It certainly is “full steam ahead “ and despite the fast approaching term moving forward so quickly, the learning continues to the last day of school. With Year 6 Graduation rehearsals well underway, assessments and reporting to complete and Year 5s setting their sights on upcoming leadership positions for 2020 we are there to support our students to achieve their goals and have a positive mindset in all that they undertake.
During our Literature Circles sessions, students are making terrific progress in their roles to help the development of comprehension, independence and enjoyment of a text that is best suited to their reading ability. Teachers have been facilitators and observers in how group members are propelling the discussion forward through their sharing of roles being Summarizer, Investigator, Connector, Illustrator, Vocabulary Enricher and Discussion Director. It has been wonderful to see and hear the students gaining confidence in putting forth their ideas, opinions and reflections, knowing that their contribution are valued and supported by others.
In Science we have been performing some experiments observing some of the physical,chemical, reversible and irreversible changes that occur. Students are learning how to accurately write up a Science Report using the correct procedure of including an Aim, Materials, Hypothesis, Steps and Results. The challenge in these next few weeks will be to design their own experiment and predict the outcomes.
Here are some of the student’s most memorable experiments in class so far..
My favourite science experiment so far has been the gas balloon because the results were quite enjoyable and l also learnt some new stuff about science. It showed me that when you mix an acid, which was the vinegar, and a base, which was baking soda. It will create a chemical reaction. I learnt that it creates the gas, carbon dioxide. I also learnt that carbon dioxide is heavier than air and that the balloon will inflate because the gas has no where else to go.
My favourite experiment was the gas balloon. I like when the two chemicals reacted and made the balloon inflate.
My favourite science experiment that we've done has been the magic bottle because it was a really interesting experiment. We had to poke holes on the base of the bottle and then we filled it up with water. We then put the lid on to see what would happen. When the cap was on, it actually sucked up all the air in the bottle so then the water was forced to stay inside the bottle because of the surface tension layer. I realised my hypothesis was wrong which l was very confused about but then l realised that the science was correct and l thought wrong
My favourite science experiment has been The Lung Experiment because l enjoyed learning about air pressure and learning the technical terms of it such as the Diaphragm - The unsung hero of breathing using air pressure to suck and push air.
Esophagus - the pipe connected to the lungs (windpipe)
Lungs -muscles that hang and store air in spongy cavities
My favourite science experiment has been the gas balloon experiment. The reason that this was my favourite experiment is because we first listed the different gases like Hydrogen, Helium and Carbon. I like elements and stuff like that. The experiment intrigued me and made me want to learn how different chemicals react to each other.
My favourite science experiment has been the magic bottle, this experiment was where we filled up a bottle with water, poked holes through the base of the bottle and experimented to find out what would happen when we took the lid off and on. This was my favourite science experiment because l found it very interesting for find that my hypothesis was wrong, and the water didn't leak with the lid on. I was very confused to how this was happening, but then l found out that it was because the cap was on, it sucked up all the air in the bottle which caused the water to be forced to stay inside of it all because of the layer of surface tension.
During these experiments we have experienced some amazing outcomes and some not so amazing. So out of all of these the Lung Experiment was my favourite because l learnt the most from it and it was fun to experience. We learnt how our lung breaths and what actually powers it. Now that we have done an experiment like this l have high hopes for experiments in the future.
My favourite science experiment was the magic bottle because it was fun to write it, it was fun to see what happened when the surface tension stayed still and water didn't come out. How when we tried it, it failed and was funny to watch. It taught me all about the surface tension and air pressure.
My favourite science experiment has been the gas balloon experiment because it showed me how a solid (baking soda) and a liquid (vinegar) can change into a gas (CO 2)
In the lead up to Jesus’ birth, we are focusing on the Jesse Tree as a symbol of the Advent season. We have been listening to stories about Jesus’ ancestors in the Old Testament and learning about their symbols as we reflect on God’s plan to save the world through the Messiah. Reviewing the story of the Nativity will also be studied as it is written in the Bible ( gospels of Matthew and Luke) with discussions about how this relates to their interpretation of Christmas .
We hope your family’s upcoming preparation for Christmas is filled with a sense of hope and peace.
In writing sessions students have been expressing their thoughts and feelings in a unique way in the form of imaginative writing through the genre of Poetry. Some of the forms of poetry the children have practiced are Haiku, Shape, Cinquain, Song and Nonsense. Learning about the structure of each of these poems and language features have assisted students in writing their own independently or with a partner.