Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students are continuing to learn about Aesop’s fables.
The man, the boy and the donkey || Short story for kids
Song “A man, a boy and a donkey” – Children’s music video
Stage 3 students continue their investigations in geography (Humans shape places) into the plans to build a second Sydney airport at Badgery’s Creek.
Some links include:
Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students are learning about Spring, the life cycle of the frog and the fable, “The exploding frog” (aka “The frog and the ox”).
The life cycle of a frog
Life cycle of a frog
Panama frogs serenade females – The trials of life – BBC
The mystery of the red-eyed tree frog
Here are the links we have used in previous years:
Stage 3 students will be researching the Geography unit, Humans shape places, with particular emphasis on the numerous false starts on Sydney’s proposed second international airport.
These Youtube clips will be a useful starting point for developing field knowledge.
Badgery’s Creek Airport to be ready by 2000 for the Sydney Olympic Games
Sydney Airport 2000 Building your Olympic airport documentary
Western Sydney Airport explained – 12 December 2016
Ten Eyewitness News Sydney-Badgery’s Creek Airport Project (2/5/2017)
Here are this year’s class displays to celebrate CBCA Book Week!
Click HERE to view a slideshow.
We also had a visit from author Bruce Pickworth, a former teacher at our school. He introduced his book The godwits to students in Class 23, and all of Stage 2 and Stage 3.
And here are some old friends…
The Stage 3 students continue to investigate the built environment in the school library.
The Kid Architects story from BTN (“Behind the News”) should prove useful.
This month has also seen the revision of plans for Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s signature art project for the Sydney CBD: a massive metal “Cloud Arch” structure, which would tower over the intersection between the Sydney Town Hall, Queen Victoria Building and Woolworth’s Corner, with the light rail tracks passing beneath. Since first being announced, the structures shape has been refined but the cost has almost quadrupled. See the Daily Telegraph‘s story HERE.
Our Stage 3 students are exploring the built environment in their current geography unit. Some of these students did work on the planning that went into Sydney’s current light rail projects when they were in Stage 2, so I will need to establish some baseline data as to their current field knowledge on the topic during the library sessions this term.
Here are some of our useful Youtube clips:
Sydney’s Light Rail future with audio commentary – Transport for New South Wales
Sydney Light Rail flythrough – May 2015 [Sydney CBD]
Western Sydney Light Rail concept flythrough [Parramatta CBD]
The students are probably also aware of the recent building projects (Thornton Estate) and our local railway station modifications at Penrith:
Future of Sydney – Penrith
Volcano eruption – lava volcano erupting – Hawaii volcano – Lava lake – Lava flow- 2017
Stage 2 students are investigating mountains during their Term 2 library lessons. These Youtube clips will hopefully provide some field knowledge for class discussions.
Where do mountains come from?
GCSE science revision – formation of sedimentary rock layers
Blue Mountains formation
Ring of Fire: earthquakes and volcanic eruptions around the Pacific explained – TomoNews
Stage 3 students are investigating natural disasters in science. In library lessons, we are particularly looking the properties of these disasters, and how they form.
How do tornadoes form? – James Spann [TED-Ed]
What are hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones?
On this day 24th of December | Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin 
What is an earthquake? | The Dr Binocs Show | Educational Videos For Kids
On this day 28th of December | 1989 Newcastle earthquake
How tsunamis work – Alex Gendler [TED-Ed]
Tsunamis 101 | National Geographic