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Science & Maths

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'.

Lea-Ann Connell
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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.

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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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05
August
2016

Science Week at John Colet - we can't wait!

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Science Week has been developed to capture the imagination of our students and broaden their experience of science by inviting experts in their field to hold presentations, hands-on activities and question and answer sessions. Our experts are a mix of parents and alumni, some of whom are coming from interstate for this exciting event.

Topics include game design, coding, technology innovation, anatomy, environmental research and cosmology. We even have a planetarium, which will be exploring the universe inside our own hall! Together with this we will have a raft of hands-on exercises and competitions for the students during their lunch break and some science prizes too!

We would like to thank all our parents and alumni who have given their time to this event. A special thanks to Mrs. N who has been instrumental in developing the program and in sharing her passion for science with the community.

Julian Wilcock

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28
July
2016

Students game for a challenge

A number of children in our Primary Classes sat the Australian Maths Trust Maths Competition on Thursday. 
This is an hour long exam type of test and the paper gets progressively more difficult, providing a great challenge to students with a love of maths.  They cannot discuss the questions with anyone but they can use resources like dice, calculators, scissors etc.
The Maths Challenge which students did in Term 2 is a more collaborative exercise where the children work for 3 weeks on 16 problems.

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Meanwhile, hearty congratulations are due to the following students who achieved High Distinctions and Distinctions in the recent ICAS Science test. Forty-seven students took part which is a fantastic effort.

High Distinctions: Marlon L (3S), Thomas J (5T):  Distinctions:  Ayush O (3S), Hartley E (4J), Ashlee P (4J), Hayden H (5T), Aidan H (5T), William W (6R).

What is ICAS?
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element.  A new ICAS test is developed annually for each subject in each year level by subject matter experts. All ICAS tests are reviewed by experienced teachers to ensure that they accurately assess students’ skills and are relevant to what they are learning at school.
ICAS tests are sat at the student’s school and are invigilated by teachers under normal examination conditions.

John Colet School students in Years 3 - 6 may choose to sit ICAS tests.

Well done to all our students who are taking part in ICAS and other external competitions and tests this year.

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22
July
2016

Soyuz Simulator experience for 5th class

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As part of our unit on Space, 5th class visited the Powerhouse Museum on Wednesday. We were taken on a tour of the museum’s space exhibits and even got to experience what zero gravity feels like.
There were lots of interesting things to see including a replica of the Soyuz capsule which was used recently by the crew returning from the ISS. It was very cramped inside and helped us to imagine how UK astronaut Tim Peake and his colleagues would have felt during their descent back to Earth. After our tour we had time to explore the rest of the Museum and spend lots of time in the Discovery area.

Allison Tomicki

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22
July
2016

Exploring place value with paddlepop sticks

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This week Upper First explored place value in numbers and strategies for problem solving. They used paddlepop sticks to count big numbers and calculators to solve addition problems with Professor Digit. The children became so involved with the hands on materials that they developed their own open-ended solutions and discussed strategies collaboratively. At the end of each lesson Mrs Connell just stood back and observed their exploration.

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20
May
2016

Making moon buggies

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As part of our unit on Space, 5th class have been researching, designing and making our very own lunar space buggies.

We visited the website http://www.armaghplanet.com/blog/nasas-lunar-rover-everything-you-need-to-know.html to learn about the original rover which was built for the moon exploration and the various items needed on the buggy in order for the astronauts to complete their scientific investigations.

Our buggies had to be made using a timber frame model so there was lots of sawing and learning about the properties of cardboard triangles for joints. Each buggy had to be able to travel over a rough moonlike surface without becoming stuck, losing a driver or shedding its scientific load.

5th class had lots of fun completing the project and really enjoyed working together.  Be sure to visit our classroom on Open Say, Sunday 29th May, to see our buggies close up.

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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29
April
2016

Challenging Maths!

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Some of the primary students have elected to participate in the Australian Maths Trust Challenge which takes place this term.  This is a series of 4 problems designed to extend students and develop problem solving skills. The questions are always varied, interesting and a lot of fun.  4J and 4D started their challenge this week.  They work in small groups to discuss the problem and strategies to use before completing the tasks independently.

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