This term we are working with fractions, decimals and percentages. To begin the week we have learned a little more about equivalent fractions by playing the game, ‘Property Developer’. To play the game you need two players, two dice and some counters. The aim of the game is to occupy the most apartments by rolling the dice and making a fraction. If you roll a 2 and a 3 then you can make the fraction 2/3 therefore you can occupy two windows on a three bedroom apartment. If your partner has already occupied this apartment then you could make an equivalent fraction such s 4/6 or 8/12 and occupy those apartments instead. This game is great for getting us to recognise that different fractions actually represent the same amount.
In Religion, we have been discussing the characteristics of what it means to be responsible. We identified that responsible people ask themselves three questions before making a choice:
Is this a loving thing to do?
Have I thought enough about this?
Am I free from strong emotions?
We discussed various choices that people make and then performed a ‘Freeze Frame’ of a scenario where people have made a good choice and where people have make a poor choice. As a class we discussed the consequences that we face as a result of our actions, the importance of the rules that we abide by in our communities and laws that we have to follow.
During Inquiry, we participated in a lesson called, ‘Exercising Our Funny Bones’. We spoke about the Habit of Mind, ‘Finding Humour’ which provided us with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the importance of humour in our lives. People with a sense of humour are more likely to develop resilience as well as creative and lateral problem solving abilities. Having a sense of humour will also help us cope when our needs or wants are not being met. The Habit of Mind, ‘Finding Humour’ encourages people to laugh a little as laughing increases your oxygen intake and is good for you. It asks us to appreciate other’s humour and to try and laugh at ourselves.
As part of this lesson we were given a question or an answer to a joke. We had to move around the room and find someone who completed out joke. Some of the jokes were terrible and some of them were quite funny, we have shared a few below.
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Year Four celebrated National Science Week with a visit to Scitech. We began our learning adventure with a visit to the Planetarium. While there we viewed ‘To Space and Back’ which helped us to discover the huge impact that space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having on our daily lives. We learned how it is affecting us every day through technology such as satellites, mobile phones, and even saving lives.
Our next stop was ‘Carnival of Science’. Here we uncovered the science behind our favourite sideshow attractions and investigated the physics, psychology and mathematics of this weird and wacky world.
The highlight of our excursion was when we saw the show ‘Ignite Your Curiosity’. We discovered the wonders of chemistry in the world around us through bubbling beakers, exciting explosions and fantastic fireballs.
Finally, our afternoon was spent exploring the different exhibitions that Scitech has to offer. Overall it was an action packed enjoyable day that left us wanting to learn more about scientific curiosities in our world!
Students don’t forget your plate photo for next week!
We are having our own Science week here at St Emilie’s in week 8. The 2014 topic is ‘Science Feeding the World’. Both Health and Science will be doing extra activities with the students in week 8. Mr Davis will be doing an activity with year 5 about where our food is sourced from. Each year 5 student is to bring to school a photograph of their evening meal. So sometime between now and week 8 choose one of your favourite dinners, take a photograph of it and then print it out ready to bring to school. The students are not required to bring their photos until week 8.
Mrs Cogger and Mr Davis