At Peregrine we strive to design learning activities which are embedded in authentic contexts and appropriate for each individual child. Our bush setting allows for an on-site garden, bushwalking, landcare, rivercare and other environmental projects and explorations.
Exploring the James Craig
There is lots of learning to be found in our community. Our excursions allow us to explore aspects of what we are learning at school, to access sporting facilities and to attend performances and exhibitions.
Molesworth Environment Centre
Tree Planting in our local community
State Hockey Centre Hobart Aquatic Centre
Hobart Historic Tour
This 15 minute session takes place each morning. Small groups participate in activities which promote fitness.
During 2004 we established a vegetable garden at the school with the children. The garden forms an essential part of our curriculum.
The children participate in all aspects of preparation, planting, natural pest control and harvesting in the garden and take the produce to the kitchen to be included in lunch preparation. The children are also involved in native seed propagation and other landcare activities.
Gardening sessions incorporate learning in science and maths as well as other learning areas.
The garden is a focus for an active learning program in which children study soil and plant science, using organic and heritage vegetable production. They learn sustainable practices in garden ecosystem management, including composting of kitchen scraps and green waste.
We have a new garden under construction at the moment, with plans for raised beds, a hothouse, chooks and more.
Ready to garden
The compost area also forms part of Peregrine's award-winning (VISY Clean Schools Challenge, 2004) Integrated Recycling Program, in which recycled, shredded paper is composted.
Food produced in the vegetable garden supplies the school kitchen and involves children in learning about principles of healthy living and good nutrition.
Group Topics involve learning about other cultures, about our world and about our history.
A central narrative is the focus for a range of activities which involve investigations across the curriculum. The teacher uses this narrative as a framework for children's imagination and for their involvement in group topic activities. Children of different ages participate at different levels.
Making a Model of the Endurance
Two of our recent topics have been:
* Shackelton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 - 1916
* Ancient Egypt
Part of living in a community is sharing the jobs that need to be done to keep it functioning well. Children at Peregrine take responsibility for jobs such as pencil sharpening, rubbish removal, paper shredding, library tidying, collecting kindling for the fire etc.
During this time children work in ability groups in the areas of reading, writing, handwriting and spelling. We provide this dedicated time so that children develop necessary skills with which to express their ideas and findings.
During this session children work in small ability groups. Learning in academic areas is always integrated into the children's day, but these focus sessions allow for specific skills to be targeted.
Shared lunch is an important part of our day. The children eat in mixed age groups, fostering real relationships between the younger and the older children. During summer we make a special salad each day and during winter we make soups.
We like to use fresh vegetables from our garden and try to use as much organically grown produce as possible.
On Fridays we usually cook something special!
Some of our favourite recipes are:
* Crouton Salad
* Baked Potatoes
This is an important time when younger and older children join together to share a platter of fruit. The children delight in discovering what is for 'morning tea seconds' and take responsibility for preparation and clean up.
Our afternoon sport sessions give children the opportunity to sample a wide range of physical activities and outdoor experiences. Our school environment lends itself to the active pursuit of bushwalking and orienteering, and numerous team sports. We emphasise inquiry and discovery of our natural environment and compliment this with the teaching of skills necessary for numerous team sports.
Our Project Days happen once a week. They provide students with opportunities to learn about problem solving, decision making, compromises and taking responsibility for making change happen.
Putting together our new soccer goals
Students are inspired to be creative, to make decisions and to work as part of a team. Students follow a project from conception to completion and face and overcome challenges along the way.
Collecting rocks for our new sandpit
Making a log edge for our school path
Our experiential education applies classroom education to real world settings. Through documenting our progress and sharing stories about our projects, the students have the opportunity to build understanding and skills over time. Projects involve all staff, students and parents taking collective responsibility for both school and community projects.
Keeping the possums out of our vegetable garden
These sessions give children more opportunity to explore ideas and topics which interest them at the time. Children negotiate with a small group the focus for a number of sessions. Substantial emphasis is placed on asking questions, devising strategies for finding answers and revising questions.