This term we are looking at Earth and Space Sciences with a big focus on our Earth’s resources. Here is a snapshot of some of the engaging activities the students have enjoyed this past fortnight.
We have been looking at the weather and our water resources and discussing the different impacts that this has on everyday life and the community in which we live. It is expected that students will take pride in being a Waterwise member of their community. It is hoped that they will understand and respect the Waterwise messages to our community and that they will contribute towards this in meaningful and rewarding ways. Students will discuss, observe and record weather in their own environment and understand how it impacts people and places. Students will use a variety of science skills such as discussing, illustrating, observing, predicting, testing, experimenting and posing questions.
The students used ‘weather viewer’s to explore the weather outside. We returned to class to make our weather report in our class Science journal.
Year Two and Three
Water is essential to life. As humans, we not only drink water, we use it for cooking, hygiene, recreation and agriculture. Australia is a dry continent with an expanding population and how we use water has become increasingly important. Water is a precious resource. Through exposure to the WA Waterwise program and the community in which we live, it is expected that students will take a pride in being a member of a community that provides a water resource for them and supports their daily water needs. It is anticipated that the students will respect and understand the Waterwise message to the WA community and contribute to their role in a meaningful and rewarding way. It is anticipated that students will be thoughtful and caring members of the community which they live in.
Students used their five senses to explore water. In this activity the students investigated how light travels through water.
Year four and five
We live in a world that is constantly changing. Even things that we might consider immovable, such as mountains or rock formations are gradually changing, sometimes with processes that are visible in our lifetimes. The modifications might affect us either through catastrophic events such as landslides or through gradual processes that change the quality and composition of soils we rely upon for sustenance. Through a study of the Earth’s surface the students will develop a curiosity and empathy towards the sustainability of our natural resources. They will show a lifelong desire to learn about the different perspectives from the first Australian inhabitants on how our landscape was formed. This will contribute to a sense of awe and wonder about the harsh environments in which communities of indigenous people have lived for so many years. Students will also participate in Waterwise activities and understand their role as an active citizen in the community to make conscious decisions about water use and conservation.
Our first activity was to explore and test the features of rocks. The students worked in their collaborative teams to investigate the permeability and durability of various rocks.
The surface of our Earth is slowly moving and changing over time. On average, a volcanic eruption occurs somewhere on Earth each week. Volcanic eruptions are often seen as devastating events casing destruction, but they are also instrumental in creating new islands and adding to the continents while providing rich fertile soils and mineral deposits. Through this topic the students will understand their role as active citizen in their communities who are able to make informed decisions about the Earth’s natural resources. They will appreciate the importance of Waterwise messages and how they can make a contribution to reducing water use. They will understand that the government makes these decisions for the good of all.