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
2021 Lower Primary (Years F–3) Finalists
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.
Our Year 6 students recently enjoyed an incursion with Cecily from Australian Earth Science Education. The topic was ‘lava viscosity’.
The students were shown a presentation where Cecily shared her wealth of knowledge about volcanoes.
To conduct the investigation the students were put into their teams and given a clipboard and three different liquids to test. The students are familiar with ‘fair testing’ so they knew how to identify the different variables in this test.
The students put a blob of each liquid (tomato sauce, glue and honey) onto the clipboard, then elevated the clipboard to measure viscosity.
The students were easily able to identify the lava flows of a ‘shield volcano’ and a ‘stratovolcano’.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the activities that Cecily had prepared for us. Cecily is a regular visitor to St Emilie’s and Mrs Cogger highly values her expertise. Thanks Cecily and Australian Earth Science Education.
This week the Year 2 students went on a tour around the school to investigate the different ways we use water.
We use water for drinking and keeping ourselves hydrated.
We use water for playing at the water trolley and at the mud kitchen.
We use water for the veggie garden. And by the way the Year 3’s planted potatoes this week through the Seed Potatoes for Schools initiative.
We use water in our Science investigations. These next few weeks the children are making their grassy heads. This is a guided inquiry inspired activity with a focus on sustainability.
Congratulations to Alicia Chow and Aisha Dhillon who both won the Lower Primary category in the the ATOM Photography Competition this year.
The winners were acknowledged in a ‘virtual’ celebration. Click on this link to see Alicia and Aisha talking about their photo. Alicia speaks at about the 47 sec mark and Aisha at 1min 4 secs.
Congratulations again to Alicia and Aisha for representing St Emilie’s and doing so well int eh competition.
Mrs Cogger has created an Imovie showcasing some of the wonderful investigations that the students have enjoyed so far this year. And we are nearly finished…..
Celebrating Science 2020