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Science & Maths

15
March
2018

Making a game of it in Lower First Maths

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This week Lower First M discovered the delights of ‘take-away’ in Maths. The children worked with a partner to guess ‘how many’ had been taken away. It is always wonderful to see enthusiasm in learning!

Elizabeth McDermott (L1stM)

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09
March
2018

Are we there yet?

Upper First this semester in English and Geography are investigating the book Are we there yet? by Alison Lester. They are following the family in the book as they journey around Australia, and in doing so, exploring many parts of our country.

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So far Upper First (one of our classes is pictured above) has learnt about Pelicans at Coorong, The Great Australian Bight where they have discovered the Southern Right Whale at the Head of Bight. They have discovered that the Nullarbor Plain is the largest single piece of limestone in the world.
As the book guides them over the desert they have studied the Thorny Devil, as well as Weathering and Erosion at Wave Rock, the Pinnacles and Uluru.
Upper First are excited to keep learning about Australia.

Justine Brine and Simone Cipollone
Teachers

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02
March
2018

Thinking about population growth and our natural resources

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In a follow up lesson from their field trip, 5th class used Book Creator to produce books about how to effectively plan for population growth and increased usage of the national park at Bobbin Head. They really enjoyed the task and the results were well thought out and creatively presented.

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03
November
2017

Volumes - guess and check!

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Over the last week the students of 2M have been exploring volume. They had a fantastic time estimating the number of cubes that a container may hold. They estimated and measured the volume of each container using the cubes. The students were really excited when they found that their estimation of the volume of cubes was close to the number of cubes that they measured.  It was great to see all the students enthusiastically participating in the experience.   

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Fiona Stoddart
Practical Teacher

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27
October
2017

Maths lessons 2

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In Maths today, Upper First made potions, carefully following the teacher's instructions to measure and mix the required amounts of 'Teacher's Tears', 'Lizard's Blood' and 'Dragon's Blood'.

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27
October
2017

Maths lessons

 

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6th Class took their Maths learning outside this week in the form of a Treasure Hunt. Questions aligned to the Year 6 Stage 3 outcomes were placed around the grounds of the school and the children worked their way through each one. Problems included area, percentages, decimals and negative numbers. All that running about and looking for clues gave us exercise too! A really fun lesson!

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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29
June
2017

The science behind seeing

On Monday 6th Class had an Incursion from Fizzics Education on Light and Colour. We were dazzled with glasses which split white light and found out what it would be like to see the world through the eyes of a bug! This unit supported our Science unit and gave us an opportunity to practically explore shadows, prisms and lenses. The children had a lot of fun and there was a chance to ask lots of great enquiring questions. - Mrs Tomicki

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29
June
2017

Robotics fun

4th classes had a robotics incursion with Fizzics Education this week.  They programed Lego robots to do various tasks such as drive around bodies lying on the ground and following paths on the carpet. 

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09
June
2017

Eggs away

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4th class students recently had to design a vehicle to carry an egg safely from the verandah to the ground. They had to think about the materials they could use to protect their egg and choose a material, considering also its size and shape, that would provide maximum air resistance thereby helping the egg to travel safely to the ground.

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25
November
2016

Getting technical in 3rd classes

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Third classes had an incursion last week with Fizzics Science to round out their unit of work on designing and making products.

The exercises involved a lot of teamwork to make technical constructions out of meccano.  It follows on from their work designing useful products using recycled materials.

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25
November
2016

Getting the measure of things in Upper First

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Both Upper First classes have been investigated measuring Area and Perimeter. We used grids to measure area and units to cover the area. We recorded these in our Math Grid Books. We then marked out perimeters with tape and began to calculate and record these.
Some reflecting on our learning revealed that we knew 'area measures the inside space' and 'perimeter measures the outside'.

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Elizabeth McDermott

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14
October
2016

Outstanding Maths results

Congratulations to the following students who gained High Distinctions or Distinctions in ICAS Maths this year.
High Distinctions: Amelia G (6R), Marlon L(3S), Saurav H (4J), Thomas J (5T).
Distinctions: Daniel S (6R), Kai P (6C), Callum H (6R), Sean G (6R), William W (6R), Leo G (6R), Charlie P (6C), Aidan H (5T), Hayden H (5T), Elisha C (5T), Callum T (4J), Ashlee P (4J), Eshaan H (4D), Isabella G (4D), Ramakrishna B (4D), Heidi P (3S), Ayush O (3S), Victoria M (3S).

Fifty-seven students sat the ICAS Maths exam, an excellent effort.  Well done all for participating.

In other maths news, hearty congratulations to Thomas J of 5th class who received outstanding results in the recent Australian Maths Competition. Thomas has been invited to the AMT Enrichment Workshop and AMT Awards Presentation at Randwick Girls in November. He will receive a Best in School Award as well as a High Distinction Award. Well done Thomas, what a fantastic achievement!

 

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16
September
2016

Different ways to pay

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As part of their unit on money, this week Upper First M learnt about the bartering system.  Students discussed how some societies do not use a formal currency but instead swap goods and services.  Students embraced the role-playing activity with many shopkeepers and customers haggling enthusiastically.  By the end of the activity students had developed their bartering skills enabling them to “purchase” multiple items and even calculate change.  

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19
August
2016

4th Class explore endothermic and exothermic reactions

On Tuesday, 4th Class took part in a variety of different science experiments all in the spirit of Science Week. This term 4th Class have been focusing on Heat. We were learning about Endothermic and Exothermic reactions as well as the difference between hot, cold and room temperature water and how molecules move faster when they are warmer and slower when they are colder. This was simply shown by adding food colouring. We saw great results. We also made our own thermometers, that actually worked! And finally for a bit of fun and pleasure, we made sherbet and talked about chemical reactions. A fantastic and rather messy afternoon.

Alice Dawson

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4th class J had a special guest science presenter in their lesson on heat reactions.  Miss Jackson's sister, Alethea,  is doing a science degree majoring in Chemistry, and she popped in to share her expertise with the class.  

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09
August
2016

Tornadoes, pandemics and volcanoes - 5th class science!

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On Monday, 5th class had a visit from Fizzics Education to further our studies about Natural Disasters. Jeanette the co-ordinator talked us through what causes disasters and how the tectonic plates on the Earth's crust can move and lift. There were lots of experiments for us to investigate including spreading a pandemic, blowing up a Bernoulli bag and making our very own tornado in a bottle! We even got to make a pretend solar flare and exploding volcanoes. It was such a lot of fun and we all agreed that we had learnt a great deal from the hands-on activities.

Allison Tomicki

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