Little Scientists- Big Science
Little Scientists Big Science puts groups of Primary School students together with John Monash Science School Year 10 and 11 students in a program that helps the primary students to learn about our world, the scientific process through which we observe and discover our world, and to develop projects, which the students present at Science Fairs.
In 2017, a small group of four grade 5 students, with a supervising teacher, from Lyndale Greens Primary School, travelled to the John Monash Science School for four fortnightly sessions in Term 1 and returned to present two science projects later in Term 2.
Mini Mathematicians – Big Maths
Following on from the success of the “Little Scientists’ Program, John Monash Science School offered a new program ‘Mini Mathematicians’ in 2017. Aimed at providing primary school students with the opportunity to explore mathematics and problem solving like real mathematicians do. The program consists of four fortnightly sessions and introduces students to topics including the mathematics of code breaking, topology and graph theory.
Passionate Year 10 and 11 mathematics students and alumni from JMSS deliver all of the topics to participating primary school students, including Lyndale Greens Primary. The focus of these sessions is on building problem-solving skills and the students’ ability to communicate mathematics effectively. In 2017, the four students chosen were Grade 4 girls to promote more female participation in mathematics.
Each year, the Grade 6 Science Captains are chosen to be Marine Ambassadors for Lyndale Greens Primary School. They complete the ‘I Sea, I Care’ program which is an award-winning Victorian Marine Ambassador Program. The program provides four workshops, resources and newsletters to help Ambassadors work in their schools.
The students develop presentation and leadership skills, whilst learning about the Marine Environment. Focusing on a different theme every term, the Ambassadors will bring back the message to our school community that Victoria’s marine treasures are “too precious to lose.”
‘I Sea, I Care’ has benefited over 2000 young Ambassadors, developing them as Peer Educators, leaders and public speakers. The program develops leadership skills for the Science Captains as well as challenging them to become environment custodians.
Kids Teaching Kids
The Kids Teaching Kids Program promotes positive wellbeing and helps build resilience in young people. It raises awareness and drives action on local and global environmental issues, bringing communities together to solve common challenges and help the next generation of leaders who will take collective responsibility for our future.
The program connects and challenges students with real world issues, inspiring them to want to know more. By giving students the opportunity to present a workshop to others during Kids Teaching Kids Week or at one of the Kids Conferences, students see that they can have a positive impact on the world, starting in their own communities. They are given tools to manage their own learning and become confident, caring and informed citizens ready to take on new challenges. The Science Captains represent the grade 6 groups who work on projects to be presented at Kids Teaching Kids Conferences.
Science Talent Search
The Science Talent Search (STS) is an annual, science-based competition open to all primary and secondary schools in Victoria. STS has three main aims:
1. To stimulate an ongoing interest in the study of sciences by:
• encouraging independent self-motivated project work amongst students;
• giving students the opportunity to communicate their achievements to a wider audience;
• Giving recognition of effort and achievement in a scientific enterprise.
2. To promote the direct involvement of the students in the processes of science and its communication.
3. To give the public at large an opportunity to see the quality of work being achieved in science, by both primary and post primary students.
All students from grade 4 to 6 are given the opportunity and support to participate in this program at Lyndale Greens Primary.
Numeracy Extension Program
In Numeracy Extension, small groups of students focus on developing their fast response to questions, applying strategies in game situations and advancing their problem-solving skills. Students also undertake a challenging project related to the mathematical focus in their classroom. This supports the classroom program and correlates with the specific needs of students according to their Numeracy assessments.
There are also opportunities for students to represent Lyndale Greens Primary School at the Greater Dandenong Maths Games Day in Term 3.
Students in Year 4-6 students have the opportunity to undertake the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads in Terms 2 and 3. This involves weekly problem-solving sessions and participation in five monthly test events. The Maths Olympiad complements the school curriculum and focuses on extending and challenging students to think laterally and creatively when solving mathematically-based problems. This encourages students to test their abilities against teams from around the country, as well as offering an ideal extension activity for high-achieving students.
In Literacy Extension, students read a novel of their choosing and respond to the author’s ideas through a range of reading responses. Students are encouraged to contribute to discussions, form their own questions and justify their interpretations. Students are also guided through a range of investigations – producing a variety of written texts to demonstrate their discoveries and creative ideas.
Understanding and using technology will be an essential part of our students’ futures. With this in mind, we run a comprehensive robotics program for selected students from Grades 2 to 6.
Grades 2, 3 and 4 explore the ‘WeDo Lego Robotics Program' which involves programming robots and using sensors to interact with the environment. The children build and program robots such as Milo the Rover, Bendy Bot and the Wobbly Walker. Later, they explore building simple machines of their own design to lift, grab, push and pull.
The Grade 5 and 6 students use the ‘Mindstorm Lego Robotics Program’. This is an advanced system that lets student build robots that move while sensing sound, light, colour and touch. Students learn advance coding skills using iPads to make the robot move in an intelligent way. Students start off building the core Rover robot and later develop their own designs.
The Lego Robotics Program helps our students at Lyndale Greens by:
• exploring open ended problem solving activities. These challenge students to think, question, investigate, test and explore and are especially important in extending our students.
• being involved in team work. In all lessons children work in teams of two and invaluable team skills are developed and practised.
• allowing for hands on learning. Many students are engaged by being able to build and create real machines that move and respond.
• developing important coding skills that can be used with a wide range of technologies.
Push Kart building is an enjoyable way of introducing energy, momentum and technology to young students. Students learn to use tools safely to build a working push kart. Our push kart building program develops important design, budgeting and teamwork skills. Groups of six students work together to build karts to race on distance and obstacle tracks. A new group of students use wood and recycled materials to create a push kart from scratch each term. This program is great for helping students see how their learning can be applied to real world tasks.
Coding allows us to create computer software, apps and websites. As well as learning to code in the classroom, groups of students participate in app making. Using their one to one devices, students learn to write and sequence instructions using drag and drop programming such as Scratch and Game Maker. They create interactive games, stories and animations, and solve fun puzzles. The benefits of learning coding at a young age are enormous as it develops students’ problem-solving skills and computational thinking. Students’ work is submitted to the ‘ACMI Screen It’ competition.
Students are given the opportunity to enter State and National competitions in Maths, English, Science and Writing. Teachers promote these and many students participate with enthusiasm.
Victorian State Schools Spectacular
Students in Years 5 & 6 at Lyndale Greens Primary School have had the opportunity to perform in the massed dance at the Victorian State Schools Spectacular over a number of years now. This event showcases Victorian government school students from Prep to Year 12 and provides a great opportunity for students to develop their confidence, creativity, cooperation and collaboration skills through learning routines and performing dance routines on stage. It is a wonderful experience for the students. www.schoolspectacular.com.au
Our choir meets once a week to sing together and rehearse. It is wonderful to hear the children singing as they spend time practising the selected songs. Our school choir performed in 2017 in a competition called ‘Voices of the Choirs’. The choir sang in 3 categories and were very pleased to win the A Capella section.
Lyndale Greens Primary School also caters for students who are interested in performing in a band. We have opportunities for vocalists, guitarists, drummers and for playing keyboard. The children enjoy improving their skills on the musical instruments and working together as a band.
Developing fitness and skills in sport is a big focus of our school. We have a comprehensive Physical Education program with lots of opportunities for children to challenge themselves in particular sports or with a particular skill. Events like Cross Country, Gala Days (where students compete in a variety of sports against other schools), Athletics, after-school clinics in netball, basketball and athletics as well as visits from experts who provide information about how to further develop their skills and confidence in particular sports.
Lyndale Greens Primary School has a great library with students enjoying the opportunity to browse the library and also to borrow from an extensive range of books. We promote a love of reading and books and celebrate this with our Book Week celebrations and Book Week parade. Our community loves the parade with everyone joining in and sharing their enjoyment of books.
National Simultaneous Storytime
Another great opportunity to promote a love of reading and books is through participating in Simultaneous National Storytime. Our students love being part of this event and enjoy the discussion and activities that follow.
From the National Simultaneous Storytime website
“Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.
By facilitating National Simultaneous Storytime we aim to:
• promote the value of reading and literacy;
• promote the value and fun of books;
• promote an Australian writer and publisher;
• promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country;
• provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.”
Prep 100 days of School
Our Preps celebrate 100 days of school with their family and friends. The children love sharing their learning journey as they demonstrate what they have learnt since starting school. A number chart is used to represent the 100 days they have been at school and helps to develop their concept of numbers to 100.