Archive by Author

Term 1 Science News – Mrs Symons

Welcome to Science at Greenvale Primary School for 2019.

Once again, I am very excited to be undertaking the Science Specialist role this year and I look forward to working with all of the students in Years 3-6. I will be working in the SCART room (room 35) from Monday – Wednesday. Each class will have Science in either Term 1 or Term 2 of the first semester.

Our Semester One focus is Biological Science which is understanding the study of living things.

Our topics for Semester One focus on:

Year 3/4 – Living Things

The students will explore living and nonliving things and the life cycles of plants and animals. There is also an environmental focus investigation on how to improve biodiversity within our school grounds.

Year 5/6 – Mission to Mars

The students will learn about the survival and adaptations of living things. They will explore and investigate the possibility of colonising Mars in the future. The students will design an organism capable of living on Mars.

Xoe, Cedar and Liam from 3DW investigating living and nonliving specimens.

Jordan S (3DW)

A scientific diagram of a living thing

Ayman, Lincoln, Omer and Cristian (6RR)

Making soda straw rockets

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

National Science Week

National Science Week this year was held from Monday 13th to Friday 17th August.  The school theme for 2018 National Science Week, ‘Game Changers and Change Makers’, was focussed on the scientists, engineers, technologists, mathematicians, designers and innovators of the past and present.  There was also a focus on The International Year of the Reef.

All students from Foundation to Year 6 completed various classroom activities with their teachers. Here are some of the capillary action experiments completed by the students in Year 2.

Big Science Big Fun Science Show

Students in Year 3 to Year 6 concluded the week with a one hour in school workshop ‘Big Science Big Fun’ run by Fizzics Education on Friday 17th August.  Ben and Sam did a wonderful job keeping the students engaged and they explored Physical and Chemical Science concepts through an array of experiments and detailed explanations. The students were able to hypothesise, witness the effect a variable has on an experiment and observe what happened during the various scientific demonstrations.

The students saw the following demonstrations take place and included a balloon experiment, fog rings, gyroscope, the chair of nails, light, sound, static electricity, liquid nitrogen, combustion and flying

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Term 3 Science

During Term 3, the Year 3-6 students are learning about Chemical Science.

Year 3/4 Experiments

The Year 3/4 students have a focus on dissolving and melting. The students have undertaken a variety of experiments focusing on dissolving which allows a solid to become incorporated into a liquid, creating a solution. The students have also observed how heat causes solids to melt and change states into a liquid. They observed how the melted substance can then cool and return to a solid state.

  • Epsom Salt Crystals
  • Dissolving sugar
  • Colourful Ice
  • Dissolving solutes in different solvents
  • Melting

Year 5/6 Experiments

The Year 5/6 students are focusing on physical and chemical changes. The students have learnt how a physical change can be reversed, for example, water can change its state from a liquid (water) – solid (ice) – gas (water vapour) and all of these changes can be reversed. They also explored chemical reactions in a variety of experiments. The students were able to see some of the irreversible changes that occur during a chemical change, for example, a colour change, odour, bubbles/fizz (gas), the formation of a solid or a newly formed substance.

  • Physical Changes using common substances
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Exploding sandwich
Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Term 2 Science News

This term, the students in Years 3-6 are continuing their learning about Physical Sciences.

Year 5/6 – Electricity Unit

We have worked on making circuits using the Makey Makey kits. The Makey Makey kits allowed the students to demonstrate how to open and close circuits using various conductive objects connected to alligator clips. When the circuit is closed, the signals are then sent to the computer as commands like a button on a keyboard.

The students were able to use Playdoh and bananas to replace their keyboards to operate online bongos, a piano keyboard and various games.

Education Week  May 20th-26th

During Education Week, our school had the opportunity to display our student’s work at Gladstone Park Shopping Centre. Science was represented by the work completed by year 5/6 students in term 1, showcasing our paperclip and pressure switches and some of our completed torches.

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Term 1 Science

It’s been a busy term in the Science room with lots of investigations on force and electricity. The Year 3/4 students completed a number or experiments on force, gravity and magnetism using the Predict, Observe, Explain method to record their results.

The Year 5/6 students made their own circuits with switches and made a useable, portable torch with a switch.



Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Welcome to Science at Greenvale Primary School!

Hello, my name is Sujata Symons and I am very excited to be the first Science Specialist teacher at Greenvale Primary School in 2018! The students in years 3-6 have been very eager and enthusiastic to begin the Science program this semester.

Years 3/4 are focusing on Physical Science and are learning about Forces.

Years 5/6 are focusing on Physical Science and are learning about Electricity.

Our new Science room has lots of interesting areas for the students to explore, including a Discovery Table filled with amazing artifacts of non-living items to spark student interest and curiosity.

We also have three living additions in the classroom – Pedro the Siamese Fighting Fish and two Spiny Leaf Insects named Clive and Crunchie.

Stay tuned for more updates about the Super Science Program running this year!


Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Year 2 Harmony Day Celebrations and Kindness Week

The Year 2 Students have ended their first term of 2016 with a terrific activity based on being kind to one another. Each student had a paper plate with their name on it and all other classmates were asked to write something kind about their peers without them knowing. The students enjoyed this activity and reading all of the kind things that were said about them!

Here is 2SM busy at work being kind.

IMG_4339 IMG_4340 IMG_4341 IMG_4342 IMG_4343 IMG_4344 IMG_4346 IMG_4347 IMG_4348 IMG_4349 IMG_4350 IMG_4352 IMG_4354 IMG_4355 IMG_4357 IMG_4358 IMG_4360


Harmony Day Picnic

To celebrate Harmony Day, the students in Year 2 joined the whole school with a picnic lunch. It was great to see a sea of orange celebrating cultural diversity, inclusion and a sense of belonging at our school.

Here are the Year 2 Students and Teachers enjoying their picnic together.

IMG_4361 IMG_4362 IMG_4363 IMG_4364 IMG_4365 IMG_4366 IMG_4367 IMG_4368

Leave a comment Continue Reading →