Author Archives: Ward Carl

Renewable and Non Renewable Energy Sources

Renewable and Non Renewable Energy Sources

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As part of this Term’s topic (Full of Energy), students at the 3/4 level have been designing, rehearsing and delivering presentations about renewable and non renewable energy sources. The presentations were completed as part of a homework project which asked the students to research about their chosen energy source. They found out how their energy source worked, where it is found and any positives or negatives. The presentations were peer assessed using an assessment rubric agreed upon by the students.

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Insulation Experiments

Insulation Experiments

In previous lessons students learned about variables and how to conduct a fair test. Following on from this the students then designed their own insulated house. A warm cup of water was placed inside the house and the students had to accurately monitor the temperature and compare it to a control sample.

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The results of the different tests showed that the insulated houses retained their heat more effectively. Following the test the students had to discuss the real world implications for this experiment. This included the importance of insulation and keeping doors and windows closed so as to keep heat inside.

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Grade 3/4 Heat Experiments

Grade 3/4 Heat Experiments

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Grade 3/4 students have been exploring heat through a range of student designed experiments. A simple initial experiment saw them measure the changing temperature in a glass of warm and cold water. Using the same thermometer, type of cup and amount of water they discussed the only variable being the initial water temperature.

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Following this experiment students designed their own simple experiment. They could change only one variable. Experiments carried out changed the shape of the cup, placed a cup outside or put a cup inside a container of water. Students also learned to create a control sample as a means of comparison. Data was recorded and conclusions were formed.

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Term 2 Newsletter

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The Term 2 Newsletter can be viewed by clicking here.

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Grade 3/4 Camp 2017 – Camp Rumbug

Grade 3/4 Camp 2017 – Camp Rumbug

This year’s grade 3/4 camp took place at Camp Rumbug (near Foster North). Students were challenged by a wide variety of activities including abseiling, aeroball, flying fox, canoeing, raft building, orienteering, team challenge and a mud run. Students rose to the challenges and demonstrated the importance of the You Can Do It Keys (particularly the Term 2 focus – persistence). The school newsletter item (including photos) can be viewed by clicking here.

Lots of teamwork was required as well as hard work, a good example of this was the activity groups pulling together for the raft building.

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A major challenge was the abseiling with students needing to conquer the height of this obstacle as well as listening carefully to the instructions of the Camp Rumbug staff.

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It proved to be a very successful and enjoyable camp.

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Updated Camp Equipment List

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This amended equipment list was sent out today and can be viewed by clicking here.

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Final Camp Note

All the final information sent out about this year’s camp can be found in the following document or by clicking here. This includes the emergency contact details.

Final Camp Note

Further details, including the equipment list can be found further down this page.

 

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Life Education – Cyber Safety

Life Education – Cyber Safety

Grade 3/4 students visited the Life Education Bus this week to learn all about Cyber Safety. This included the following:

  • Safe and respectful behaviour online
  • Responsible behaviours when using communication technology
  • Strategies for keeping personal information safe online
  • Building positive relationships with online and offline friends

There was also a chance to meet Harold the Giraffe!

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Discussing responsible behaviours

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Considerations for strong passwords

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Question time with Harold

 

 

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First Aid Schools Program

First Aid Schools Program

Students throughout the school took part in First Aid Training as part of St John’s Ambulance First Aid Schools Program. Students at the 3/4 level took part in discussions including the importance of DRSABCD (Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, CPR and Defibrillation). They also practised putting somebody into the recovery position.

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Grade 3/4 – Angles

Grade 3/4 – Angles

Students at the 3/4 level have been working on lines and angles. As well as discussing, estimating and measuring acute, obtuse and right angles we also looked at how they are used in the real world. We made paper airplanes discussing each fold as we formed a range of right angles. We then tested our planes.

Folding a Right Angle

Folding a Right Angle

Making acute angles

Making acute angles

Testing the planes

Testing the planes

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