On Friday the 8th June, the Year Six students had the pleasure of attending an incursion with Patrick Reid. Patrick is an experienced teacher and university lecturer with a keen interest in everything science and mathematics. Patrick demonstrated many interesting scientific experiments and posed, then explained mathematical problems. The students explored tangrams as well as some fascinating facts about astronomy. Overall the morning proved to be an enriching and worthwhile learning experience for all of the students.
On Friday 8th June, the year Six students participated in the Eagle’s Cup netball competition. St Emilie’s hosted an exciting home game against St Munchin’s. Most of the Year Six students who are participating have never played netball before, and Mrs. Ryan and Mrs. Harvey have been very impressed with the level of skill that has developed with the extra training sessions. We are delighted with the “have a go” attitude and wonderful sportsmanship we have witnessed over the last few weeks, from all participants.
On Wednesday 23 May, Year Six Blue met with their Year Two buddy class. The Year Two’s read their buddy reports and the Year Sixes showed them their fables that they had written, illustrated and recorded. It was a warm afternoon and the students spent some quality time together, reading and sharing their literary talents.
Science– An overview of Term 2 learning experiences
This term the student’s learning experiences will be focused on the Science Understanding of Earth and Space Sciences and integrating with the whole school Mappen concept of CHANGE.
Year 1 Changes in the sky
Year one students will consider the changes in the night and day sky. Students will make predictions and scientific observations about the daily, weekly and seasonal changes that they observe in their local environment. They will use their understandings about day and night to make observations about the changes nocturnal animals make to adapt to their environments. I am waiting to hear from the Backyard Bandicoot project at Murdoch University as our resident Southern Brown Bandicoot is still inhabiting our bushland. I have invited Natasha Tay to make a presentation about bandicoots to the students.
Year 2 Night and Day
Year two students will consider the changes in the night and day sky. Students will make predictions and scientific observations about the daily, weekly and seasonal changes that they observe in their local environment. They will use their understandings about day and night to make observations about the Earth’s rotation, how shadows are formed and participate in role plays to show their learning. The Year 2 students will also commence the Seed Potatoes for Schools Project (an initiative through WA Potatoes) and plant their seed potatoes towards the end of term 2. WA Potatoes will support the students throughout this initiative.
Year 3 Earth, Sun and Moon
Year three students will explore the changes in size, shape, position and movement of the Earth, Sun and Moon. They will investigate how shadows change throughout the duration of the day and link this new knowledge to changes in the Sun’s apparent movement across the sky.
Year 4 Earth’s Place in Space
Through a unit on the Earth’s rotation the students will learn how the changing patterns in the sky relate to days, months and years. Students will understand how observation and models can be used to shape their ideas and understandings through hands on activities. Students will explore the changing face of the Moon, explore Aboriginal astronomy and investigate the changing Noonjar season of Makaru.
Year 5 The Earth’s Orbit
Students will learn about the concept of change through a unit about the Sun, Earth and Moon. Students will understand how observation and models can be used to shape their ideas and understandings through hands on activities. Students will investigate the light spectrum and explore the solar system by using Celestia and Stellarium (a planetarium app). Students will also share how Science for Human Endeavour impacts our lives by sharing articles from the Double Helix magazines.
Year 6 The Changing Earth’s Surface
Through the concept of Changethe students will understand the causes of earthquakes and how they change the Earth’s surface. Students will also learn how changesto our local water supply have benefits for the local population. As a Waterwise School, we have been invited to the Ground Water Replenishment Facility in Craigie on Tuesday 29 May to learn about the future initiatives of our water supply. The students will also have an incursion from Earth Sciences WA about ‘Chem Rocks’. Students will be investigating the chemistry of soils and testing lime to help out a farmer with their crop. Robogals an initiative from the University of WA will also be giving a robotics workshop to the Year 6 girls on Tuesday 22 May.
What you might like to do at home:
- Perhaps you could sit down and watch and discuss some space -related TV programs? There are some wonderful programs about stargazing currently on ABC TV.
- Maybe you could make some space models together at home?
- What do you know about bandicoots? Perhaps you could do a little research!
- Why not buy a Double Helix magazine online and read some articles?
- Why not go for a visit to the Planetarium at Scitech!
On Tuesday the year 6 girls had a Robogals incursion. Robogals is a student run organisation that aims to inspire and empower young women to consider studying engineering and related fields. Robogals offer engineering and technology workshops free-of-charge in their local communities, focusing on encouraging girls from primary to secondary school to explore an interest, as well as cultivate self-confidence, in these areas.
Our presenter was Aaron. Aaron commenced the workshop with a presentation about STEM careers.
Aaron then showed the students how to program the Lego Mindstorms robots.
The students were placed into their cooperative teams and given time to experiment with he robots.
Our first challenge was to program the robot so that it travelled in a ‘square’.
Aaron was available to help the students if they encountered any difficulties.
Here are some photos of the students enjoying the incursion.
Mrs Cogger would like to thank Aaron and Dil from Robogals for providing this wonderful opportunity of learning, fun and collaboration.
This morning Mrs Cogger had the pleasure of taking four of our Year 6 students to Mazenod College to compete in the Synergy Solar Car Challenge. Synergy and STAWA (Science Teacher’s Association of WA) provided solar car kits to schools who had registered for the project and challenge. The kit included enough materials for the students to build solar cars. The students have conducted investigations with the solar cars such as
- Which wheels give the car it’s greatest speed over 20m?
- What panel angle generates the most energy?
At 9:30am the competition commenced. The students had 80 minutes to build a solar car from scratch and test it out. There was a ‘hum’ of enthusiastic and engaged Year 6 and 8 scientists at work in the hall at Mazenod College.
The goal of the competition was to race the car along a 20m track made out of corflute board. One student set their car at the start line and at the finish line another student had to ‘catch’ the car so that the car didn’t crash into the sand bags.
Mrs Cogger would like to add her own comments about the day. The students were a delight to take to the competition. They used their problem solving skills and faced all the challenges with a positive attitude. They were polite and extremely well -behaved. The students were happy to celebrate the success of the other competitors.
And to top it off we came 3rd. Congratulations to Josh D, Josh H, Loren and Joanna.
To view photos of the Synergy Solar Car Challenge click the link below.
Year 6B enjoyed an incursion today with Curtin Science Outreach.
To find out more click on this link.