Earlier this year in Term One Mrs Cogger placed on the Purposeful Practice Grid a link to The ATOM photography competition with the theme of ‘turbulence’ for 2021. Several students entered and their photos are on display in Science.
Last week we were informed that Alicia and Emilia have been recognised as ‘finalists’ for their entries. We are very excited for the girls and congratulate them on their creativity on such a difficult theme.
You can view their entries using this link.
Emilia – A Clear View
Alicia – Brown Paper Bags; Colourful Stories and A Day at the Beach
Another focus for the National Science Week theme of Food Different by Design is looking at WA’s bush tucker. Mrs Cogger invited Natasha Bowden from SERCUL to present an incursion about the bush tucker found around the Canning River.
The students learned about the different plant and animal species appropriate to each Noongar Season.
The Noongar people used Banksia cones to transport fire as they moved on country.
Coastal Pigface was used to heal cuts and wounds.
The Noongar people used kangaroo poop as an adhesive when making tools.
Natasha interacted with each group to share her knowledge about the different plants. She is a welcome visitor to St Emilie’s. The students will use this new bush tucker knowledge to write captions to accompany the photos that they will be taking in our bushland for the Chevron Focus Environment photography competition. The students photos will been display at the Open Night.
This week the Year 5 students commenced a project for their Open Night display. It’s called a ‘farm in a glove’. This activity is linked to the National Science Week theme of Food different by Design. The students will observe how a seed sprouts and investigate the conditions necessary for germination to occur by planting five different seeds in a clear plastic glove.
The students had to carefully place 2 cotton balls in each finger of the glove.
The student labelled each finger before inserting their seeds.
Then the students used a pipette to dispense the same amount of water onto each cotton ball. We wanted to ensure that we are making this investigation a ‘fair test’.
The gloves will be on displaying MPR (Science) on Open Night. Come and visit to see if the seeds have germinate and whether the Year 5 students have provided the right conditions.
When you drop into MPR to view the children’s Science investigations make sure you stop and admire the hydroponics that the Year 6 students have been working on this term.
This is yet another focus on the National Science Week theme for 2021 of Food Different by Design. The students have been learning about how humans would survive on a mission to Mars. Most importantly how we would ‘feed’ ourselves.
Hydroponics systems on Mars is a possibility. Here are a few photos of the students setting up their systems.
Firstly the students had to thread a wick through, wash the soil from their lettuce seedling and then plant it in coconut coir.
Then the students came to Mrs Cogger to add the nutrient and water. Finally they secured a strip of foil around the container.
A small group of Year 6 students meet with Mrs Cogger each Friday and work independently of different challenging STEM activities.
This year the students have worked with partner to construct and test Rubber Band Racers. They had to construct 5 different models. On Open Night the students have on display their ‘dream model’. They were encouraged to use the materials in their kit to make ‘whatever’they liked.
Last week it was National Science Week with the theme of Food Different by Design. Each class has been focusing on learning and investigating different everyday foods. The Year 3 students investigated apples.
We commenced the lesson by learning about the story of the Little Red House.
Then each team of students were given an apple to investigate.
The students had many interesting words to describe their Pink Lady apples. From all accounts the apples were the best that they had ever tasted! Thanks to Gilberts in Southlands Shopping Centre!
Paper Bag kite investigation with Pre-Primary (Nature and development of Science ACSHE013)
In our PrePrimary Class Science Journal the students compiled a list of the things that we see moving around on a windy day.
The students then listened to the story – Curious George Flies a Kite. Each pair of children were given a small tray of materials to take outside to investigate which materials the wind will and will not move such as – paper cup, small and large balls, feather, piece of paper. Then we returned to class record our findings on a T chart in the Class Science Journal.
In the next lesson the students constructed a paper bag kite. They took the kite outside to test it out in the wind. Some of investigation questions were – which is best a long tail or short tail? Is it best to walk quickly or slowly?
To conclude the activity Mrs Cogger’s shared one of her favourite poems is ‘Wind on the hill’ by A A Milne. It was a great poem to share with the children this week about wind and kites.
No one can tell me,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.
It’s flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
Not if I ran.
But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.
And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.
So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes…
But where the wind comes from
Our students recently enjoyed an incursion with Cecily from Australian Earth Science Education. The role of AESE is to create, produce and deliver innovative, valuable earth sciences experiences to students and the community and to emphasise the importance of earth sciences in understanding contemporary issues.
Our incursion commenced with a study of a map of WA to identify the various minerals and rocks and determine their age.
Cecily showed the students how to use a hand lens to make observations.
Cecily introduced the activity. The students investigated the chemistry of soils, testing for lime to help out a farmer with their crop (via a simple test with vinegar). Ww found out that calcium carbonate (lime) is also in Caltrate. We tested a few drops of vinegar on a Caltrate tablet.
We investigated other rocks to see if the acid in the vinegar would make a change to the rock.
We concluded the investigation by sharing our findings for each of the three rocks. Mrs Cogger recorded the students responses in the Class Science Journal.
We would like to that Cecily for coming to St Emilie’s and sharing her geology knowledge with us. She triggered many new ideas and questions with the students.