Specialists


Pakenham Consolidated School offers an extensive specialist program that we are very proud of. In 2019, Students in Foundation to Year 4 attend 3 one hour specialist classes a week including PE, Arts, Digital Technologies and Science.

In Years 5 & 6 students participate in an Electives program which offers a whole range of subjects from each curriculum area in which they can choose from each term including fitness, cooking, dance, art, science and ICT.

What's happening in Specialists this year?

Digital Technologies:  Miss Fiona Astridge

This semester we will be exploring coding and will be working on our Powerpoints, learning about data transfer and exploring online coding clubs.

The Foundation students will be logging onto the computers with their own username and password. They will also start exploring different Windows programs like Excel and Word.

Grade 1 and 2 students will begin creating their own simple apps and using the desktop computers to continue working on the skills they current have.

The Grade 3 and 4 students will be exploring more in depth coding using coding clubs and app developer cards.  They will also be learning communication skills through messaging and file transfer to a USB.

We are excited to begin using robots in lessons for all year levels. We have BeeBots, Ozobots and Spheros and are always looking at expanding our robots.

Arts:  Mrs Nicole Jones

 

FOUNDATION

Foundation students will continue to develop their fine motor skills and arts knowledge. They will explore shapes and colours using cutting and paste methods and painting. There will be some construction. Students will continue to learn different dances with songs, actions and percussion instruments.

 

GRADE 1

Grade 1 students will focus on texture and elements of colour using various media such as paint and tissue paper. They will learn about Aboriginal culture and copy a dance using percussion instruments. Students will make puppets to use with songs and music.

 

GRADE 2

Grade 2 students will learn about various Australian artists and emulate their work using a variety of media, including paints, found objects, dye wash and tissue paper. They will commence using a Visual Arts diary to keep their masterpieces in.

 

GRADE 3/ 4

Grade 3 and 4 students will learn about elements and principles of art, including the focal point and perspective drawing. They will experiment with cartoon characters for their 3D room and investigate positive and negative space. Students will complete weaving on their self-made weaving loom. They will examine Aboriginal culture in artworks.


 
PE:  Mr Jarrod Jende and Mrs Sian Woodberry

Foundation:

In Term 3 foundation students will be focusing on an introduction to basic gymnastic skills. They will also be introduced to the skills of soccer and AFL football along with revising Basketball.

 

Year 1

In Term 3 Year one students will be focusing on gymnastics skills and further developing them from last year. They will also be working on the sports of Soccer, Hockey and AFL football.

 

Year 2

In term 3 Year two students will be developing their skills in gymnastics. They will also be focusing on the sports of Soccer, Hockey and AFL football.

 

Year 3&4

In term 3 Year 3&4 students will have a 3 week block on developing their Gymnastics skills. They will also focus on Fitness, Volleyball, Badminton and AFL.



Science: Mr Steve Crook

Here at PCS we are lucky to have a dedicated Science room to use in the delivery of the Victorian Curriculum. Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and STEM education have become the focus of considerable interest in developing your children’s interests and their ability to meet the world of the future.In the Science room we cover the 4 strands over a 2 year period, so this year we are focusing on the curriculum areas of Biological and Chemical Science.In Term 1 the Foundation to Grade 2 students are investigating how we classify animals and plants and how they develop to create a habitat.

In Term 3 for Chemical Science, we will look into how everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways.The Grade 3 and 4 students are learning about classifying the animal world and identifying features different animals have to fit in to their habitat. These Grades will cover the plant world in Term 4 and in Term 2 and 3 will investigate the physical properties and uses of materials and how we can change their state through adding and taking away heat.

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