The above blog, the template of which was created in 2013, will be used to present the students’ research into Australia’s global connections – by being globally connected! The original Wordles are from the three classes who created the blog.
This term, Stage 2 students will be using the Penrith City Council website to learn our about local government.
Which of the images featured in the clip below are looked after by Penrith City’s Local Council?
Penrith NSW Australia – things to do – places to see
Services of local government include:
Sustainable Cities 2012 Overall Sustainable Council – Penrith City Council
* Recycling and waste management:
Next week in Library lessons, students from K-2 are investigating rules. Classroom rules, playground rules and home rules are being discussed in class (and in the library), giving us an opportunity to revisit the school library rules.
Our School Library rules have been traditional for many years, with only a few amendments over time. They are:
1. Clean hands.
2. Line up quietly outside.
3. Be quiet in the library.
4. Please walk in the library.
5. Take care of the books, furniture and all library equipment.
* Remember to bring a cloth library bag to borrow books.
Robbie Rules: My first day at school (2013).
Stage 2 students are continuing their explorations into Australia’s national parks.
Australian National Parks
Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park, Rainforest Australia in HD
We have also been investigating the onging threat from feral animals in Australia, another threat to our national parks, farms and rural communities:
Australian Feral Camel Management Project 2013
Feral pig control
Another controversial issue is the suggestion that Australia’s marine parks, and “no take” fishing laws, be extended. Some excellent examples of persuasion here, from both sides of the debate.
60 Minutes – Marine parks in Australia
Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students are investigating transport. This week we are looking at the wheel, which researchers now believe may be an invention from about 5000 years ago. Some texts state the wheel was an invention of prehistoric peoples, but the evidence has not supported that assumption.
History of the wheel – claymation
Hidden histories: The wheel
Horrible histories – Pioneers of transportation
Each year, UK department store, John Lewis, hires a team to create a special ad for the Christmas season. These ads are excellent examples of persuasive visual texts.
John Lewis Christmas advert 2014 – #MontyThePenguin
John Lewis: behind the scenes – #MontyThePenguin
John Lewis Christmas advert 2013 – The bear & the hare
John Lewis Christmas advert 2012 – The journey
John Lewis Christmas advert 2011 – The long wait
Same ad, wwith a different music track:
John Lewis Christmas advert 2011 [Alternate]
John Lewis Christmas advert 2010
Presenting ‘My father the great pirate: teachers’ notes‘, by yours truly, published by Australian Standing Orders & Wilkins Farago, 2014. In support of the picture book by Davide Cali & Maurizio Quarello, and including this digital story on PhotoPeach as an example of a practical learning activity I brainstormed with Stage 2 and Stage 3 students a few months ago:
Nudge nudge, wink wink…
On Sunday, the choir attended the Celebration Concert at Sydney Town Hall.
During the evening meal break, we visited the David Jones’ Christmas windows, this year based upon a new picture book, especially commissioned from Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Sue deGennaro.
Click HERE to see a slideshow.
Christmas windows – Reindeer’s Christmas surprise
Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students have been investigating the Aesop fable, The man, the boy and the donkey. (Previously, we used the following Youtube links.)
The farmer, his son and his donkey – Aesop’s fables – animated/cartoon tales for kids
The man the boy and the donkey || short story for kids
From there, the students have begun looking at factual information about donkeys, especially as to how they were once used prolifically as a working animal, for transportation, carrying heavy loads. In many places of the world, donkeys have been replaced by technology: shopping trolleys, tractors, cars, trains, etc.
Pets 101- Mini donkeys
Moose the donkey needs a job | Farm raised with P. Allen Smith
Sustainable transport in Ethiopia – The Donkey Sanctuary
Kids Short Stories | The Donkey’s Burden