Specialist Program




  • Physical Education 2022 Overview

    Physical Education is a vital part of a school curriculum. Not only are there obvious health benefits from having happy, healthy and active students, there are other social and personal development benefits from participating in a well-run program of physical activity and sport.   The focus of our physical education and sport program is on participation, skill development and the essential areas of personal development that involvement in sport encourages.

     

    The children will cover the following in PE lessons throughout the year:

     

    FOUNDATIONS:               

    Prep students will be introduced to the Physical Education program. Learning safety and working as a team through sharing, encouraging and participating in all activities. They will develop motor skills in the areas of eye-hand, movement and balancing skills. At this early age the children also learn the importance and role that rules and procedures play in the safe conduct of games and activities. They will be actively involved in the PMP program each week. Foundation students also participate in the whole school cross country.

     

    JUNIOR GRADES (1 & 2): 

    Students in Level 1 & 2 will focus on developing body movement patterns and body control through games and gymnastic routines. Ball skills are introduced and consolidated which include throwing, catching, dribbling, kicking and bouncing. Modified games of Kickball/T-Ball, soccer and basketball are introduced. Water safety and skills are developed during a program at the PARC pool. 

     

    MIDDLE GRADES (3 & 4):

    Students in the Middle School increase their range of motor skills to practise hitting, throwing, catching, jumping and striking.  Participation in activities and games are used to refine motor skills such as running, hopping, dodging and jumping. A major focus for the year is the introduction of Winter sports such as volleyball, soccer, teeball, football and netball and summer sports such as Athletics, tennis and cricket.

     

    The ‘Shuttle Run Beep Test,’ which is a simple fitness test designed to assess general fitness is a component of the Physical Education Program. Middle School Students in Level 3 are also encouraged to compete in the School Swimming Trials, Cross Country and Athletics. Selected students will have the opportunity to represent Kingsley Park at the District Carnival.

     

    SENIOR GRADES (5 & 6):

    Students in Level 5 & 6 focus on refining basic and complex motor skills and applying these skills in increasingly complex games and activities. They regularly participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity and monitored exercise intensity. The major focus is on Winter sports such as volleyball, netball, soccer and teeball and Summer sports such as kanga cricket, athletics, softball and Rugby.

     

    The students participate in the School Swimming Trials (optional), Cross Country, Athletics and in a Summer & Winter sport of their choice (Lightning Premiership).  Selected students represent the School at District, Zone, Regional and State levels in these carnivals.

     

    MIDDLE & SENIOR GRADES (3-6)

    All middle and senior classes will participate in this year’s Bike Education program beginning next week (Week 4, Term 1). This 4 week (Middle) / 5 week (Senior) program will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the road traffic environment and the road laws, develop the physical and cognitive skills to manage the road traffic environment safely as a cyclist and develop responsible behaviours, attitudes and decision-making skills for the safe use of bicycles both on and off the road. During the last week of the program, the senior grades will be invited to participate in a community ride, riding in a large group along footpaths and bike trails. All students are encouraged to bring their own roadworthy bikes and helmets if they wish, however we also have a class set of bikes for the middle and senior grades that can be used.

     

    In term 4, Middle and Senior students will also have the opportunity to participate in an intensive Water Safety and Survival Program at Mt. Martha Lifesaving Club and at the end of the program the Senior students are given the opportunity to compete in a mini Lifesaving Carnival.

     

    Interschool Sports / Lightning Premiership

    Summer Sports (Term 1) are Basketball, Softball, Cricket and Volleystars. Winter sports (term 2) are AFL, Soccer, T-Ball and Netball. We are always looking for parent helpers to help coach teams, if you would like to be involved please contact Mr Gardner. Emphasis is placed upon learning the skills and rules of the sports, improving fitness, being a productive team-member, good sportsmanship and having fun. Most of all the school endeavors to provide the students with positive experiences on the sporting field which will hopefully encourage them to continue to be active participants in future. Students get to compete against other schools in our network including Banyan Fields PS, Skye PS, Flinders Christian College, St Judes PS, Rowellyn Park PS & St Joachims PS.

     

    FOOTWEAR DURING PHYSICAL EDUCATION SESSIONS

    Please accept this friendly reminder for all parents to ensure students are wearing the correct footwear during Physical Education sessions.

     

    Mr Scott Gardner

    PE Teacher

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Foundation & Junior STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

 

In Term 2, the Foundation and Junior students will be using fairy tales to explore mini STEM projects where they will use everyday items to construct princess/prince 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 the collaboration, compromise, and kindness skills they learnt during Wellbeing lessons in Term 1.

 

Science / STEM

This term in Science/ STEM we will be diving into the fascinating world of living things. Middle students will be exploring different kinds of animals and how they vary in such features as body covering, ear shapes or number of legs. They will also be looking closely at the amazing differences between plants, in things like colour and shape of leaves, or types of flowers that they produce. Senior students will start off by examining the species of a local aquatic habitat. This will lead to them describing and listing adaptations of living things suited for particular Australian environments. They will then conduct an investigation in order to explain how particular adaptations aid survival, for example, nocturnal behaviour or the silvery coloured leaves of dune plants. Throughout the term, our discussions will encourage students to bring their own experiences with animals and plants, whether they be at the beach, at the park, at the zoo, or even in the backyard, to share with the class. We are certainly looking forward to a very “lively” term!

 

     

 

Mrs Kellie Fillis

Wellbeing and STEM Teacher

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Mr Paul Leslie

Science and STEM Teacher

 

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VISUAL ARTS - SEMESTER TWO


The Middle and Senior students have made insightful observations about their own and others’ artworks, experimented with different tools and techniques and created some wonderful pieces of art in Term 1.
I can't wait to celebrate more courage and creativity in our art room this term!

Senior Visual Arts
During Term 2, the Seniors will continue their work with textiles, looking at practices used by local Indigenous artists, specifically the work of Lisa Waup. They will focus on traditional weaving techniques using different fibres such as raffia and t-shirt yarn to create a woven basket.
Senior students will also be working with clay to create a coil pot. Students will practise modeling and shaping techniques using a range of tools to create texture in their finished piece. **Please remember to bring a named smock to school in preparation for this messier work.

 
 
Middle Visual Arts
Students in the Middle grades will be reading the Aboriginal story ‘How the birds got their feathers’ and studying the features of Australian birds before creating their own paper mache bird.
It is important that students have a smock or similar to protect their clothes during these sessions. Please label with their name and grade before sending them into school. We’re also wanting Middles students to bring in an empty plastic bottle of between 500ml - 750ml to use as the base of their bird.



 
Thank you,
Lauren Charlton - Visual Arts Specialist

 

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Performing Arts in Term 2
With Mrs Kellie Burridge



In Term 2, the Preps will explore music by learning and responding to the beat and simple  rhythm patterns in well-known nursery rhymes and songs. They will use their singing voices, instruments and movement to tell their own musical story. They will listen to a range of different musical styles and be encouraged to identify what they enjoy and why.

In small groups, the Juniors will experiment with ways of creating long and short, loud and soft, and high and low sounds and rhythmic patterns to compose and perform their own short musical pieces. They will continue to explore music by using their voices, body percussion and instruments and discover and describe the purpose of contrasts and effects created in music.

 

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