National eSmart Week

Week 8 this term was National eSmart Week. All the Year 4 to 6 classes participated in activities to reinforce their Cyber Safety messages from Term 1. The Year Fives watched a Behind the News episode about Digital Footprints and were quite shocked to learn how much information is stored online about each of us without us knowing. In Room 14 we also looked at Miss Gifford’s digital footprint. Looking at Miss Gifford’s google maps history we were able to act as detectives and figure out what Miss Gifford was doing one weekend, using the data that had been stored online.

With this understanding in mind, students were asked to think carefully about what information they should share online and with who. They completed an activity where they used a traffic light system to identify safe and unsafe online behaviours. They were then asked to explain their choices. Here are some of the samples from Room 14:

Please click here to view a handy video reminder about balancing time online as we approach the spring school holidays.

Assembly Item

Congratulations to all of our perfect performers from Room 14! It was great to see everyone showing off their acting skills, entertaining the school and preparing students for the important qualities required to successfully participate in sports. Everyone had a part and I am so proud of how hard everyone worked to make the performance such a success.

A big thank you to those of you who assisted with the costumes, props, practice at home and attendance at the assembly. I know everyone really appreciated your support, myself included.

If you were unable to make it, or would like to relive the experience, check out the video of our assembly item by clicking this link. If you get a restricted mode message, please click the title and view the video through YouTube. Please note that the YouTube video is unlisted and only accessible via a direct link.

Outdoor Classrom Day

To celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day today we investigated different states of matter outside using iPads and microscope attachments! The gallery below shows us exploring outside with our equipment.

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Take a look at the gallery below to gain a whole new perspective of every day things!

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We even took some videos of ants under the microscope – check it out below!

Scitech Excursion

Last week the Year 5s headed off to Scitech for the day. It was a fun day with lots of exploration and learning! First, we started in the Planetarium and learned about the solar system and the universe we are a part of. This was a great introduction to what we will be learning about next term in science where we will explore our solar system!

We then moved to an exciting show called ‘Things that Glow.’ It was very interesting to discuss the huge assortment of things we can access that gives us light. The students were extra impressed at Ultra Violet (UV) light and the effect it had on some of the clothes we were wearing (ask us about it!).

After this presentation, we had free time, exploring the range of exciting things Scitech has on offer.

For the final part of the day, we headed to the feature exhibition – ‘Who Dun It?’. Students were faced with a crime scene, set in a zoo, where a security guard had been shot and a prized white rhino had been stolen. We were then asked for our help to solve the crime. Armed with a crime file, students used forensic science evidence such as finger-printing, chromatography, autopsies, footprints and DNA samples to gather evidence and solve this mystery.

Check out the photos below to see how the day went!

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In maths this term we have been learning all about fractions! We have investigated equivalent and improper fractions and mixed numerals. We have also represented and compared fractions using diagrams and number lines. We are now working on converting improper fractions to mixed numerals and vice versa. Next we will be adding and subtracting fractions!

This week we used our class whiteboard tables in a fraction frenzy! We went back and forth from each table writing down as many improper fractions and mixed numerals as we could. Our fractions had to be different to what everyone else wrote and we only had four minutes to write down as many as we could. At the end of the frenzy, we reviewed all of our answers together.

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Make Their Day

Last week Mrs Z asked for our assistance in the art room to help pre-primary students work with clay. At Aubin Grove Primary School we utilise the FISH philosophy to build and nurture positive relationships and behaviours. The FISH philosophy consists of: be there, play, choose your attitude and make their day. Everyone really enjoyed the experience and it was a great reminder that by doing good deeds for others and not expecting anything in return we not only make others’ days, we also make our own day! Mrs Z and Miss Gifford were very impressed by how well students from Room 14 communicated, encouraged and were patient and kind towards younger students at our school who really look up to our older student leaders. Thank you Mrs Z for the fantastic opportunity and for taking the adorable photos featured below.

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Super Student Scientists!

In Room 14 we love science and have been investigating a number of interesting biological, physical and chemical sciences in class. Just last week Aubin Grove Primary School celebrate science week where the theme was “Future Earth”. Of the seven Year 5 students participating in the science fair, five of these were from Room 14! Congratulations to all of our participants, you should be very proud of your hard work and innovative ideas designed to save our planet.

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Term 1 – Animal and Plant Adaptations

Over many years living things have adapted to their environments in order to survive. Over Term 1 we investigated plants and animals who live underwater and how they survive in their unique environment. Our investigation included creating annotated images of different underwater animals, going underwater using virtual reality goggles, investigating different types of marine habitats and conducting an investigation into blubber and how it protects animals from extreme cold conditions.

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Term 2 – Light Rays

In Term 2 we investigated light and shadows. We learned about how light travels, created ray diagrams, investigated the reflection of light with mirrors, created light boxes and investigated how the distance from a light source to an object impacts the height of its shadow.

The pictured light boxes to the left were created using tissue boxes. In each box was a hidden small object. In small groups students had to figure out where would be the best position (along the side or back of the box) to cut a hole and provide a light source to uncover the hidden object.

Below you can view the set up for our investigation into how light travels and is reflected. For this investigation, Miss Gifford turned her desk into a dark room! In pairs, one student would reflect the torch’s light to direct the ray of light onto a hidden small object on the other side of the desk. The other partner would then be able to discover the tiny hidden object. You can view a short clip of our dark room by clicking here to see how we reflected light rays.

Term 3 – Solids, Liquids and Gases

This term we are investigating solids, liquids and gases. So far we have been exploring different types of solid, liquids and gases. We have been identifying examples of each and investigating the properties of each state of matter. In a few weeks time, we will be conducting an investigation. These results will be included in our progress folders for families to see!

Recently we investigated a number of different types of liquids. Some of the properties of liquids that we identified include:

  • They level out in a container;
  • you can pour them (some taking a longer time to pour than others);
  • most can splash;
  • they’re wet and some can be sticky;
  • they’re easy to break;
  • they can be thick or thin; and
  • they can be transparent, translucent or opaque.

Some photos of us identifying different types of liquids are featured below.

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Winter Solstice

Yesterday to celebrate Winter Solstice we came to school dressed in our pyjamas. We had a very comfy day at school, particularly when we were able to lie down on the floor and watch the movie “Inside Out” together.

In health this term we have learned about building resilience by discussing the difference between helpful and unhelpful thinking. We have also discussed how important it is to bounce back and embrace challenges.

As critical viewers, we took notes while we watched the movie. We are now in the process of writing a movie review based on all of our notes on the characters (the main character and all of the emotions), theme, music and setting. We first wrote a draft of our review and now we are creating our final digital copies. This week we have focused on editing our work and implementing peer and teacher feedback. It is important that we use feedback as a tool to improve and reach our learning goals.

Next week in health we will be looking at our emotions in more depth and creating our own “emotions thermometer” based on what we have seen and reviewed in the Inside Out movie! We will also be discussing how we can recognise these emotions and the different kinds of coping strategies we can use.

Hands on Learning in Maths

Recently we have been consolidating our learning by working together, playing games and using different manipulatives. Below we investigated unit fractions using counters and were able to find some patterns when we started ordering fractions. Ask us how to order the following unit fractions from smallest to largest:

1/5, 1/10, 1/4, 1/8, 1/3 and 1/2

Here are some photos of us doing our investigation (click to enlarge):

Last Friday, on the 31st of March, we had some students from Room 16 join us. In maths we worked on our spatial awareness using shapes and our communication by playing barrier games with partners. We found out that this is a lot harder than it looks!

Here are some photos of our creations (click to enlarge):

We have also recently been learning all about perimeter and area. Part of our learning in this area included being given a number of clues about the perimeter and area of three different rectangles. Solving the clues we created our own geometric art using the rectangles we had made. Take a look at some of our artwork below!

Finally, to review our knowledge on perimeter and area before we did an assessment on the subject, we ran a maths relay race! You can see some of the action below.

Digital Citizenship