More about Western Sydney Airport

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:
westernsydneyairport.gov.au/

Interactive portal

Liverpool City Council – Planning

Liverpool City Council – Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Fables and frogs

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:
ianmclean.edublogs.org/2011/10/18/frogs-frogs-frogs-life-cycles-fables/.

Humans shape places: Badgery’s Creek Airport

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.

Second Sydney airport – a chronology

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)

CBCA Book Week 2017: Escape to Everywhere

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Here are this year’s class displays to celebrate CBCA Book Week!

Click HERE to view a slideshow.

Jimmy Cook

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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.

Godwits

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Bruce Pickworth

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And here are some old friends…

Bear and Chook 3

BTN and Kid Architects, Built Environments

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.

Sydney’s new light rail project: Stage 3 Built Environments

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

How are mountains formed

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

The science behind natural disasters

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 [1974]


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