January 23

A Trip To SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium

After learning about life under the waves and the impact our rubbish has on the ocean and sea life, our class went on an excursion to the Melbourne Aquarium where we go to interact with sea creatures and learn about how they adapt to their habitats. At the end of our visit we got to experience a 4D Ice Age cinema experience.

January 23

Under The Waves

We have been learning about life under the ocean. We enjoyed creating dioramas that showed the underwater habitat of a chosen sea creature.

January 23

P-2 Athletics Day

During the year we get to watch the Grades 3 to 6 athletics day but it is always great fun in fourth term when we get to have our own special athletics day. The activities are always simple and fun for everyone to join in. We had regular athletics events such as long jump, sprints, hurdles and relay races but also fun activities like egg and spoon race, sack race, skipping and block soccer.

October 20

STEM – Marshmallow Bridges

Our challenge was to work collaboratively in a small group to build a bridge to span a 10cm gap for 10 seconds without falling into ‘lava’. We could use toothpicks and mini marshmallows. We thought about what we had learned about structures from our spaghetti tower challenges and applied some of these ideas to our bridges.

If our bridge could hold for 10 seconds, it had to then pass a wind test. Ms Kelly blew on it three times. Firstly a light blow, next a medium blow and finally a strong blow. If our bridge passed that test it then had to the pass a load test with a pencil, a marker and finally a ruler. After each object was loaded onto the bridge, it had to hold for three seconds without touching the ‘lava’ below the gap.

We were very excited to test our bridges and were eager to go back and improve our designs. For most groups, our first bridge designs passed the 10 second and wind test but struggled with the load test. When we reflected on our designs and re-tested our new and improved marshmallow bridges, every bridge passed ALL tests.

 

October 20

Reflecting Light

We know light travels in a straight line but can light bend around corners?

Ms Kelly gave us a torch and some mirrors to investigate this question. We worked in groups and tried to reflect the torch light from one mirror to the next, ending back at the first mirror. It was tricky and you needed a steady hand but we worked together and got the torch light to bend as it reflected from one mirror to the next.

October 20

STEM – Improving Our Spaghetti Towers

When we first made our spaghetti towers in term three we found it was difficult for our towers to stand as they kept falling over.

We discussed why this might be so and realised that the tower needed a strong base to make it stable. We looked at how we could add to this base to get some height. Instead of  using playdoh to join the spaghetti, this time we used mini marshmallow which was much easier to work with.

It was still a tricky task but most groups problem solved to re-design and build a tower that could stand on its own. Have a look at our designs below.

October 20

Exploring Shadows

We discovered that our shadow is formed when the sun’s light hits us. The light cannot pass through our body and creates the shadow of our body. We traced around our shadows in the morning and discovered that they were long and all pointed in the one direction. At different times during the day we revisited our outlines and were amazed to find that they had changed each time. They became shorter and then started to get longer again but they also moved to face different directions. This was because the sun was moving across the sky because the earth was always turning.