Student Action


Learning In The Classroom


Foundation: How We Express Ourselves

As an introduction to our last unit of inquiry for the year, “How We Express Ourselves”, our Foundation students participated in an African Drumming experience. We were so excited to learn about a major component of the celebrations that are a part of African traditions. We got to learn some rhythm, dancing and drumming. It was so exciting to see everybody have a go and try something new. We loved the opportunity to talk to an ‘expert’ about the importance of celebrations and traditions in their life . What a fun, exhilarating way to begin learning about our central idea ‘ Celebrations and traditions are expressions of shared beliefs and values.’If you would like to learn more about this or have a go yourself, go to

Foundation students have just completed a unit on sharing (division) in Maths. We used lots of hands on materials to help us discover how we can share fairly so that all groups have the same. We talked about sharing as a life skills and found that there were many ways to share different numbers. This built well from our work on groups of (multiplication).

Junior School: Sharing the Planet

Healesville Sanctuary Excursion: The Junior School had a fantastic day at Healesville Sanctuary on Monday the 20th of November. We explored the sanctuary looking at animals including Bilbies, Koalas, Echidnas and more! We were able to make connections to our unit of inquiry by learning about the impact of our choices on the environment and what we can do to help. A huge thanks to a ll the parents who helped out on the day! In Maths students have been exploring fractions of groups. The Junior School Show and Tell focus over the past 2 weeks has included items from home they have divided into fractions.

Emma – I have 6 Barbie dolls 2/6 have brown hair and 4/6 have blonde hair.
Sienna – I have 12 markers. 4/12 are gel pens, 4/12 are textas and 4/12 are pencils.

This has led onto discussions about equivalent fractions and some students have discovered the concept that 4/12 is the same as 1/3. Students have also looked at chance and probability. We have explored the language of chance such as, might happen, certain and impossible. Spinners were made with different colour combinations and students predicted outcomes before conducting their experiments.

Middle School: How We Organise Ourselves

Numeracy – Volume. 3/4GW conducted an investigation into volume and capacity. They found out how many children can fit in one cubic metre!! They organised a group of containers into ascending order and found out the volume of individual containers using Base 10 blocks. Students understand that to measure volume you need to determine the height, width and length of the container. During literacy sessions students are reading a range of passages to expand and build on their learning linked to our current Central Idea – ‘Physical and virtual spaces provide people with opportunities to make connections and establish a sense of community.’ In 4RW students are considering their, local communities, city council, local and federal governments responsibilities when using and providing public spaces.

Students are working on text response s after reading a passage about town planning. They are also considering the connections they are making between their reading of other texts, their previous learning and their own experiences. The students in the Middle School are reading and writing a range of poetry. They are looking at the patterns, rhymes and language used. Students have also been focusing on adjectives and noun groups to help describe the topic of their poems. 3BD are currently writing Sense poems. They consider the 5 senses to help them to describe items and objects in detail.
Senior School: How the World Works

Numeracy in 6LH using STEM based activity:

Students in 6LH completed a unit on Geometry (Reasoning) using robotics to learn about angles and lines. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. The students used Sphero robots to travel along straight lines and they programmed them using coding language on the iPad app “SpheroEdu” and “Tickle”.A number of students were particularly interested in using robotics and they were our “experts”. Campbell, James and Caleb quickly learnt how to use the app and have used a roster to teach the other students. The geometry task involved students mapping out a maze on grid paper with a scale of 1:20 cm that included parallel lines, intersections, acute, obtuse, reflex and right angles. Small and large sized protractors were us ed to create the maze. This maze was transferred to the carpet using cloth tape. Lego was also used to form a canopy over the Sphero robot to act as a spacecraft and relate to our current unit of inquiry – How t he World Works. Students worked in teams usin g the SpheroEdu app to create a code that had the robot travelling from start to finish with delays at every corner. This was quite challenging as the students were new to the language of coding. It was certainly an engaging task for the students and we fo und that many post test results improved after completing the activity.

KIOSC Excursion: All year 5 students attended a STEM excursion to Swinburne College to participate in a range of challenging activities : Photography , Horticulture , Engineering, Lab Skills and Electrotechnology . They measured sugar levels in foods, created electrical circuits, potted their own plants and viewed a green house with scientific research on plants using LED, they problem solved the shutter speed of camera using camera technology and fans. They then completed a plenary session and ended the day viewing a drone and a robot that danced Gangnam Style.

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