Specialist Program

 

 

Specialists - Term 1 Overview 2024
Performing Arts (Mrs Stodden)

Auslan (Miss Jessie)

Physical Education (Mrs Gilbert)

Visual Arts (Mrs Charlton)

Foundation Stem (Mrs Fillis)

STEM (Mr Leslie)

 

 

 

 
 

PERFORMING ARTS (MRS STODDEN)

Welcome everyone to Performing Arts for 2024. My name is Mai Stodden and this will be the second year that I will be teaching Performing Arts. I am thrilled to be continuing this role and look forward to embarking on the Arts journey with your children.

This semester I will be taking the Preps and Juniors for a session each week, with the focus on music and drama.

 

Preps:

This term my little Shakespearean maestros will be joining me to explore the world of music and demonstrate their acting skills in drama role plays. We will be focusing on listening carefully to use our voice to sing, chant and echo back lyrics in songs and move our face and bodies to portray characters and emotions. Through listening to a variety of music, we will interpret what music we like, what music makes us want to move, what instruments we can hear, how it makes us feel and what kind of story it tells us. Students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform short songs and instrumental pieces which they have learnt and created in small groups. They will also focus on building confidence to perform in front of an audience by participating in small role play situations where they work on communicating an idea based on books we have read.

 

 

Year 1s:

I can’t wait to see what the Year One students can achieve this term in Performing Arts. Having had last year to explore what music was all about, they will be building upon their music skills to embrace their creative side and compose their own short pieces of music to perform to a small audience. Students will also explore using facial expressions and learning simple texts to act out emotions and communicate an idea to an audience. Students will be given opportunities to reflect on others’ performances and self evaluate their own performances too...

 

Year 2s:

In Performing Arts this term, Year Two students will be delving into various music styles, interpreting what they hear, how it makes them feel and how they can use these styles to tell their own story, through music and drama. They will continue to explore music rhythms to assist when composing their own music and perform them in small groups to an audience. Students will participate in drama games and explore simple texts to learn and perform to an audience. They will be given opportunities to use props to create simple role plays in small groups and build their confidence when performing. Lastly, students will be given opportunities to self evaluate their performance as well as provide constructive feedback to their peers.

 

 

 

AUSLAN (MISS JESSIE)

 

Year 2s:

In Performing Arts this term, Year Two students will be delving into various music styles, interpreting what they hear, how it makes them feel and how they can use these styles to tell their own story, through music and drama. They will continue to explore music rhythms to assist when composing their own music and perform them in small groups to an audience. Students will participate in drama games and explore simple texts to learn and perform to an audience. They will be given opportunities to use props to create simple role plays in small groups and build their confidence when performing. Lastly, students will be given opportunities to self evaluate their performance as well as provide constructive feedback to their peers.

 

VISUAL ARTS (MRS CHARLTON)

 

In the Kingsley Park Visual Arts program, students follow a cycle of responding to and interpreting art, exploring and expressing ideas, developing visual arts practices through the use of art mediums and conventions, presenting and exhibiting artworks. Students are encouraged to consider the purpose behind the art they view and the art they make. Courage and creativity are valued and celebrated in our art room!

 

Seniors

During Term 1, the Seniors will explore reasons people make art and different emotions that are expressed in artworks. With a focus on fabrics and textiles this term, Senior students will create their own artwork using felt and other fabrics, practising different joining techniques such as glueing and sewing, to create their own felt emoji. ?????????

 

Middles

Threads and textiles will also be the focus medium for the Middles, who will study the creations of Australian weaver and fibre artist, Tammy Kanat, and create circular woven artworks. Students will also experiment with concentric circle colour combinations, inspired by artist Wassily Kandinsky before bringing them to life in their own sewn felt circles.

 

Art smocks

*To ensure proper protection of uniforms, we ask that the students bring in a named art smock or similar which will be kept at school and brought to each art lesson.

 

Thank you,

Lauren Charlton - Visual Arts Specialist

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (MRS GILBERT)

In Phys Ed this term, all students from Grade 1-6 will be completing a Physical Education ‘pre-test’ where they will be assessed on a number of simple movement & strength activities including jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, squats and the wall sit. This test will be replicated again in term 2 and term 4 to help students see their progression throughout the year and analyse their strengths and weaknesses.

Foundation (Prep):

This term foundation students will become familiar with the rules and procedures in Physical Education classes. They will learn basic rules of a variety of games, such as Caterpillar Bob, Scarecrow tiggy, Octopus tiggy and aeroplanes and airports. They will begin to practise skills relating to throwing and catching, basketball bouncing, kicking as well as movement skills such as skipping, hopping, jumping and running. Students in Prep also participate in weekly PMP (Perceptual Motor Program) sessions. This program integrates Literacy and Numeracy whilst strengthening skills.

 

Juniors

Students will further enhance their previous learning by developing their movement skills of skipping, running, jumping, hopping and dodging. There will be a particular focus on students practising and improving throwing and catching skills through the use of small group rotations this term as well as developing other motor skills such as kicking, bouncing and overarm throwing. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in games that help to enhance their movement patterns, decision making and challenge themselves along with team challenges.

 

Middles

Students will participate in Cricket and Tennis units. Students will practise skills associated in each sport learning, building and refining their skills. Students will participate in modified games to help understand major game rules and game play. House Cross Country will also occur this term with students being selected for the District team.

 

Seniors

Students in year 5/6 will further practise skills associated in each sport through refining their skills. Gameplay of Cricket and Tennis will be the focus in term 1. Students will participate in games building on knowledge gained from previous years. They will discuss different tactics for improved success. Students in year 5/6 will also be involved in Senior school sport with the choice of playing Volleystars, Cricket, Basketball or Softball against other schools. House Cross Country will also occur this term with students being selected for the District team. There will also be an opportunity for year 6 students to participate in a teacher vs student competition at lunchtime.

 

FOUNDATION STEM (MRS FILLIS)

 

In Term 1, the Foundation students will be using fairy tales to explore mini STEM projects where they will use everyday items to construct towers, troll bridges, little pig houses, gingerbread men traps etc. They will use a hands-on approach to pose questions, make predictions, solve problems, think critically, make decisions, and try and try again when something doesn’t go to plan. They will be working in a range of partnerships and groups to complete these tasks, showing collaboration, compromise, and kindness skills.

 

STEM (MR LESLIE)

Seniors will begin 2024 with a deep look at the dynamic nature of our very own planet. They will explore how sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect the Earth’s surface in many and varied ways. This will include investigating major geological events, for example, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Students will also learn about the relationship between weather and waves, as well as between tectonic movements and tsunamis. Finally, students will be considering the devastating effects of drought on living and nonliving aspects of the environment.

 

Middle Year students will be examining how the Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes as well as human activity. They will be considering how different human activities, such as farming and mining, cause erosion of our planet’s uppermost layer. Students will be learning about the effect of events such as floods and extreme weather on natural landscapes. Finally, they will be exploring a local area that has changed as a result of natural processes, for example, an eroded gully, sand dunes or river banks.

 

Junior students will be discovering how the Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways. They will be identifying important resources such as water, soil and minerals, and describing how they are used at school and in the home. Students will be considering what might happen to humans if there were a change in a familiar available resource, for example, water. Finally, they will be trying to identify actions at school that can conserve resources, for example, turning off dripping taps and recycling.


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