Science & Maths

Exploring Shapes in Maths and Space in Science

In Maths this week, 3S were learning to identify and describe the features of a range of 2D shapes using correct classifications such as whether the shapes are polygons, quadrilaterals, parallelograms and so on. On geoboards they made a variety of regular and irregular 2D shapes including isosceles, scalene and equilateral triangles. Exploring Space in 5th Class Being the end of term, many students presented their projects and assignments to their classmates today, including everyone in 5I and 5K who gave their multimedia presentations on Space. …

Talking about COVID-19 in Health

This week in Health in 3B we discussed Covid-19. What it is, why we are taking precautions and how we can keep ourselves safe and healthy. We did an experiment to show how soap effects germs. We put ground pepper (representing the germs) into a bowl of water. A student stuck their finger in and the pepper stuck to their finger. Next a child dipped their finger into soap and then placed their finger into the bowl and the soap repelled all the ‘germs’ away. Next the children asked what would happen if we tried hand sanitizer. We tried it again and the same thing happened! With so much change and difficulty in the community our focus is on …

Making sense of Mass

Mass was the Maths topic for the week in 2nd Class the children created a Language of Mass word bank and worked practically using balance scales to discover what Mass can tell us.  In Health, the topic  is Protecting Me   – the children have been exploring what to do to keep themselves safe  – going to a trusted adult, knowing parents’ mobile number and their address, ringing 000 in an emergency etc. In Science they have looked at the Constellations in relation to their topic Changes on Land and in the Sky. It sparked much enthusiasm.And in Philosophy we are discussing and reading on Easter. The children doing this as their ‘Celebration’ topic are very keen to offer …

The week that was in 4th class

In Maths class we have been reviewing multi-step multiplication word problems and taking part in multiplication Boot Camp. We have quite a few Specialists, Corporals, Sergeants, Staff Sergeants and Lieutenants already, and I m sure we will see some students promoted to Captain, Major, Colonel and 4-star General over the coming week!  In History, we have learnt about the Portuguese explorers Dias and Magellan and their contributions to the discovery of a trade route to India. In Science, we constructed our own whirligigs and tested their effectiveness against gravity when we made minor alterations.In Literacy, we have begun to look at characterisation in narratives. In Grammar we looked at plurals and pronouns and in comprehension we practised our ability to …

Making maths interesting

Last week Second Class began to explore measuring length using formal units of measure, centimetres and metres. They began by comparing lengths then finding objects to measure.  This week they have been creating ‘arrays’ using counters to develop a deeper understanding of multiplication. They then went on a ‘Gallery Walk’ to view and record each other’s arrays. Finally they related these arrays to their timetables facts. In the classroom we have exlored the structure and language of writing a report, planning headings for a report; writing simple  and complex sentences and incorporating formal units of measurement into reports. Show and Tell continues to showcase the chidren’s holidays.  They have been creating short presentations using props, posters, photos, holiday journals …

Mastering those tricky timepieces!

3rd Class has been learning about time this week. Students were given the challenge to match the time phrase with an analogue and digital clock face. This wasn t an easy task but the children showed excellent collaboration and problem solving to match them up. Ms BellTeacher …