Me and My Shadow…

Part of the year 3/4 curriculum involves learning about the connection between the Sun, Moon and Earth and observing how these connections can be seen in our everyday lives. So far we have already been observing and recording the changes we see in the moon and looking at how our days, years and seasons are determined by the rotation and revolution of the Sun, Moon and Earth.

Today M10 were conducting experiments to see what happened to a shadow over the course of the day. We set up an experiment, measuring the shadow of a pop stick and every hour we recorded the changes in length and direction. Have a chat with your child to see how their group fared and what they discovered!

Here are some of our groups in action

Our Year in Review

To finish off our work on writing recounts for the year, the children have written reviews of what they liked about this year and what their wishes are for next year. They are a very honest account of their likes and dislikes and we hope you enjoy reading them and chatting more with your child about theirs. Continue reading

Miss Kylie’s visit

Miss Kylie visited us as a student teacher in week 8.

In her first lesson we did drawings of ourselves and the stuff we like to get to know more about each other.

She also did maths work with us and taught us heaps. She taught us strategies like chunking times tables and algorithm. She also listened to us read and if we got stuck she told us a strategy to use.

On her last day she taught us about the solar system. We did an activity when we all went out to the oval and we saw how far the planets were from the sun. We also learnt a great planet poem. Which is called “The Planet Roll Call” and it goes like this

Eight planets around the sun,
listen as I call each one.
Mercury? Here!  Number one
Closest planet to the sun.
Venus? Here! Number two,
shining bright, just like new!
Earth? Here! Number three ,
Earth is home to you and me.
Mars? Here! Number four,
red and ready to explore.
Jupiter? Here! Number five,
Largest planet, that’s no jive!
Saturn? Here! Number six,
With rings of dust and ice that mix.
Uranus? Here! Number seven,
A planet tilted high in heaven.
Neptune? Here! Number eight,
with one dark spot whose size is great.

(Poem by Ashton Scholastic)

Here we are on the oval with Miss Kylie working out how far apart all the planets are compared to each other.

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By Ned and Tanvita

Just how big are we?

sunmoonearthThis week in Science we have started looking at where exactly Earth is in terms of our galaxy. We have also been investigating just how big we are compared to the sun and the moon. We found this video had a really great explanation and clearly showed us exactly where we fit in the grand scheme of things. The children wanted to be able to share it with you all so here is the link to the video we were viewing.

The Earth Moon Sun System


We’re Growing!

IMG_5423This term we have been learning about the conditions needed for plants to grow well. We finished our learning on plants by attempting to germinate some seeds and grow them to the mature plant stage. Here are our thoughts on this growing experiment that we undertook.

“M10 have been growing plants for science and we want to share the experience with you. Firstly we drew a diagram of what we will be doing. So we drew a cup and the seed inside with tissue around it. Then days passed and we got the actual seed and every day we recorded what was happening to our seed. Everyone had fun and a great experience. Thanks for reading.” Codey

“First we got a plastic cup and then we put a tissue in the cup. Then we put the seed in the cup and then we put water in the cup. It was very  fun to do. I Liked watching the plants grow.” Ryan

“First you put two paper towels in the cup. Secondly you can add any kind of seed in the cup. Thirdly put the seed in the plastic cup. Fourthly leave the seed in the plastic cup. Fifthly put a little bit of water in the plastic cup. Sixthly make sure you put a little bit of water in the plastic cup everyday. Eighthly leave it to grow. I had a fun and a great time along the way.” Sara

“Recently in M10 we have been doing a very fun science experiment on growing beans. My plant is the control plant because it grew faster than everybody else’s plant. It was really fun growing plants and I think everybody else had fun. I learnt that some plants need a person to survive.” Seth

  • “First we put in paper towel in the cup.
  • Secondly we wet the paper towel
  • Thirdly we put in the seed.
  • Fourthly we had to let it settle for a few days.
  • Fifthly we had to record the plant.

I had a great time growing my plant.” Harrison.

“When I did a science experiment I learnt that the plants can reproduce and they can have seeds. The plants can have hairy roots too. They can move around when they get bigger. We got to take the plants home and water them and take care of them. I really really like the science experiment we did because we got to take them home.” Patrick

“In science we planted some seeds, we didn’t know what sort of  seeds they were. We worked out how seeds grow   and why did they grow. We had a lot of fun, my seed was up to 2 cm when I took it home and  then when I waited for 10 days and it grew up to 4 cm.” Hamed

“We were learning about seeds in science. This is what we used: Tissue paper, a plastic cup, sunlight, a seed and a marker or texta. This is how we did it: Firstly we each got a plastic cup and wrote our names on it. Then we got 2 tissue papers and we scrunched it and placed them in our plastic cups. Finally we placed the seeds in our plastic cups, gave it some water and placed it somewhere sunny. A few of them are growing heaps but some are getting there. We really enjoyed it and the best thing is we got to take them home and show our parents.” Tanvita

“When I took my plant home I started to water it and in a couple of days it started to grow some more.” Linda

“I had a great time growing our plants we had a lot of fun along the way. Here’s what we did

  • Firstly we put the paper towel in the cup.
  • Secondly we wet the paper towel.
  • Thirdly we put in the seeds.
  • Fourthly we had to let it settle for a few days.
  • Fifthly we had to record about the radicle.
  • Sixthly then we had to wait a few more days.
  • Seventhly then you had to record about the root hairs.
  • Eighthly we had to record more about our plants and water the plants.” Cooper