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Science & Maths

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.

Roslyn Dunn

 

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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11
March
2016

Upper First out and about at the zoo

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Our Upper First classes completed the ‘Backyard to Bush’ Workshop at the Education Centre of Taronga Zoo this week. 

This fits with our unit of Science on ‘Living Things’, their needs in order to survive, and how they help us and we help them. It also linked with Geography, ‘Places and Spaces’, pets in the backyard, Indigenous plants, Australian bush and the farmyard.

And we had a lot of fun!

 

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04
March
2016

Learning about geometry

Upper First C are experts at describing two dimensional shapes; knowing their names, how many sides they have and how many angles.  They can even tell us what 'two dimensional' means. Well done students!

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04
March
2016

Learning about gravity

Second class set up an experiment to demonstrate the effect of gravity.  They made rulers with weighted strings attached, and showed that no matter which way they pointed their rulers, the string always fell downwards. 

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26
February
2016

Growing our own biomes

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As part of our unit on Rainforests, we are looking at plants and their life cycles. This week we have split open some seeds and examined them under a magnifying lens. We were amazed to learn that each seed comes with its very own food store called the cotyledon. The seed is covered by a hard shell which protects the embryo whilst it is growing.

We have also planted our very own terrariums with plants kindly donated by staff and parents. The terrariums are in plastic bottles and we are hoping that the conditions will mimic the humid biome of the Amazon!

Alison Tomicki
Teacher

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26
February
2016

Estimating and measuring in Upper First

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This week Upper First M investigated length using paper clips as informal units. First they found and estimated the length of an object in the classroom and using their paper clip ruler measured it for the actual length. They made their own paper clip rulers.

Some reminded others that the paper clips needed to be end to end and not leave gaps or they wouldn’t have the actual length.

Elizabeth McDermott
Teacher

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19
February
2016

Mapping the school

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Today Upper First C and M in Geography explored the school identifying the natural and constructed features. It was interesting discovering features and discussing their place in the school. After the field trip Upper First drew pictures of the school.

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12
February
2016

Upper First discover The Living World

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Upper First classes worked together this week to create some extraordinary plasticine pets and objects to provide for their needs.  The children considered how an animal uses its senses to help it survive.  We decided all pets need food, water, air and shelter.  Some children also made toys and treats for their pets as they felt this was an important consideration.  After all, this week our focus prayer is ‘May All Be Happy’

Lea-Ann Connell and Elizabeth McDermott, Upper First Teachers

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20
November
2015

Robotics and Dancing

Science Club and Robotics Reminder

 

A reminder that Science Club has now finished for the year and in 2016 it will be replaced by Lego Robotics...

We will definitely be going ahead with Lego Robotics in 2016, it is our intention that every child who wants to take part will get to at some stage in the year, whether that be in Term 1 or later in the year. If you have emailed an expression of interest, thank you and if you have not done so yet, please email Mrs Crewe.

Dance classes to start at JCS

We are very excited to be introducing dance as an extracurricular class in 2016. Dance will run before school from 7:40am to 8:25am in the lunch room and will run on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning. Your morning will be determined by the Year group your child is in and we will decide these groups once we have an idea of how many students are interested. We will concentrate mainly on Jazz, with some elements of classical ballet for warm up and we may branch out to lyrical/funk for the older children depending on the needs and wants of the students in the group.
 
Mrs Crewe will instruct and she loves to dance and has over 20 years of dance teaching experience, in the past having run a studio and currently also teaching ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatics at Terpsichore Dance Company in Wahroonga. She has also run the extracurricular dance program at Killara High School for the past 15 years. Dance is a true passion of hers and and she is looking forward to sharing it with John Colet children.
 
We will work on developing dance skills in a safe and fun environment and we will also work towards various performances throughout the year. There will be cost of $10 per week charged by John Colet, this cost will include the performance costumes and there will most likely be some additional purchases such as jazz shoes etc. If your child is interested in participating, can you please email Mrs Crewe your child’s name before the end of term.

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09
October
2015

Maths results

We have two sets of Maths results to report:

Forty four students entered the Australian Mathematics Competition which was an incredible turnout for a small school.

Congratulations to Jamie H and Thomas J for their High Distinctions in this award, and to the following students for their Distinctions:

Isabella G, Ramakrishna B, Callum T, Misha Y, Saurav H, Iona A, Eshaan H (all Year 3)

Ella K (Year 4) and Sean G, Anikhan K (Year 5).


Fifty students entered the ICAS Mathematics Competition this year and the following students were awarded Distinctions:

Scout H, Alexandra R, Luke C (Year 6); Kai P, Jack H, William W,  Daniel S, Anikan K, Sean G, Amelia G, Leo G and Nadine G (Year 5); Thomas J (Year 4), Ryan M, Suarav H and Isabella G (Year 3).


Congratulations and well done to all our students who participated in these tests. 

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