Counting the sleeps until Christmas holidays…

Image from

http://blog.queensland.com/

“It is finally Summer in Australia Yay!”

Look out beach here we come,

soaked in sunscreen with our bathers on.

Only a few weeks until holidays,

no more school just relaxing days.

As the year draws to a close,

I sniff as tears run to meet my nose.

No more school, no work, no slog!

But, make sure you continue to follow our  blog!

A little poem by Mrs V to remind you of how fun learning can be!

 

The “Borough of Queenscliffe” has some exciting things in store for us…

Hey, did you realise Mr Ahearn and Mrs V disappeared the other day?

Well, the photos will tell you where they went. All we can say is start getting excited. Yes, very, very excited!

Here is a little sneek peek of one thing they got up too!

Can you guess where they went?

Why do you think they visited this special place in the”Borough of Queenscliffe?”

Which photograph is your favourite/Why?

Biological Science- making terrariums

 

 

Mr Long and Ms. Elmer go out with a BANG!

Last week Mr Long and Ms. Elmer worked together and we made terrariums in science.

We had lots of fun. We cut up plastic bottles and re-used them as the house for our plants.

Mr Long brought in one of his terrariums to show us. Ms. Elmer bought in a picture of a 40 year old terrarium that has only been watered once.

It was AMAZING!

We were very busy and had lots of fun too!

Thank you Mr Long and Ms. Elmer for taking such fun science lessons.

What did you find out during this science lesson?

Why is it important to modify and change things at times?

Where is your terrarium now and how is it going?

Why is it important to do science lessons?

More fun with science!

Welcome back to Term 4, our final term for the 2014 school year!

We are so very fortunate to have Mr Long and Ms. Elmer come into our classrooms and spend their final school placement with us before they Graduate as fully qualified classroom teachers in 2015.

What better way to start the term than continuing on from the joy and excitement that we were all involved in with Fiona last term when we celebrated Science Week.

Our experiments included-

1.  Discovering and finding out more about sinking, floating and modifying our design briefs so that we could improve our original designs. We all made tin foil boats and many of us had to change our   boats so they could hold more weight and not sink.

2.  Looking and a range of substances and using our senses (minus smell and taste) and working out whether the objects were classified as solids or liquids. It was pretty hard to try and work out what some of the substances were but we were not allowed to smell or taste in case they were poisonous.

Can you explain what science is?

What is something you have learnt doing these experiments?

What has been the most enjoyable experience you have had working in science classes this week?

What have you found the most challenging moment during science classes?

 

“Randal the budgie” and “Phillipa the parrot”

Three very happy students holding our very tame pet friends.

Three very happy students holding our very tame pet friends.

Towards the end of last term many of you met our new classroom additions, Randal and Phillipa.

These very quiet and friendly birds have come into our classroom and will, along with the lava lamps, be allocated to the special tables who follow our Tribes Agreements during the week.

Look out! The fun is about to begin…

Visit these links below to find out more about Randal and Phillipa’s families

http://www.rainbows.com.au

a-z-animals.com

Can you find out more information about these beautiful, unique Australian birds?

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Hey, guess what we have now?

If you leave messages on our class blog you could be the lucky weekly recipient of your own personal lava lamp at your work table for a whole week!

What you have to do to be eligible

1. Post Quality comments – (see in tab)

2.  Make sure you have correct spelling and punctuation.

3. Have you checked your grammar? Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?

4. Have you finished your post with a question?

 

 

Australian History story dating back over 50 000 years

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/index.cfm

On Friday we had two very clever men perform an act (role play) that described Australian History from the very beginning when the Indigenous people roamed the country.

The story included:

Captain James Cook, the First Fleet, voting rights, famous Australian sporting legends, women’s rights, Government structure and the many changes throughout time,  previous Prime Ministers, The Goldrush and the Eureka uprising  and much, much more.

EUREKA FLAG

Eureka Flag

http://www.ausflag.com.au/eu

Name something you learnt about Australian History.

Did you enjoy the performance? (why/ why not)

Although there was a comical side to this performance, what do you think was the purpose of a show such as this?

Science, experiments, learning and heaps of fun too!

 

 Last week, Fiona came and spent time showing us some crazy science experiments!

It was so fun!

Experiment number 1: What happens when you add heaps of salt and food dye to one container of water, a little bit of salt and food dye to another and just  food dye to plain water to the third container?

Experiment number 2: What happens when you add bicarb-soda and vinegar in different sized containers with food dye?

We think the following photographs will explain our discoveries…

science4kids.com.au

What did you enjoy the most during our “mini science”expo?

Can you explain what you learnt doing your experiment?

Why is it important that we learn about science in Primary School?

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

 Hi people of the world. I loved Narana, it was so fun! First we got to throw boomerangs. Mine didn’t go far at all, but Mr Ahearn’s throw, WOW! It went so far.

Then we did a nature walk. We got to eat pigface, which was a plant that hydrated you. Then we tried another plant that tasted like lettuce (I forget what it was called)

.Next our tour guide, Kirsten, showed us a really good shelter made of wood, leaves and sticks and met the resident emus. I saw Oliver sitting on the nest. He didn’t have his head up so he looked like a rock.

In the main room we looked at all the artefacts. There were all sorts of boomerangs and spears and all that cool stuff. Here comes the best part…….. Finally the cooked kangaroo was ready, and Yum, it was so good!

Then we looked at Aboriginal paintings in the gallery and the guide told us the moral of one painting which was , “share and don’t be greedy”.

We then looked at things in the shop such as different types of boomerangs and didgeridoos and I loved the double didgeridoo and the flash light boomerang. Lyndon showed us how to play the didgeridoo.

We then had lunch and sadly, it was time to go back to school. I really loved Narana.

From Archie

What did you enjoy the most at Narana?

Did you learn something new about the Indigenous culture?

How did Indigenous Australians survive before Europeans came to live in Australia?

Stay tuned more photographs on the way!

G.K.R. Karate

Hi ya it’s karate time! 

In 3/4 ab three of our students have been practicing their karate skills at G.K.R. Karate ,in the Ocean Grove Dojo. We learn many kicks, strikes, and blocks while having fun! If you’r  wondering G.K.R. stands for Go Kan Ryu. (it’s Japanese.) Here’s their website: www.gkrkarate.com

Have you ever done karate?

Would you ever join and why?

Lucy and Scarlett