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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?

 

Healesville Sanctuary

On Monday 1st May, the 5/6 level traveled to Healesville Sanctuary to introduce this terms inquiry unit.

We were introduced to some of Australia’s most endangered species.
We got to have close-up encounters with some of them too!
One of the Sanctuary’s rangers told us what we can do it help endangered species.

Which was your favourite animal? Why?
What was something you learnt whilst at Healesville Sanctuary?
What are some of the things we can do to support endangered species?

Did you enjoy the day? Why? Why not?

Natural Disasters

This term, we have been learning about Natural Disasters.
We have all been busy putting together Google Slide presentations to represent some of our learning about our chosen type of disaster.

Some of the disasters we chose were volcanoes, tsunamis, floods, bush fires, cyclones, etc.

We had to find information about the follow…
– How the disaster occurs
– Where in the world the disaster is most likely to occur
– How long the disaster lasts
– The effects the disaster has on people and the environment
– Describe a well-known disaster
– Facts about the disaster

Here are a few of our presentations.

Monash Science Incursion – Electricity

This week, Sally from Monash Science visited the 5/6’s to teach us all she knew about Electricity.

We looked at Parallel and Series Circuits and experiments with items to find out which ones allowed electrical currents to pass through.

What did you learn?

What was your favourite part of the incursion?

It’s Electrifying – Book Lights!

This term we have been learning all about electrical circuits.

We were each given our own kit. We spent some time in class experimenting with the materials and then took them home to create our own book light. We were given the task to create a book light to link in with this years Book Week theme – Books light up our world.

We look forward to displaying out lights in the Library during Book Week.

Check out our hard work and let us know what you think.

Did you enjoy creating the Book Light? If so, why? Why not?

What was the hardest thing to do?

What would you do differently next time if you have the opportunity to do this activity again?