What a wonderful morning we had today in the MPR! The year 5 Science Inquiry Group presented their findings about St Emilie’s Banksia Bushland and the audience included parents, Cath Cooper from Urban Bushland Council and Felicity Bradshaw, Honorary Research Associate UWA. The students used a resource developed by Felicity called ‘Be a Bush Scientist’ as a guide to conducting their bushland inquiry.
This afternoon I received the following feedback from Felicity – “Kerrie, I was greatly impressed at what you achieved with your Year 5s, in particular, what the children achieved. I would love to continue the partnership with S-i-S (if you’ll have me!)”.
Here is a snippet from one of the presentations and shows some of the excellent inquiry projects conducted by the teams.
I have a winner for the online Mystery Photo Competition. Maureen Sherry from 1B identified the image of a spacecraft. Maureen will receive her prize this week. Well done to Maureen.
The image above shows the Space Shuttle docking on the International Space Station.
To learn more about the ISS and where it is right now click on this link
If you would like to enter this month’s Mystery Photo go to this link. You can also show your parents all that you have been doing in Science this term by showing them around Mrs Cogger’s Weebly site.
What a week we had last week with our own visit from the original aspiring Martian himself – Josh Richards!
Josh is one of two West Australian candidates for the Mars One Project. Mars One is aiming to send humans to Mars in 2025! Not only did we enjoy Josh’s enthusiasm to be part of ground-breaking science, we also learned many new facts.
- in 2021 a capsule with food (with 7 years supply of astronaut food), equipment and a solar powered Rover will be launched to Mars.
- The first team will be a group of four – 2 females and 2 males.
- The habitats will be inflatable.
- The gravity on Mars is 1/3 of Earth’s gravity. The reduced gravity will effect a human’s bone density. The astronauts will be exercising up to 3 or 4 hours a day.
- It will take Josh 9 years to train for the mission
- Everything on Mars will be recycled. This includes human waste.
- The radiation is so intense that the teams will only be stepping out of the habitation at night.
- The sand storms on Mars are different to a sandstorm on Earth. This is because of the reduced gravity. Mars has a thinner atmosphere and the sandstorms will be less intense.
- The team will be looking for microscopic organisms but anything they find will be in strict quarantine.
- The only really sad thing about this mission
- is that it is ONE WAY!
In Year Two we are learning about wheat and the conditions it needs to grown in.
We watched this clip all about wheat – you might like to look at it too!
This week with the help of our fabulous parent helpers, we made wheat filled grassy heads!
To the parents who helped out during 2B Science THANK YOU very much, it was great fun for all creating our grassy head characters.
Our wheat filled grassy heads will be on display at the Science Expo. They are ‘bald’ at present, but wait until we observe the effect of introducing a little water and a little light to our wheat.
We also watched a tin in the staffroom. The boiling water inside the tin and the cold water poured over the tin helped it to shrink. We also watched when Mr Sayer tried to shrink a milo tin but it did not end up working. “It did not work because it was corrugated” said Jace.
On Tuesday 29th of July the Pre Primary students took part in a planting expedition! We were very privileged to have Deb from Sercul provide a variety of native seedlings for us to plant in our bushland. Many parents volunteered their time to help us with weeding and planting. We were allowed behind the white ropes of our play area and had to walk very gently inside the bush, ensuring we didn’t trample any special plants. It gave us a great opportunity to explore and we discovered a kangaroo paw flower starting to bloom and a rare spider orchid. We even found a snail that was busy laying eggs! A big thank you to our wonderful parents (and siblings Indie and Alice!) for their time and assistance and to Deb for providing our seedlings and much knowledge. A big thank you to Mrs Cogger for organising the morning and for sharing her love of our banksia bushland. We had a fantastic time!
Some of our year 5 Science Inquiry students spent Friday morning with Cath Cooper from Urban Bushland Council WA, learning about the different species of native plants that are growing right here in the St Emilie’s Bushland! Students were highly motivated and followed Cath’s lead as we toured our bushland, recording important details about the species we found along the way. The students will be using their findings to create an ‘eco-gram’. This eco-gram will feature in the presentation to parents later on this term. Cath is a highly valued ‘resource’ in our school, and she is teaching us all much about the importance of conserving our bushland and helping us to learn more about our local flora and fauna. Cath will be visiting on several occasions this semester to work with the year 5 science inquiry group and we feel very lucky indeed!
The Banksia is Cath’s most favourite plant. Can you work out who named the plant ‘Banksia’? (It has something to do with one of our early explorers to Australia!)
Above: We really love the enthusiasm of this little group – madly taking in everything Cath has to share!
While we were talking about the bushland one of the parents in PP observed an owl in our bushland. Yes – an OWL!! Both Mr Cogger and I have spotted the owl in the trees this week. This is very exciting news as it shows that the health of the bushland is improving, enough to encourage native fauna to return. I’ve done some research on the internet about common owls in the south west of WA and we think our owl is a Southern Boobook Owl.
Stay tuned for more info on our Wise Eyed Owl!
And finally let’s remember….
“It’s not what the world holds for you. It’s what you bring to the world”.