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 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.
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 Friday, the lovely staff and amazing native animals from West Oz Wildlife came to visit our Kindy children. This incursion brought much enthusiasm, wonder and magical memories for us all.
The children had the opportunity to get up close and personal with all the wildlife, touch the animals and hold some of the reptiles.
We learnt all about the animals’ habitats, diets and behaviours. We even learnt what to do if we see a snake in the wild.
There has been lots of excitement in PP over the last few weeks! We have been busy with our 100 days of school, fathers day celebration and book week!
100 DAYS OF SCHOOL
A few weeks ago we celebrated our 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL! This was an exciting milestone for the PPs to reach, well done! 100 day of full time school! We were very surprised and impressed when our PP’s came into school looking 100 years old! Oh how they have aged this term! They all looked fantastic, well done and thank you parents for your support getting them ready!
We had a busy day filled with making 100 link chains, 100 movements, counting by 10s, writing to 100, racing to write our names as many times in 100 seconds, making 100 crowns, necklaces and bracelets, building towers of 100 cups, drawing ourselves as 100 year olds, writing about what we would do with $100 and so much more! After a fun filled morning we celebrated with our picnic morning tea with plates filled with different 100 selections of food! We finished our day by counting the different 100 collections that the children all brought in. We are experts at counting now! Have a go with us at home so we can show you our amazing counting skills.
Last week we had a very special morning with our mums, dads and bunnings! We brushed up on our woodwork skills and made some boxes for Dad’s fathers day surprise. We were blessed with such beautiful weather and really enjoyed the storytime and a big play outside. Thank you to all of the parents that came in for this morning. We hope you had as much fun as we did. We look forward to further celebrating fathers day with you some more this weekend!
Throughout the last few weeks we have been reading all of the nominated books on the book week shortlist. We have shared many giggles and enjoyed getting our way through these awesome new books. On Tuesday we watched the Bigger, Brighter, Better show and dressed up as our favourite book characters. Everyone looked fantastic! Thanks families for helping us get ready for this day, we loved seeing all of the creativity in their costumes!
We look forward to seeing what comes next in our PP term 3 adventure!
Bye for now!
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!
This week in maths we have been learning how to tesselate using shapes.
First we looked at tessellating patterns inside and outside our classroom.
Jaden – “The windows tesselate because they are rectangles and there are no gaps”
Gabriella – “The yellow carpet because it was tessellating and there were no gaps”
Fiona – “The number chart because the squares kept continuing”
Mckenzie – “The roof, there are lines everywhere”
After we searched for tessellating patterns we decided to make our own.
Noah – “First we had to use three corners of the post it note. Next we had to join corner 1 to corner 2 and corner 3.”
Yashua – “Next we had to cut out our pattern, trace and colour it in.
Rhian – “We had to remember to make the shapes fit and to make sure that there were no gaps”