In Term 3 we have spent a lot of time outside! It has been fun to take our investigations out of the classroom and incorporate some play into our learning. In Year 1 and 2 we have been focusing on a very important resource, water. We have looked at how rain falls on different surfaces, how it flows down hills in the water cycle and the journey it takes to our taps. The students have had a great time making observations and recording information.
In Year 3 and 4 we have been investigating the characteristics of soils and different techniques to separate the grains. The students were intrigued by their observations when they used a technique from traditional aboriginal culture, using a Yandy to separate the grains into size. The next week we used water and found similarities of how the soil settles in riverbeds. We have also walked around the school to find evidence of erosion and discussed possible solutions. The students were very eager to let everyone know not to walk on our eroding hills! It was so great to see them so engaged with the topic this term.
In Year 5 and 6 we have been using modelling clay to investigate how tectonic plates move and how this causes natural disasters. We have simulated an earthquake and recorded the intensity using our hand-made seismograph. We have researched into volcanoes and how they erupt and then built volcanoes in the sandpit to simulate the pressure of eruption. It is such a wonderful experience to watch them learning something new and really enjoying the process!
This term we have our Science Week coming up in Week 8. To celebrate all things Science, the Year 5 and 6 students will be presenting a Science Project at our Science Fair. All the classes will be visiting the presentations which will also be displayed in the evening for the Parent Open Night. All students will be having a look into the National Science Week theme, 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing over the coming weeks.
We have also organised a great incursion for that week about bush tucker and all the different ways these resources can be used. Each class will be involved in the sessions which is also great preparation for all the hard work going in to create the Bateman Bush Tucker Nature Reserve space. Over the course of the year, we will be getting involved in the process in our Science lessons.
I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone at the Open Night and to share the fantastic work the students have done this year!