Another great day in Bathurst has just wrapped up.
After a tasty hot breakfast we first visited the Goldfields Museum. We listened carefully to our guide Barry as he told us about the way mines were dug and what was done to help make them safer. Did you know that horses and rats helped miners to know when the roof of a mine was about to collapse? We then heard more about the many different ways to mine. It was great to see some models of the equipment as well. It was then time to head outside. We visited the blacksmiths shop where we saw a fire poker being made. Other highlights were the working whim, stamper battery and the exhibit showing what life was like on the goldfields for the Chinese. It was then time to pan for gold. I am pleased to report that many young miners struck the jackpot and found gold. However, many many more days of panning will be required to save enough money to buy even the cheapest item from the local shop. Despite that there were many smiling faces.
After lunch we experienced what it was like to live in the goldfields. The girls made mud bricks and damper, put up olden day tents and played games like quoits using horse shoes.
It was then off to the Sheep and Cattle Drome for a fun and interesting show. The hayride was super fun and we all enjoyed the visit to the animal nursery.
It was back to our accommodation for dinner then free time. It’s now lights out so time for bed. One super day to go!
Wow, what a great first day of our Bathurst trip. We left on time at 7am with a coach full of very excited girls. First stop was Echo Point in Katoomba. We were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a very pleasant 24 degrees and bright sunshine. The Three Sisters looked magnificent and were certainly appreciated by the girls.
We then made the short trip around to the Scenic Railway, the worlds steepest railway. The girls were very obedient and screamed as loud as they could all the way down. I am sure you heard them! After a short walk around the Jamison Valley we headed off to our next destination.
We arrived at Jenolan Caves and enjoyed our home packed lunches before undertaking a tour if the Lucas Cave. There were many oooohs and aaahs and heaps of photos taken. They were certainly magnificent.
Our final leg for the day took us to our accommodation in the Bathurst Goldfields. We were all really impressed with our rooms. After a tasty dinner we were treated to some colonial
music by the talented Jason.
It was time for bed and rest ready to take in all the Goldfields have to offer in the morning.
As a part of our French studies Madame L kindly organised for our class to enjoy four delicious French treats. We drew them and learned to describe their ingredients in French. OF course the best part was the tasting. It was a great lesson.
This term in our Unit Of Inquiry, we have been looking at what events and people have shaped Australia as we know it today.
We first considered what it means to have an Australian identity. Our teachers assigned us a significant date in Australian history that has impacted on the way we live today. Some of these dates included: 1851, 1854, 1895, 1901, 1932. You might like to research what happened on these dates and why they are important.
After that we interviewed our parents and grandparents to find out about our own family history and how our relatives and the decisions they made, impacted on our own lives. Once we had gathered our information, we collated it to find more about our own classes identity. We realised that we are multi- cultural, unique, free, safe and have rights to name a few.
Since writing our initial thoughts about what Australian Identity is we have, deepened our understanding of our own identity.
We look forward to continuing our investigations.
Year 5 and 6 started Term 4 off with two wonderful days of scientific investigations. Over the holidays the girls conducted some research and chose an investigation they were interested in. They
* identified the problem
* conducted some research on it
* formed a hypothesis
* developed a procedure to test their hypothesis
* analysed their data
and are currently drawing their conclusions.
A wide range of investigations were undertaken including: whether music enhances memory, how smell impact on taste, how well do Alka-Seltzer tablets dissolve in different liquids, does the size of a lemon or lime impact on how sour it is and much more.
It was a wonderful two days and it was fantastic to see the way in which the girl were thoroughly engage in their scientific inquiries.
Over the last few weeks, Year 5 as part of their Unit of Inquiry, has been investigating how to make recycled paper. The girls had to firstly research the many different ways of making recycled paper. Having done this they had to decide upon the method they wished to use. After collecting the required materials and making their deckle (frame) they were ready to go.
The girls were required to utilise the design and make process. Subsequent to their first trial, the girls had to analyse their progress and consider what elements they needed to redesign.
The girls will continue with their inquiries for the rest of this term. They aim to use the recycled paper to make cards and bookmarks which they hope to sell to the Junior school to raise money to donate to a charity.
Last week the girls in Year 5 had a lot of fun writing their own poem based an idea from Sally Odgers. Each girl was given a flower and then asked a series of questions relating to it. For example: What is its colour? What is something else that is a similar in colour? What does it look like? What is something else that looks like this? They then took a selection of these words and turned them into short phrases. The next step in the process was to place them in an appropriate order so that their poem would flow smoothly together. The girls should be very proud of their efforts. Below are just a few examples.
This Saturday two teams of Year 5 students will spend their day competing in The Young ICT Explorers Competition.
This competition had been running in Queensland for the past few years and it started in NSW last year. It is open to primary students who can create anything they liked to display an understanding of ICT. Previous winners have included movies, claymation movies, robotics, games created in Scratch, games created in Gamemaker and other web based displays of learning such as blogs.
This year we opened the competition up to anyone who was interested. They formed their own teams and we gave them the competition guidelines. After that we pretty much left them to it, many groups have worked at home, on the weekends and at lunchtime to finish not only their projects but the all important report. Since no entry could be put in for judging without a comprehensive report.The girls have also been working every lunchtime to create posters and other items for their display stand.
Good luck to our teams from year 5 who are:
Jemma, Lara, Holly and Lillian who have developed a website dedicated to protecting our environment. It is called “Stop Plastic Bags Now.”
They would love you to visit their site and leave a comment.
Mari and Isabella who have created an app entitled ‘The Cupcake Scale’which enable easy calorie counting.
Whether we have any winners this year remains to be seen, whatever happens though we can be proud of the efforts the girls put in. The way they worked together and the way they stepped up to the challenge of The Young ICT Explorers competition.