Visual Art provides students the opportunity to explore, make and respond to art through interaction with a range of techniques and materials. Lessons are 60 minutes and focus on building age-appropriate skills, while developing creativity and self-expression.
Prep to Grade 2 students learn paper skills like fringing and curling, printing with everyday objects and blending colours. Grade 3 to 6 students learn about the different art movements, painting techniques, sewing skills, aspects of drawing such as perspective. Children learn about the elements of art including line, shape, colour, tone, texture, form, sound, light, time and space.
Kent Park’s Performing Arts program is an engaging and exciting program which gives all students the opportunity to practise and develop their skills, express themselves and show their creative flair in a safe and exciting environment.
The Performing Arts program incorporates Music, Dance and Drama. Music allows our students to learn different musical approaches which include beat, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, singing and movement. Students use the elements of dance to explore choreography and performance to practice performance and expressive skills. Drama encourages students to think, move, speak and act with confidence. Through role-play and dramatic actions, students explore, imagine and take risks to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
Students are provided with many opportunities to perform for their peers, through class activities, Assemblies and at school events. A school performance to the community showcases these skills every two years.
Students in Prep to Grade 6 have a weekly 60-minute Physical Education lesson with a qualified PE teacher. With a focus on health, fitness and fun, we encourage students to develop their confidence and skills in a supportive environment. Students are always encouraged to do their best no matter what the outcome is. Being a winner is not always about being first; it is about trying your best and giving it a go. The aim of the Physical Education Program is to equip students with experiences and supporting students to develop competence in making decisions and taking action to promote an active, healthy lifestyle. The acquisition of fine and gross motor skills is essential and related to performance in other curriculum areas.
Our Preps participate in a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) each week, which is a movement-based program that helps younger students improve their eye/hand and eye/foot coordination, fitness, balance and eye-tracking skills. This program complements classroom learning with a literacy and numeracy focus accommodated in some of the activities. The children also develop fine motor skills to help build hand strength for writing and fine motor control for everyday tasks such as holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, zipping or buttoning a jacket and tying shoelaces.
STEAM education is the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths to increase students’ engagement and awareness in these areas. Students are encouraged to work in team environments using communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills while persisting with challenges or projects.
Students followed the STEAM engineering design process – Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve and Present while exploring and completing ‘hands-on’ challenges. Students are encouraged to think creatively, take risks and to put what they have learned into practise. They work collaboratively with partners to follow instructions, co-operate, exchange ideas, test theories, experiment, construct and make modifications.
Students engage in modules such as Day and Night and the Phases of the Moon, Kitchen Chemistry and Growing Crystals. Construction challenges are also explored and include mazes, bridges, kites, liquid fuelled rockets, solar-powered ovens, catapults, tiny houses, 3D healthy meal models, puppet theatres, a sports stadium, an underground dwelling, batteries and electric circuits, a Bottle Flip Challenge, coding and robotics.
Australian Sign Language (Auslan) is a language by, and for, Australians who are deaf or hearing impaired. It’s a visual form of communication that uses hand, arm and body movements to convey meaning.
Lessons are weekly for Prep to Grade 6 and are tailored to students’ ability level. Through a variety of engaging games and activities, students learn how to sign greetings, sign about their families, how to describe things in their environment and how to express feelings.
Environment and Sustainability
Environment and Sustainability gives students at Kent Park Primary School the opportunity to learn about the environment, our impact and how to protect it through hands-on projects. The children work together to care for our chickens and plant vegetables in our flourishing garden. Projects have included:
- Collecting food scraps to feed our chickens and make compost for the gardens
- Reducing waste through recycling and reusing initiatives
- Harvesting fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes and kiwi fruit
- Learning about seasons and investigating the best time of the year to harvest various vegetable crops
- Investigating where our waste ends up and practise sorting rubbish responsibly, recycling and composting where possible
- Learning about what plants need to grow and researching the process of photosynthesis.
International Student Program (ISP)
Kent Park Primary School is accredited to enrol International Students and committed to ensuring that all students receive a high quality education experience through optimal levels of support and care in a safe, welcoming and engaging learning environment.
The registered provider for the ISP is the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the CRICOS number is 00861K.
Further information is available by contacting
- Kent Park Primary School’s International Student Coordinator – Kieran Denver
- DET International Student Division – https://www.education.vic.gov.au