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There’s Construction Out Our Window!

This Term, things have been really changing around our school. There has been noises and workers with trucks and all kinds of machinery, making the ground shake with lots of vibrations. Lots and lots of trucks, pouring concrete from long, insect-like arms and it’s all because we are getting a new gymnasium. Outside our classroom is a construction site and we get to see it every day!

We have been keeping a journal, writing and…

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Wanjoo: NAIDOC Week 2017

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC is celebrated all over Australia, focusing on the recognition and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. It actually was started by an Aboriginal Christian man, William Cooper!

After a service in 1884, Cooper approached the pastor saying “I must give my heart to God…”. From there, he began a lifelong work to fight for Aboriginal rights.…

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Year 2 Creative Homework Projects

Over the course of Term 4, Year 2 Kenwick students completed a Homework Booklet that included a range of different projects. Students were still expected to complete their reading and spelling homework each night, but this new method allowed them to develop skills such as creativity, collaboration, physical activity, agency, problem solving, and motor skills.

Each fortnight they were given a choice between two projects. They were able to present their project as a…

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Inquiry Based Learning in Year 2

This Term in Year 2, we are integrating Science, Art, Technology and Enterprise, ICT, as well as some Literacy and Mathematics, into an exciting program we call “Inquiry”. The inquiry sessions run on Thursday afternoons with the help of some very kind and willing parents.

Inquiry-Based Learning involves students actively seeking answers to their questions, working collaboratively, developing deep understandings of concepts, building on pre-existing ideas, and experiencing real-life situations and problems. All this is…

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What’s Happening in Year 2

Silkworms and Snow Peas

In Science we are learning about lifecycles. We are taking care of 36 silkworms and watching as they grow through their different life stages. Every day we clean out their box, give them more mulberry leaves to eat, and write the tally for another day on our class chart. We have also planted some climbing snow pea seeds. We are so excited to see our plants wrap around our porch as…

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Library Literacy

We have had a lot of fun in Literature classes in Semester 1.

In the Year 3 Literature class we have enjoyed escaping into the world of Narnia. The children were enthralled by the action and adventure in the story of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, and recreated a map of Narnia, highlighting the major events in the story. We did a character study on the main characters…

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