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Sujata Symons

Year 3/4 Living and Non Living Things

The students in Years 3 and 4 have continued to work on defining living and non-living things. They have been exploring the life stages of humans and life cycles of plants and animals. We have worked on the life cycles of tomato plants, frogs and butterflies with an emphasis on how particular animals undergo metamorphosis (the transformation or change an organism undergoes).

Sequencing the Life Cycle of a Tomato Plant (Sera 4AU)

 

The Life Cycle of a Tomato Plant by Cedar 3DW

Year 5/6 Mission to Mars

After taking off from Earth in our rockets, the students investigated some of the challenges humans would face if they were to colonise Mars. They also undertook a design challenge in small groups to make a Lander using limited materials. They tested their landers from a height of one metre to see if their ‘astronauts’ landed safely or not. With their astronauts now on Mars, the last two weeks, have seen the students use Ozobots to simulate Rovers on the surface of Mars. The students used visual coding to create a travel plan which incorporated sequencing, branching and looping.

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Useful Italian words

Common Word List

Ciao a tutti, (Hello everyone),

I have attached a copy of useful Italian words and phrases that you can revise with your children at home.  We have spent the last week having fun and learning to play Italian games.  The Foundation students have been learning a song about body parts, the year 1 and 2 students are performing a short puppet show to their peers, the year 3 and 4 students have learnt how to play Tombola (Bingo) and the year 5 and 6 students have learnt how to play a board game.  Pictures below.

Buona giornata! (Have a good day!)

Signora Eleonora Schembri and Signorina Erin Ranieri

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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

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Safer Internet Day

As part of Safer Internet Day the students in years 4, 5 and 6 took part in an eSafety webinar which focused on helping the children to understand the four Superpowers:

Respect – I will treat myself and others the way I like to be treated

Responsibility – I am accountable for my actions

Reasoning – I question what is real

Resilience – I get back up from tough situations

The students were given the opportunity to identify these Superpowers in different scenarios to develop a better understanding of their how they can be applied to real life.

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Year 4 Camp – Day 3

Our final day at camp included more exciting challenges. Students had one last rotation before lunch and then it was time to head home. Some campers were a little worn out and took the opportunity to have a nap on the bus, while others enjoyed their last chance to share their favourite moments of the camp. Our worn-out adventurers were eager to return to the comforts of home, taking lasting memories with them.

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Year 4 Camp – Day 2 Update

Day 2 at camp was yet another glorious day. In the beautiful sunshine, we faced our fears, collaborated in teams, climbed hills and walls, galloped on mighty steeds, admired the stars and viewed the hills in the moonlight. We chatted together, offered support and cheered each other on. Students demonstrated independence, resilience, kindness, compassion and friendship! What a wonderful journey we have been on. What’s instore for day 3, I wonder…

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Year 4 Camp – Safe Arival

Year 4 students arrived safely at the Ace-Hi ranch yesterday and haven’t stopped since. They have been climbing, laughing, riding, scaling, swinging and having a great time! The students are settling down for a hearty breakfast ready for the big day ahead….stay tuned!

 

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