In 5/6 level we have continued the Lego Engineering program this term as part of building STEM into our learning at Holy Trinity. Last week one of the projects we built was a rescue jeep. We learnt about how a winch is used to pull different vehicles out when they get stuck in mud, water or sand. As well of having fun we learnt how when the winch works by itself when we added a battery. When most of the groups completed their model they worked on trying to improve it by pulling a heavier load or making the winch work faster. Here are a few of the students in 5/6 D in action……
On the 9th August, 2018 the 5/6s were chosen to represent our school in Summer Sports Round Robin against other schools in Softball.
In our first game for the boys team the scores were 1-3 an we lost by two home runs. In our second game for the boys, the scores were 7-0 and we played a really good game winning by 7 runs. In the last game for the boys it was a really tough one because the scores were 1-13 and we lost by 12 home runs. So in total the boys team for softball won 1 and lost 2 games.
In the Girls team competition they won both of their games for this day. The first game they won 7-0 with 7 home runs more than the other team. In the second game the Girls team played they won by 5 with the scores 9-4.
We are lucky enough to play a second day of competition in a couple of weeks on Wednesday 29 August.
Last week the 5/6s were were lucky enough to have their first summer sports day. They had a choice to play tennis, softball, volleyball or cricket. I will be telling everyone about how we did at tennis.
In the first game the boys A team played against Sr Bernadette’s and we won 7 to 4. In the next the Boys A team went up against Wattleview and we lost 1 to 11. In the third match HT played against Knox Gardens and we defeated them 11 to 1.
In the boys B team games HT played against Wantirna South, they won against us 4 to 7. After that was HT vs Wattleview again, we lost 0 to 12. There was then HT vs Scoresby, and we won 10 to 2.
In the girls A team games HT lost their first game against Wattleview 0 to 12, won their second game against Scoresby 10 to 2 and their third game against Knox Gardens 10 to 2.
In the girl B games HT won their first game against Boronia 7 to 5. The other two games were against boys teams with one game against St. Bernadette’s boys which ended up 6 all but on a count back they won more points altogether meaning they won the match. In their last match they played Wantirna South Boys and lost 3 to 9. The girls B team will automatically play in a final in our next round.
Overall the 5/6s had a lot of fun participating in tennis summer sports.
On Monday the 13th of August, the Grade 3/4’s were lucky enough to have a Scientist from Melbourne University come and do some amazing science experiments with us.
Ms Pike spoke with us about the forces of gravity and then demonstrated those forces using an egg, toilet roll, carton and a cup of water! (All things you could find at home!).
She then told us about an experiment called “elephant’s toothpaste” where some students got to volunteer to help her mix yeast and water, as well as food colouring, dishwashing liquid and hydrogen peroxide into a bottle. The result was fantastic. Here it is in action!
Starting this Friday, the four Grade 3/4 classes will be participating in a Multiplication Challenge. Grades will compete against each other to find the best class at each times table. We will be starting with the 2 Times Tables this week. Please help your child to practice these tables at home, to develop their automatic recall of these number facts.
We look forward to announcing our winner at the end of the term!
Our Prep students are working hard on their touch typing skills using Typing Tournament. This program teaches the students to use all of their fingers (on both hands) when using the keyboard. I would encourage all students to try to log into this program at the following site ….. https://goo.gl/vsdhsY
Here is a few more of our Prep students in action …..
When I Am 100 ….. (Slide Show from last Wednesday)
Grade One and Two students have been investigating drawing insects and using water colour paint to colour them. They only received red, blue, yellow, purple, white and black paint and mixed and blended to create some beautiful colours and tints. What a creative and talented bunch 😃
In term 3 the Prep students are learning to log on using an individual username and password (instead of the generic one that they all used at the beginning of the year). This means that logging on takes a bit longer because each student is required to type in a few more letters but they can also get to use their own Google accounts a lot more.
One newer program that the Preps are beginning to use is called Typing Tournament which is an online program designed to develop touch typing skills. As part of this program the students complete a series of activities working towards completing a touch typing test. The program is very engaging and it tracks the students progress as their skills develop.
On Tuesday all of the 5/6 level watched the movie Apollo 13 as part of our Inquiry topic for this term where we are learning about space. During the movie we all had to take notes and afterwards we had a quiz to see how well we listened and understood what was happening. We all were shocked when it looked like the 3 astronauts were not going to make it back to Earth.
Everyone enjoyed the movie and I think we all learned a lot about space and particularly about how difficult it is to be an astronaut.
We have been adding to our fiction book collection so make sure you check out the new book display stands when you visit the library.
Included in our new books are several copies of The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths. We were lucky enough to have an autographed copy of this book donated to the library by Zach Davy from 5/6D. A big thank you goes to Zach! Will you be lucky enough to borrow this copy?
For Adrian Beck fans (there are many at HT and St Mary’s since his visit in July) look out for Speccy-Tacular AFL stories – short stories about footy by Adrian and other fabulous authors. We also have several new copies of Alien Zoo … Good as New! – the second Alien Zoo book. Don’t forget you can reserve a copy if they are all out on loan?