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Science Week

National Science Week was an amazing week for our students at Greenvale Primary School. Every classroom participated in a variety of activties related to Earth and Space Science, some students in F-6 entered in a Science competition and Fizzics Education ended the week with a bang!

Science Competition

Our Science competition saw over 100 entries from Foundation to Year 6. It was amazing to see so much effort placed into each piece of work and to know that so many of our families had lots of discussion about space and the moon. Entries were judged on the criteria for each year level and there were 5 winners from each category. Congratulations to every student who entered the competition.

Foundation

Astronauts

Students were to make their own astronaut using materials they had at home.

 

Year 1/2

Phases of the Moon

Students were to create a piece of artwork showing the phases of the moon.

 

Year 3/4

3D Moon Model

Students were to create a 3D model terrain of the moon incorporating and listing at least 5 main features.

 

Year 5/6

Moon Rover

Students were to make a moon rover that moved independently.

Students were to include their

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Term 3 Science News

Term 3 Science News

Sujata Symons

National Science Week this year is from August 10th – 18th. The school theme for 2019 National Science Week is ‘Destination Moon: more missions, more science’. The students in Year 3 to Year 6 will complete a unit of work related to Earth and Space Science during Term 3. This theme is a way for teachers and their students to discover past missions to the Moon and space programs that have solved some of the seemingly unsolvable problems—and current and future space programs, operations and missions.

 

To celebrate Science Week, all students in Year 3 to Year 6 will have the opportunity to attend a one hour in school workshop ‘Tick Tick BOOM! run by Fizzics Education.  This workshop will explore the science behind explosions and explain why chemical safety is so important.

 

There is also a Science Week competition for each level with students completing the task at home. The details are as follows:

Foundation – Astronauts

Students are to make their own astronaut using materials they have at home.

Students are to include their name and grade on their astronaut.

 

Year 1/2 – Phases of the Moon

Students

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Term 2 Science

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. They 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). The students also had the opportunity to independently investigate the life cycle of a chicken, kangaroo, shark or sunflower.

The Life Cycle of a Frog (Dumini 4MM)

 

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 students used Ozobots to simulate Rovers on the surface of Mars. They used visual coding to create a travel plan which incorporated sequencing, branching and looping. They had to include various challenges,

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Term 2 Science News

Science in term 2 will once again focus on Biological Science which is the study of living things. Students in Years 3/4 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.

 

Irem and Dilara (4WM) investigating living and nonliving specimens.

Mia and Caroline (4WM) sketching a scientific diagram of a Spiny Leaf Insect

Madison (4WM) completing her scientific diagram

Students in Years 5/6 will complete a Mission to Mars which will focus on adaptations and survival of living things. They will explore and investigate the possibility of colonising Mars in the future. The students will travel to Mars after making a soda straw rocket, build a lander and explore the landscape of Mars using Ozobots.

 

Michael and Angus (6VK)

Making soda straw rockets

Srimijun, Neth, Mehmed (5/6H) & Roxanne (6VK)

Testing their soda straw rockets

 

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Science News

Term 1 Science News

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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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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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

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