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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Congratulations to the Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball and Boys Tennis teams for making it through to the Semi-Finals for Inter School Sport.
It was a tough morning. The Girls Basketball team and the Boys Tennis team tried their hardest to make it into the Finals but their competition was just that little stronger.
Whereas, the Boys Basketball team won their Semi-Final game and made it into the Grand Final. It was a tougher game than their first. They tried their best and worked well as a team but unfortunately, they didn’t win. They came runners up in the Noble Park District.
We would like to congratulate all students who made it to the semi-finals and finals! It was great to see you all work as a team, show great team spirit and sportsmanship!
Over the past few weeks, our school has been fortunate to have the Life Education Van visit.
The year 5/6 students participated in a one and half hour session with Pheobe. The program was called, ‘It’s Your Call’.
We learnt about decision making including consequences. We learnt that we need to consider all information to make an informed decision.
Pheobe then taught us about Drugs. She taught us that there are legal and illegal drugs and some that even fall into the two categories. We got into groups and discussed the negative and positive effects that some of these drugs have on different people’s bodies. We then classified a range of drugs into legal and illegal drugs.
Towards the end of our session, we got to meet the Life Education Van’s mascot, Harold the Giraffe. We loved his humour and a few of us even got to pet him.
What a great time had by all!
What did you learn? Which of the activities was your favourite? Why? Did you enjoy yourself? Why/Why not?