Science & Maths

Giant bandicoot visits 2nd Class!

Second Class enjoyed a great Incursion and learning experience on Thursday. Hilary and Tim from the Coastal Environment Centre came along to school for a half day incursion. The children’s activities enhanced the Science unit Living Things and Change. So much new learning on the features of Living Things and their habitat and environment. The children explored the features of animals through the Blindfold Game and then participated in an outdoor activity to build a habitat for a creature and explain to a group the needs of the animal they had chosen. The Incursion finished off with the children making their own insect habitat in a bottle and a visit from Billy the Bandicoot. Mrs McDermott and Mrs Connell …

Half way through the Term already!

We can’t believe that we are already halfway through Term 3! The children have been working so hard and are making fabulous progress. English – This week we have been researching the life and accomplishments of William Shakespeare. We will use this information to write our own biography next week.   Maths – We have continued with our unit of work on Multiplication and Division. We finished off the week putting our skills into real life situations in problem solving activities.   Science- This week in Science we looked at how shadows work. The students used a torch and a solid object to demonstrate their understanding of how shadows move in relation to the position of the sun.   Geography – This week we learned all about the natural and human features of Australia.   …

Year 3 write their own biographies

We have been busy learning here in 3rd Class. The children are focused and learning well. They are all making excellent progress. What have we been up to this week?   English – This week the children read a biography of choice from the Big Dreams Little People series. They used the information from these to write a mini biography of their own. Maths – This week we have focused on formal written methods for subtraction as well as calculating change. Science – The children demonstrated their knowledge of how night and day occurs. I have attached some videos of their explanations.   Geography – This week we have been learning how to use an atlas and read maps using coordinates. Shakespeare – We worked on …

Diving back in to Shakespeare

4th Class are having lots of fun diving back into Shakespeare rehearsals. As part of homework each night, all students have been reminded to learn their lines as soon as possible. We have limited time each week with Miss Emanuel and rehearsals are interrupted when students are carrying scripts around instead of props. Everyone is doing really well and we hope to have all students with memorised lines within the next 2 weeks. The past week: • In writing we have been looking at effective persuasive arguments and using conjunctions and other connective devices to illustrate opposition, reinforcement and cause and effect to strengthen our arguments. In Grammar we have looked at the etymology of words from Latin and …

Update from 2nd Class (Year 2)

In Maths this past week, 2nd Class explored multi-digit addition and subtraction, trading (regrouping or borrowing). This requires a good understanding of place value. I was delighted to see the children embrace this with a sense of challenge and enthusiasm. Addition proved interesting and all managed it well, after some practice. Our next challenge was mastering this process, with subtraction. Any interested students might like to watch this video to help master this skill. Free Writing The children have been decorating their own ‘Free Writing’ book. There is much excitement about this. Some children have planned their topic to write about and can discuss the purpose and audience they will write for. I will not mark this book and …

Negative numbers

6th Class are considering negative numbers in Maths.  We asked “How can there be a number less than zero, if zero is equal to nothing?” Is there a quantity less than zero? How can we have less than nothing at all! What a conundrum to debate! We turned to real life problems to answer the question, including looking at negative temperatures and landforms beneath sea level. There is of course an infinite number of integers ‘going left’ on the number line and 6T have been investigating them all week. We will finish up today with our weekly assessment and online Kahoot quiz. It is fascinating listening to the children discuss their Mathematical understanding. Justifying their answers and reasoning with …