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Science & Maths

23
August
2019

Planning their overseas trips

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6S were recently working on a maths investigation planning a world trip and calculating distances, recording locations using longitude and latitude and navigating international time zones.

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02
August
2019

Looking up in Upper 1st

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On Wednesday, both Upper 1st classes enjoyed a Science Excursion to the Sydney Observatory. The class spent the morning with Educators Alfred and Harriet discovering facts and sharing hands-on tools to explore concepts regarding ‘Astronomy: Changes in the Sky’.
Our students used real astronomy tools to uncover changes in the sky. They had the opportunity to use a projection telescope and to work out the length of the day with the Educator’s help. Our students explored the short-term changes in the sky, the appearance and movement of the stars, and phases of the Moon in the digital planetarium. An in-house augmented reality app was used to investigate cycles of day and night in spectacular detail. All in all it was a spectacular venue and with views of the harbour at lunch time.

Lea-Ann Connell and Elizabeth McDermott, Teachers

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26
July
2019

Not frustrating at all!

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6th class students have been using Micro-bits to learn how to code. They completed a project linked to their Science unit on electricity. A game called ‘Frustration!’ (Think old school ‘Operation’!). 
 
We have been so impressed watching the students improve their skills in problem solving, apply their mathematical skills to coding and their efforts in persistence during these digital technology lessons. 
 
Mrs Slaven
Teacher

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21
June
2019

3D happenings

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This week 3D rolled out their geo-metropolis, complete with futuristic buildings made from 3D shapes.  They also investigated the traditional methods of creating ice cream (before freezers and fridges) by cooling the mixture over a salty ice-bed or brine.  We learnt that the salt lowers the temperature and freezes the ice cream mixture more rapidly than just ice or a freezer.

Cynthia Dalgleish
Teacher

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21
June
2019

Maths entrepreneurs

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In a 6th class Maths investigation, students had to be educational entrepreneurs and design a board game about fractions targeting Year 6 students.

 

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10
May
2019

Money maths in Upper First

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Upper First M loved exploring the concept of money in Maths this week. They worked out how to make various amounts using coin values.

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04
April
2019

Little smarties in Maths

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This week Upper 1st has been learning about equal groups, sharing and division.  Today we asked the inquiry question: How many ways can you equally share 24 smarties?
The students were given 8 cupcake cases, 24 smarties, a whiteboard and a marker. We discussed how they could record their results and introduced the division symbol.
Students spent time exploring the concept and seeing which amount of cupcake cases would give equal groups.
We joined together on the mat to discuss our results. We wrote our number sentences on the board. We then discussed that if we read our division number sentence backwards it was the same as our times tables!
We then went off to explore how we could share 20 equally into groups.
Once we were done we got to gobble up our smarties and we wrote a reflection on our learning.  Upper 1st loves learning!!

Ms Bell, Teacher

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22
March
2019

Spaghetti bridges

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4th classes made bridges out of spaghetti in Science today.  The bridges had to be strong enough to bear weight, and different versions had to be made with less and less spaghetti.

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22
March
2019

Learning about earth sciences

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In Upper 1st M we have been learning about the Earth. This week we focussed on continents and oceans. We played a game using hula hoops as the continents to strengthen our understanding. Students then labelled the continents and oceans on a world map. In the next lesson we discussed how the continents looked like they fit together a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. We looked at images and videos of the supercontinent Pangaea from 200 million years ago. We read a fact sheet about Pangaea and used this information to help us answer some questions.

Sara Bell
Teacher

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15
March
2019

Young architects research sustainable materials

6th class students have been delving in to what building materials will suit current and future environmental conditions, and seeing if they can design cyclone-proof houses.  

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08
March
2019

Second class space excursion

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On Wednesday this week, 2nd Class were on excursion to the Powerhouse Museum and to the Sydney Observatory, rounding out their Space studies brilliantly.

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08
March
2019

5th class explore Bobbin Head

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Last Thursday, 5th Class went to Bobbin Head and learnt about the history that shaped the National Park. First we used a compass to orienteer the direction of North on a map of the park. Next we used the iPads to take some pictures of the landscape. After that we went on a bushwalk past mangrove trees, where we saw numerous species of crabs. On the top of the escarpment, our Guide told us about the Indigenous people who had once inhabited the land. We saw a rock carving in the shape of a man. The man symbolises a warning of STOP to all people who enter the land.  Then we continued walking into a small rainforest where we had lunch in a relaxing, cold area. On the way back we learnt about how Park Rangers put down bait to stop foxes eating the Southern Bandicoots which are endangered. It was a wonderful trip and we would like to go there again.

By Ella and Felicity

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27
February
2019

Learning about the Moon

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2B has researched the phases of the moon on iPads and recorded their facts. We are working on the using Digital Technology to discover as another form of learning.  It's great preparation for their visit to the Sydney Observatory next week.  The children loved it!

Justine Brine
Teacher

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22
February
2019

Learning about patterns in Maths

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This week in Maths U1st M explored patterns. We found them everywhere and had great fun making and drawing our 2, 3, and 4 repeating patterns in lessons. Here's Sadie, Harriet and Jasmine making their pattern.

Mrs McDermott
Teacher

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31
August
2018

It's all adding up in Upper First

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Here are some Upper First (Year 1) students doing a Maths lesson on addition using 1, 2 and 3 digit numbers.  They used different sided dice, place value boards and MAB counting blocks to roll dice and record the sums in their maths books.  Mrs McDermott, who was observing, said it was a brilliant lesson.

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