Welcome to another fascinating term of learning in Cultural Studies!
This term I have decided to show the students a truly amazing country that is as diverse and different as you can get from our Australia.
Mongolia is a beautiful country that is full of tradition and simplicity. This fortnight we viewed a You tube clip of Mongolia and the students were so surprised at the incredible country side and the way of life the nomadic Mongolians have.
They were certainly interested in learning more and this first set of lessons has sparked their thirst for more!
We have learnt about the Mongolian Flag and the symbolism of the colour red- prosperity, Blue- the beautiful sky of Mongolia and the yellow “Soyombo” which is a collection of symbols in a column that represent fire, sun,moon,earth, water and the Ying Yang symbol.
Here we are watching a you- tube clip introducing Mongolia and what the people and scenery look like as well and discovering what the climate and animals are like.
Many children remarked on the differences to the other asian countries we have studied.
Here we see the country of Mongolia and its neighbours- Russia, China and Kazakhstan.
We looked at the position of Mongolia and realised how the position in the world would affect the weather and the style of traditional clothing within the country.
Here we are drawing the Mongolian national flag and comparing it with our own.
This term the students will continue to develop their interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live.
The Year One students will describe objects and events that they encounter in their everyday lives, and the effects of interacting with materials and objects. To achieve this the students will review how we change everyday materials for example scrunching, ripping, twisting, stretching. We will enjoy a video clip of The Three Pigs and identify the different materials used to create their houses. Then the students will work in teams to design/make/evaluate their own house using craft materials and then test the house’s strength in wind. We will do this by blasting the house with wind power from a hairdryer. Should be fun Mrs Cogger thinks. She can just guarantee that the kids will love this activity!! Which house will sustain the wind power?
The Year Two students students describe changes to objects and materials. They will identify that certain materials and resources have different uses and describe examples of where science is used in people’s daily lives. Students will consider how materials are remade or recycled into new products for the good of the environment. They will explore this by conducting a guided fair test to investigate the effects of recycling processes on paper and recording their observations and comparing their findings with others. We will also examine in details the role and importance of recycling paper.
The Year Three students will use their experiences to pose questions and predict the outcomes on an investigation about chromatography – How can different types black inks be separated? And what are they made of? The students will work in teams to make formal measurements and follow procedures to collect and present observations in a way that helps to answer the investigation question. Students will suggest possible reasons for their findings. We will research the history of chromatography and it’s role in forensic investigation and pollution monitoring.
The Year Four students apply the observable properties of materials to explain how objects and materials can be used. The students will continue to monitor and observe changes to their decomposition investigation. Towards the end of term the students will dig up their materials and use the new iscopestands and ipods to examine their findings and make conclusions about how different materials decompose. We will also look at the tensile strength of different materials by conducting a fair test to see whether materials – snap, tear or stretch.
The Year Five students will examine the large scale problem of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans that has been silently growing for over 100 years and can no longer be ignored. The plastic problem is so vast it is difficult to see how we can possibly do anything to help the situation, but we can. Simple changes in our everyday lives mean we can ALL help to reduce the amount of plastic waste in our oceans. Students will investigate alternatives for plastics and create their own messages about plastics and the harm caused to our planet.
The Year Six students are looking forward to another visit from Mr Sayer our mentor from Scientists in Schools. Mr Sayer is planning to introduce the students to simple circuits and we will be busy wiring up batteries, bulbs, switches and wires. The students will also compare and classify different types of observable changes to materials through investigating chemical and physical changes. The students will research how paper, glass and plastic is recycled. They will reflect on – If there is a change in state or product during the recycling process and what processes are involved?
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