, there have been many fun times that we have experienced at Kew. Such as a Canberra camp, the Eureka Tower and much, much more. More importantly, that best part of year 6 is definitely the jumpers; because it is student-designed and it’s also very competitive due to many issues such as popularity and ones that are actually well-drawn! The jumpers are a really useful in the winter and to identify us as Year 6. Continue reading

A city full of history

Last week, the Year 5 and 6 students saw Melbourne through new eyes – Year 5 teacher, Alex Schifter, tells how.

56-ex-3Last week, the Year 5 and 6 students traveled into the city to become explorers for a day as part of our History Inquiry unit. We have been looking at the Colonial period of Australian history and exploring how history can be told from different perspectives. Continue reading

And they’re racing!

We could not have asked for a better day for last week’s House Cross Country meet. While Mr Penson and Kerry limbered up ahead of their participation in every race, Clare made sure the competitors were physically and psychologically ready to run. I took careful note of her words of wisdom at the start of the U11 Boys race – “I want you to push out of your comfort zone. I’m not asking you to vomit but work hard.” (Excellent advice – I’ll remember this next time I go out for yum cha).

Over to Clare Connor for the results –

cross-country-2016-1What a sensational sunny day for our Cross Country at Hays Paddock on Tuesday 19th April. As the year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students entered the main entrance, the oval was soon filled with colour and excited cheers. Continue reading

So long, farewell… But one more thing before we go!

It almost time for our Year 6 students to say farewell to Kew Primary. Before they take their Year 6 wisdom with them, I asked them to share something they’ve learnt this year, or some advice for the incoming 2016 Year 6 students.  This is what they had to say –

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