Makey Makey – STEM

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been exploring with ‘Makey Makey’s’. They are great fun!

When we were first introduced to them we knew NOTHING about what they were or how they worked. Mrs Mahney didn’t give away too many clues. She gave us a range of bizzar ‘materials’ to play with.

We were encouraged to explore each of the different materials. This is what we have been up to!

Puffing Billy

On Friday 16th March, the entire school community heading into the Dandenongs to travel on the historic Puffing Billy.
Our class headed to Belgrave Station first. We waited for Puffing Billy… it soon arrived! The excitement set in.
We traveled towards Emerald Lake on the steamy Puffing Billy. Upon our arrival at Emerald Lake, we had our snack. As a class, we then explored the lake’s surroundings. We enjoyed the playground equipment and finished our lunch before it was time to head back to school.

What a great day had by all!

What was your favorite part of the day? Why?
What would you add/change about the day? Why?

Gold!

This term the Year 5/6 students will be learning about ‘Gold’.

Today we heard a rumour… that Gold had been found within our school. Witnesses disclosed that the gold nugget was found towards the 3/4 equipment. So we ventured out to see if we could ‘strike it rich!’.

We stumbled on lots of gold nuggets. Some bigger than others.

When we get back to our classroom we found out what gold was worth for the day – $42.48 per gram!!!

We then had to use a variety of scales to weight our gold nuggets and then calculate their worth.

Did you enjoy the activity? 

Did you find gold? How much was it worth?

District Athletics

On Thursday 7th September, a group of 54 Year 3-6’s competed in the annual Noble Park District Athletics Competition.

We competed in both Track and Field events. The competition was a challenge but most of the students placed in their events. Any student who came first or second in their event goes off to compete in the Divisions.

Thanks to our efforts, support, and good sportsmanship, our school came FIRST overall out of the 11 competing schools which has never happened before!

We are very proud of our achievements and look forward to the next round of competition.

Rugby Gala Day 2916

On Thursday 31st August, 62 of our Year 5/6 students competed in the annual Rugby League Gala Day at Westall Primary School.

When we arrived, each team (Girls Tag A, B & C teams and Boys Tackle A & B teams) and Boys got together and were trained by members of the Melbourne Storm before the competition began.

After the preliminary rounds, the two boys teams finished on top of the ladder and therefore played off in the Grand Final. After two hard fought games, the boy’s teams both were runners up.

The girls A tag team also finished on top of their pool. The girls B team finished second in their pool which meant these two teams had to play against each other for the right to play in the Grand Final. After a very even game, the A team won.  Then in the Grand Final, after another evenly played game, the girl’s team were runners up.

All the teams demonstrated sportsmanship and determination. They represented the school well! Congratulations!!!

We owe a big thank you to Mrs Crilly for organising training sessions, the teams and allowing us to go along to compete against other schools. Also, thanks to Mrs Medina, Mrs Anna, Mrs Kapsalis and Miss Carlson for coming along and supporting the teams.

We all had a great day!

Girls Tag A Team

Girls Tag B Team

Girls Tag C Team

Boys Tackle A Team

Boys Tackle B Team

Science – It’s Electrifying!

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been learning about Electricity – Circuits.

We were each given a Circuit Kit which consisted of a battery pack, switch, wires and light bulbs. We had to design and construct a functioning ‘Light/Lamp’. Here are a few of our finished ones!

We look forward to sharing all of them with you!

 

Monash Science Electricity Incursion

Today we were lucky to have Sally come in to begin our Science unit about ‘Electricity’. She managed to teach us as much she could about electricity in ONE hour!
Sally taught us about volts, batteries, voltage, currents, circuits, insulators and conductors. We were all given the opportunity to create our own circuits – a basic circuit, series circuit and parallel circuits!
We then got to add buzzers, fans and switches to our circuits.
Sally explained that some things can be insulators and others can be conductors of energy. We explored a number of materials and identified whether they were insulators and conductors. Did you know that potatoes, apples and lemons are conductors???
Lastly, we got to use a ‘device’ that enabled us to experience what it feels like to be electrocuted! Lots of us found it difficult to keep our fingers on the buttons for too long!
Have a look at the photos and let us know what you think.

What did you learn from Sally at our incursion?
Did you enjoy the experience? Why? Why not?

 

Lego Robots

Towards the end of Term 2, the Year 5/6’s constructed Robots.

In groups of 3, we followed the online instructions to create our robots. We each had roles to complete which we swapped throughout the process. We then took turns to create Cose for the Robots which allowed them to move, change colour, make sounds, etc.

We had a great time and look forward to completing the next challenge during Term 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you enjoy constructing your Robot?

Why did/didn’t you enjoy it?