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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
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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.

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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.



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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!


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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.

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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.

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Cottage by the Sea Excursion

On Thursday 3rd December, the Year 2 students made the journey to Queenscliff to visit Cottage by the Sea and the Marine Discovery Centre. It turned out to be a magnificent sunny day. All of the students, teachers and parents enjoyed their time at Cottage by the Sea where the students were able to participate in the outdoor activities such as basketball, tennis, the playground and exploring the games in the activity hut. The students were able to see the indoor facilities and learnt about the children who were chosen to spend time at this wonderful camp. Everyone enjoyed their time at the beach.

At the Marine Discovery Centre, the students were able to explore the rock pool and handle many of the marine animals kept in the tank. They enjoyed exploring the different fresh and sea water animals in the aquarium.

It was a wonderful day had by all!


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Year 2 – Term 4 STEM Investigations

For the past 4 weeks, the Year 2 students have been undertaking STEM investigations each week.

What is STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Each task integrates these 4 areas of the curriculum.

Pre-Test: The students in Year 2 had to draw and list features for each of the 4 fields. They then had 2 presentations from each expert in their field. At the end of the unit of work, the students will revisit their initial drawings and vocabulary to see if their knowledge about each area had improved.

Science – Vanessa Reali (Scientist)


Technology – Meredith Martell (Library Technician)

Engineering – Grant Symons (Telecommunications Engineer)


Mathematics – Duncan Symons (University of Melbourne Lecturer in Mathematics and Science)


Investigation 1: Making an Action Toy

Students looked at samples of toys that moved due to a push or a pull. Students were allowed to use split pins, card and scrap materials to design and make an action toy. There had to be a labelled diagram included in the design brief and reasons as to why the materials were chosen. Students were able to identify the push and pull features in the toy.

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Investigation 2: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

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