Science & Maths - John Colet School

Science & Maths

10
August
2018

Fraction flowers!

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This week L1st M has been focusing on the complex concept of Fractions.
We started the week with simple ideas and notions of sharing, and what it meant to be fair when splitting a whole object into parts. The students were extremely quick to realise that in order for sharing to be fair, we had to divide an object into equal parts.
Students thoroughly enjoyed sharing objects (UNIFIX CUBES) with other members in the class, creating whole circles as a class and splitting into two equal semi circles (Space and Geometry Sub-strand), and have worked extremely contentedly and steadily throughout this period.
During our Fraction lessons, fine motor skills have also been refined during cutting and pasting objects to fit in the “Fraction Flower”, along with colouring. In addition, students further developed these skills through the creation of fraction murals. To do so, students have folded, cut, and stuck, squared pieces of paper, which also consolidated their cognitive mathematical development, surrounding fractions.

Harriet Wickett 
Macquarie University (final year Practicum) student 2018

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27
July
2018

Science Week - we are on it

In the lead up to Science week, we were lucky enough to begin the term with a visit from Taronga Zoo Keeper, Mrs Farley MacDonald.
Mrs MacDonald is currently working on the enormous campaign to eradicate single-use plastics. A major part of her campaign focusses on plastic straws. (One of the ‘Big 4’ single use plastics currently in circulation) https://taronga.org.au/act-for-the-wild/blog/the-%E2%80%98big-4%E2%80%99-plastics-what-they-are-and-why-they-matter
The children were encouraged to say ‘No Thanks’ when offered a straw in their drinks or to take a re-usable straw made of stainless steel when out and about.

They were also shown keep-cups for hot chocolates or coffees for mum and dad, as well as beeswax wraps for food wrapping and re-usable drink bottles. Both the staff and students gained great insight into the need for change and were asked to tell just 5 people what they learnt about single use plastics today.

Science Week Action!
Our art department staff have an amazing project planned for our students. In order to assist in the movement away from single use plastic bags, the students will be making a re-usable fabric bag to carry their plates and cups to and from school in. These bags will be made using an old t-shirt during their Art and Science lessons at school.
 

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27
July
2018

ICAS science great results

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Well done to all students who took part in the recent ICAS Science test.  Forty five John Colet students took part.  High Distinctions were awarded to Alexander B (3I) and Andre K (3B).  Distinctions were awarded to Finlay S (3B), Louis S-G (3B), Vanessa C (3I), James W (3I), Samuel J (4T) Charlie L (4N), Marlon L (5S) Ayush O (5S) Ariel S (5S) and Sana S (6M).

ICAS Science assesses students' skills in the key scientific areas of: Observing and measuring - Noting and measuring features of items and phenomena. Interpreting data - Interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs. Applying data - Including inferring, predicting and concluding.

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29
June
2018

Getting ready for Science week

The national school theme for this year's Science Week (13-17 August) is Game Changers and Change Makers.
John Colet School will focus on plastics and how to reduce, reuse and recycle.
We will be holding a competition for students on the best use of plastic rubbish that can be re-purposed into something for long term use or to find a plastic free solution to something we currently use plastic for. We plan to have both an Infants and Primary prize.
We are also looking to identify where students and families are currently using creative ways to cut down on our plastic use at school. An example is using old tea towels, re-purposed into a bag for bringing children’s plates and cups to school for our sit down vegetarian lunch.

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22
June
2018

Earth and Space explained

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Mrs Marissa Nerwich, astronomer and astronomy guide at the Sydney Observatory, talked to 5th classes as part of their study of Earth and Space.
They heard about some of the methods by which modern and ancient astronomers have found out about our solar system, for example, how they calculate distances between planets and stars. They also found out about whether life is possible on other planets in our solar system and beyond, about the Big Bang and about current missions in space. The children made the most of the opportunity to put their questions to an expert!
Year 5 have also finished their Moon Buggies and have successfully tested them on a rough ‘moon’ surface.
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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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