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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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24
August
2018

Some science snaps this week...

When studying irreversible reactions today 5th class mixed a solid and a liquid to produce a gas.  It was a lot of fun!

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Meanwhile this week in Lower First, students showed off their innovative Science Projects. The children were asked to create an object from a single use plastic, to recycle it. They then presented it to the class explaining what it was made from, how it was made, and its purpose.

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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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