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.
On the 17th of June we celebrated the Feast of St. Emilie de Vialar. Throughout the day we were able to celebrate St. Emilie’s inspiring life and legacy, learning more about why our school was named after her and why she is a such a role model for all. St. Emilie was a kind, caring and compassionate person, who dedicated her life to the needs of others. Something that we can all inspire to achieve throughout our daily lives.
Whilst discussing St. Emilie’s life, we also learnt about religious medallions. A religious medal is usually metallic, cast either in a round or oval shape, depicting the image of our Lord, the Blessed Mother, or another saint. This image should motivate us to fulfil our religious duties and put our faith into action. We all designed a religious medal for St. Emilie, as a celebration of her faith filled life and devotion for others. We can now use our St. Emilie medallion as a personal reminder to use our own actions to be kind and caring towards all, just like St. Emilie.
For our science activity this week, Mrs Cogger set us all the challenge to see how we could change different materials. We enjoyed changing materials in many different ways such as, tearing, folding, stretching and snapping. After we had made these changes, we began to ask ourselves the question, were these changes irreversible? Some materials were able to be returned to their original state, but others couldn’t! We also discovered that some materials are a lot easier to change than others. For example, we could easily tear cotton wool, but struggled to make changes to our rocks!
Here are some photos from our changing materials experiment:
In Year 4 our first writing focus for Term Two is poetry. To celebrate and learn more about Anzac Day, we discussed the roles that different animals played throughout the war. We looked at the importance of camels, dogs, birds, navy cats and horses. We discovered more about what these specific animals did, and how they helped the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us. We found it interesting that some of the animals we have as pets also played a part in keeping our country safe all those years ago!
We then spent time writing acrostic poems for an animal of our choice, describing and explaining their role throughout the war. See some pictures of our Anzac Day Animals acrostic poetry below!