A power-packed year for the Performing Arts Action Team

The Performing Arts Action Team reflect on their activities and achievements for 2017 – Continue reading

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What a term it was!

It has been another big sporting term at Kew Primary School. I was so proud of all our sporting accomplishments but in particular the highlight was our House Cross Country. Also the gymnastics program across the school has been a success, especially using the new equipment in lessons. I also really enjoyed hearing from our students about their exciting experiences in sport. Below are just three of our main events this term, thank-you Feargus, Amelie and Joanne for sharing your thoughts.

Clare Pentreath

Year 6 Hooptime
by Feargus 6CA

As soon as the Grade 6’s heard that Hoop Time Basketball was coming up, it was all that everyone was talking about. Questions rushed through our minds. What team were we going to get in? Would we have our friends in our team? Would we get to division? Continue reading

Geography, connections and model creations

This term, Year 5 and Year 6 students have worked together to explore connections within our geographical world. We have learnt that small actions can have big effects. Throughout this Inquiry we have tried to show our thinking and learning in different ways.

We worked in small groups to show our thinking using a model. We tried to communicate a deeper meaning through the structures, images and colours we used and show the connections between the man-made and natural world. Below are some examples of our work, with an explanation of our thinking and our creations:

A factory creates smoke which pollutes the air and creates global warming. Global warming is causing cyclones. The black coming out of the chimney represents the smoke, the green represents pollution. The yellow turning to red represents the air getting hotter. On the other side a cyclone is forming from the smoke coming out of the factory. This shows the connection between our actions and natural disasters. Continue reading

A week in Canberra

As a parent, I always think the sign of a thoroughly enjoyed camp is how early the kids go to bed on their first night home. My Year 6’er set a new record after Canberra – he bypassed dinner and was tucked in by 7pm!

Thank you to Year 6 teacher, Chris Athanasiadis, for this week’s post about the Year 6 camp to Canberra.

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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