This term our guided inquiry unit has been all about using our CREATIVITY!
Over the last few weeks we have been busy planning, designing and building our very own Robot Buddies.
The children worked in teams of three, and began by planning the types of traits they wanted their Robot Buddy to have (such as scary, pretty, clever or funny). They then used their imagination to draw ideas for their robot design, remembering to think of ways to show each of their chosen character traits.
The next step was to consider which materials we would use for each part of our robot.
We then swapped our plans with another group to consider how we might be able improve their design. The children drew or wrote down their suggestions, thinking carefully about which features could be made bigger, removed or added.
Once our final designs were complete, it was time to begin building our Robot Buddies! We each had a turn at being the ‘Manager’, ‘Builder’ or ‘Helper’, and had a lot of fun selecting and using a wide range of materials to bring our designs to life!
We are all so proud of our Robot Buddies, and we are looking forward to putting them on display for everyone to enjoy!
Our focus in Science this week is learning about the six Noonjar seasons. We are currently in Kambarang, the season of wildflowers. Mrs Cogger found this youtube about the six seasons and it explains why the Noonjar people moved every two months.
We then investigated St Emilie’s Bushland looking for signs that is was now the Kambarang season.
Here are some of the indicators that we are in the Kambarang season.
Banksia attenuata is flowering
Kangaroo Paws have almost finished flowering.
I loved looking for new signs and wildflife and discovering new plants and animals. Also discovering why and what insects make houses and how they catch their prey. Kian and Luke H
There is an increase in heat and the animals and insects hide in the shade. Norah and Samara.
It would be much cooler on the coast for the Noonjar people than inland. Joanna and Chloe
To move away from the heat so that they can swim, fish and keep cool. Jessica H and Lyana
How the animals are behaving. Changes to the stars, creeks, lakes and rivers. Ione and Antonio
The Pre Primary children have been immersed in our Fairytale unit this term.
We were inspired to build a castle in our shared role play area. The children collected lots of boxes from home and then had to plan, experiment and problem solve how to use the boxes to build a stable wall for our castle.
Unfortunately the rain and stormy weather one weekend proved that our structure was not stable enough to brave the elements!
Mr Searle came to our rescue, donating some large and strong boxes from his workplace.
We have made thrones for our King and Queen and have costumes for role play and dress ups in the Pre Primary Castle. Keep your eyes open and you may catch a glimpse of knights, wizards, witches, princes, princesses and fairies!
In Week 4, Year 2 Blue practised their knowledge of ‘position, location and transformation’ by creating a set of instructions to give other students to follow.
Working with a partner, the students took into consideration the position of where they would stand, the directions in which they would travel (some even using compass directions as a point of reference), the distance they would travel in each step, and the way they would travel (walking, skipping, hopping).
We then had a lot of fun reading and following another group’s directions!
All of our directions were unique and creative, and showed our growing understanding of position, location and transformation!
National Water Week is held in October each year to help us understand and take action to protect and conserve our precious water resources and habitats. As a registered Waterwise School, St Emilie’s always celebrates this week by educating our students about the value and conservative use of water.
The theme for National Water Week this year is ‘Water – the Heart of our Culture’ which encourages young people to explore how water shapes our everyday lives through recreational activities, the natural world and our community values. The focus here at St Emilie’s was the value of water to the Western Australian lifestyle.
The week was a call to action, challenging us all to make changes to our day-to-day lives to protect this essential resource which shapes almost everything we do. It also gives us a huge opportunity to start conversations and encourage people to learn more about the technologies and the people that keep our taps running and ensure Australia has a sustainable water future to support our economy and our communities.
Below are a few of the Waterwise learning experiences that were offered in Science this week.
The Year One students investigated ‘dripping taps’ around the school. And they found one in Year 5!! We predicted how much water would be collected from the drip and marked this on bucket.
Then we left the bucket under the drip to collect the water while we went back to class to do our work. Here are our findings.
We had a discussion about what we can do if we see a dripping tap. ‘Turn it off!’ were the replies. However, Olivia in 1G informed us all that if the drip won’t stop then, ‘call a plumber!’
We didn’t wish to waste our collected water so Mrs O’Donnell carefully poured the water onto the lawn.
Our Year 2 students did some work on their potato crops. It was time to ‘mound up’ the soil around the potatoes. Mr Cogger assists us by managing the sprinklers and turning them on, only on our designated watering days here at St Emilie’s.
Our Year 5 and 6 students learned about our big blue planet and how much ‘fresh water’ is actually available for drinking, growing food and keeping plants and animals alive. It works out that there is about 2%. This helps us to understand the importance of water conservation and why in our drying climate in WA we need to look after our most precious resource.