This week Mrs Cogger provided some interesting Science Activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Across Australia NAIDOC Week is usually celebrated in schools in the last week of Term 2. This year due to the COVID pandemic, NAIDOC week was moved to November. However, many schools went ahead with their plans to celebrate in week 10 just as they always do.
The Year 2 and 3 students learned of a Noonjar Dreaming Story that tells us how the Southern Cross was formed.
The Year 4B students learned about the Noonjar season of Makuru and explored the bushland to look for signs that Makuru has started.
The Year 5B students made Aboriginal digging sticks used for digging up bloodroot, yams, honey ants and Witchetty grubs.
The Year 6 students learned about Aboriginal engravings and rock art. After observing many different forms of art, the students created a shield with symbols of their own Dreaming Story.
Vivienne returned to St Emilie’s this week to talk to the students about what happens at the Materials Recovery Facility once all the recyclables have been collected from our homes.
The students learned about the whole process from the moment the truck is emptied onto the tipping floor until the materials are ready baled and ready for collection.
All the students played a sequencing game to demonstrate and show how the materials are recovered.
We enjoyed our visits with Vivienne and we wish her all the best as she spreads the message about recycling and the waste message.
In Year Three, we have been busy learning about different units of measurement. We have discussed where we see common units of measurement in our daily lives, and how we can use certain measurements to work out and compare the length or perimeter of objects in our world. We worked together to measure the length of some of our body parts and items around the class. We have also created mini house plans, based on our own homes, using grid paper. We will then use our new found measuring skills to work out the perimeter and area of each room in the home. Next, we will be exploring volume and capacity!
Love the Year Three Students
This week we started to talk about what St. Emilie’s Primary School might have been like in the past. We made some predictions and shared some things that we already knew.
- We thought our school was somewhere between 17 & 30 years old.
- We know there were different teachers
- We know there were different house colours
- We know that the school has changed a lot
Next, we invited some special guests from Year Four to share the research that they have been doing and to share the interviews they conducted with significant members of the St. Emilie’s community.
Wow! We discovered SO many things that we didn’t know and even found it hard to imagine about the St. Emilie’s of the past.
We are looking forward to sharing our findings with you on Open Night!