Years 2 to 6

Term 4, 2018: Saturday 20 October 2018 to Saturday 8 December 2018 (8 Weeks) 

All of the courses start at 1.00 pm and finish at 4.00 pm. The first Saturday of term will include an orientation for students and their parents, which will provide a chance for parents to meet with teachers.

In Term 4, we are pleased to offer the following packages:

  • Years 2 to 6: Two courses: The Wonder of Mathematics and Fantastic Creatures in Mythology and Folklore.

Courses are offered as a package, with two courses in each package, meaning all students enrolled will do both courses. NOTE: One Package not allowed. 

Each class integrates hands-on activities around an interesting and exciting central theme.  This term students will learn about:

THE WONDER OF MATHEMATICS - PHILIPPA LAM

What do circles, sunflowers and the Enigma machine have in common? Though these ideas may seem very different, they all have underlying patterns that can be mathematically explained. “The Wonder of Mathematics” aims to take mathematics outside of the classroom and notice it in the world around us. When children find fun and curiosity in noticing and puzzling over mathematical phenomena, they can develop their skills of problem solving and observation. This course will also open up ideas about what mathematics can be about, not simply crunching numbers, but instead noticing patterns in nature, real life and art.

During this course, students will engage in a variety of topics that engage with different parts of the mathematical world. To begin, a focus will be on shapes and how they are used in the real world for purposes such as strength, aesthetics and economics. These ideas will then be built on by following patterns and shapes in nature that display concepts such as the Fibonacci sequence, and fractal and radial symmetry. Not only will these ideas be observed, but students will also be able to deduct and conclude hypotheses as to why these mathematical phenomena have occurred in nature. Once understanding the natural patterns that can be explained by mathematics, students will see how these have been appropriated in the artistic world and also mirrored in the form of puzzles and codes. Students will also get a chance to work on their mathematical communication skills as they work through proofs both graphically and algebraically.

FANTASTIC CREATORS IN MYTHOLOGY AND FOLKLORE  - VANESSA ROMERO

For centuries mythical creatures have populated stories from around the world. What are these creatures and why have they been used in art and literature? Though creatures like the Minotaur and the Yeti are common in modern entertainment, they come from hoary myths and legends. This course will draw on historical sources, myth and folklore to explore the roles of these mythical creatures as well as other fantastical creatures including unicorns and dragons.

Students will examine mythical beasts from the Middle Ages to the present day and will gain insights into the ways these creatures continue to define our relationship between real and imagined worlds. Through the exploration of mythical sky creatures, sea creatures, mountain creatures and creatures of the forest, participants will gain a deeper understanding of why these creatures have informed cultural imaginaries from ancient bestiaries to contemporary art and literature. 

The course will operate with 8 or more participants and spaces are strictly limited. Each class runs for one-and-a-half hours.

Cost: $484 inc GST 
* This fee includes all resources and materials.  

Enrolments close on Tuesday 9 October 2018. No student will be permitted to attend without prior notification. 

For further information, please contact the PLC Sydney Extension Centre or call (+612) 9704 5634.

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