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Prep – 2 Melbourne Zoo Excursion

Prep – 2 Melbourne Zoo Excursion

Two weeks ago on a bright Monday morning (10th of October) our Preps, Grade 1’s and Grade 2’s had a special excursion to the Melbourne Zoo as part of their Science Inquiry topic. The journey was an exciting one for our junior students who were able to travel by bus with their friends for one of the first excursions many of them have ever had. They saw the big cats, elephants, snow leopards, hippos, monkeys, butterflies, all sorts of sea life and of course lots of Australian animals such as kangaroos and koalas. They also had a unique opportunity to get a close up learning experience at the educational centre. Despite all of this for many of the students their favourite part of the day was when they got to eat their food and play with their friends in some of the beautiful green areas of the Melbourne Zoo.

For many students this day could be the highlight of their time at school.

We would like to say a big thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who assisted throughout the day and to the Prep to 2 teachers for helping to organise the day.

Here are a few pictures of our experiences at the Melbourne Zoo …..

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Year 5/6 Science Incursion

Year 5/6 Science Incursion

At the end of last term the Year 5 and 6 students were lucky enough to have visitors from Hand on Science to talk to us about electricity and light. These were two of the topics we learnt about during our term 1 Inquiry unit.

The students were able to participate in two separate sessions where in one session we learnt about electricity and the other we learnt about light.

During the electricity session we learnt how electricity works and how it can exist in different forms. During the light session we learnt about how light can travel through objects and how it reflects.

Overall, our science incursion was really educational but also a lot of fun.

Here are a few photos from our recent incursion.

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Help Save the Emperor Penguins

Help Save the Emperor Penguins

Aryana D in 2 Blue has been concerned with the Emperor Penguins.

The Emperor Penguin is the largest penguin in the world. Unfortunately, they are dying because they have nowhere to live as the polar ice caps are melting due to global warming.

One of the big ways that we can help stop global warming is by using recyclable materials instead of single use plastic. Another option is to reuse items more than once such as to using a refillable drink bottle instead of buying water from the store.

Aryana would like to remind us that we can help save the Emperor Penguins from climate change by thinking about using recyclable materials such as cardboard, cloth bags or even recyclable plastic before we use single use plastic as much as possible.

Here is a poster to help remind everyone about how we can help these beautiful creatures to survive on earth for many years to come.

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Chemistry Science in Year 6

Chemistry Science in Year 6

This term the year 6’s have been learning about chemistry science. In one of the most recent experiments we tested out how a tablet dissolved in different water of different temperatures. In this experiment we placed a tablet into glasses that had cold, room temperature and hot water.

We discovered that the fastest time for the tablet to fully dissolve was when it was placed in the hot water.

Here are some photos from our tablet experiment.

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5/6 Government Incursion Last week

5/6 Government Incursion Last week

The 5/6’s had a great time attending a Government Incursion held in our school last week. The students demonstrated that they knew quite a lot after being involved in learning all about the Australian Government throughout Term 1.
The 5/6’s were guided through a debate, similar to what could be seen in the Cabinet.

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Anzac Day Celebration

Anzac Day Celebration

Hi everyone.

This weekend we are celebrating Anzac Day (25 April). Anzac Day is a time when we take some time to remember the people who have served our country. Here is a slide show that we would like to take the time to explore with your family.

Happy Anzac Day everyone!

Topic Talks 4 Yellow

Topic Talks 4 Yellow

This year in year 4 we have been doing Topic Talks (a lot like show and tell). At the beginning of each term we are given a list of topics to prepare and research so we have enough information to tell the class about the topic. Some of the topics we have presented this term include researching and presenting a poem that we enjoy (limerick, haiku or Australian), researching an African country and telling the class about a time in our life where we were filled with multiple feelings.

I really enjoyed when we got to tell the class about an African country particularly when other students presented their African country research.

Overall, topic talks are really helpful for learning about different topics as well as learning to speak in front of an audience. I always look forward to seeing these what other students are going to talk about.

Here is a couple of our topic talk presentations about an African country …..

Countries Around The World

Countries Around The World

Currently in 6 Blue we have been learning about different countries from around the world. We have been doing this so we can get a better understanding of different cultures as well as what their climate, landscapes and food is like. For my project I chose Germany because that was where my Pop was born.  In addition we had a choice to pick any other country and I chose Germany because even though I knew a bit I really wanted to find out more.

Here is a few pictures of our draft and published copy of our writing.

  

5 Blue Geography

5 Blue Geography

This term in 5 Blue we are learning about other countries in our Inquiry topic where we are focussing on Geography. We are drawing maps of some different countries around our world using a group of key points which help us to remember what we need to include called BOLTSS (border, orientation, legend, scale and source). We are placing these maps into a slide show that we are creating about a chosen country in Europe.

These are some of our hand drawn maps.…..