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.
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!
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.
Just a reminder to all families, that our Year 6 Environmental Committee offer the following recycling services to our school community.
Greenbatch Foundation partners with schools allowing students to collect their old PET plastic bottles through recycling, providing PET which is used in research and development for 3D printer filament. By recycling through Greenbatch we can save plastic from entering landfills, oceans and waste incinerators.
As from Term 3, our green and purple Greenbatch bins will return to the undercover area on Wednesday mornings. You are very welcome and encouraged to bring in your HDPE 2 and PET 1 plastics. PET plastic is the type found in drink bottles and food packaging such as strawberry punnets or peanut butter jars, and has the number 1 inside the recycling symbol.
We will also continue to offer our battery collection. The yellow battery bin will be placed out in the undercover area on Wednesday morning along with the Greenbatch bins. Please bring along your unwanted batteries and place them in the bin. Once the bin is 3/4 full we contact the City of Gosnells and the batteries are taken away for recycling.
If you bring your batteries or plastics to school on any other day you will find yellow battery bin in the undercover area and the purple Greenbatch bins parked up by Learning Hub.
Thank you for your continuing support and to our students for their efforts at contributing towards the health of the planet by conducting these recycling projects.