What’s the Matter?

These are photos of the materials that we used today to investigate some of the properties of solids, liquids and gases. What can you see here? Click on each photo to zoom in on them.

What do you think that we did with them? Leave a comment to let us know if you have some ideas.

Year 5 Bathurst Excursion

The year 5 students and their teachers enjoyed a fun filled, three day excursion to Bathurst, where we had opportunities to learn about significant events, such as the gold rush in Australia, which helped develop and shape Australia over time. We were also able to engage in experiences which gave us insight into the daily life of gold miners and settlers during the nineteenth century.

The Year 5 Virtual Museum

Year 5 have been working very hard to research and prepare information related to the development of Australia throughout the 19th century. We have focused on the central idea that “History can be viewed from a variety of perspectives”. Please take the time to wander through our museum. It contains many rooms and artefacts all of which you can access via a mouse click. Click the image below then click the full screen icon to view our museum with ease. Signs and links are designed to help you navigate your way around the museum. Parents and other visitors, after your visit Year 5 would love to hear your feedback. Please leave us a comment on this blog and let us know which rooms you found the most interesting and where you learned the most.

Have you ever thought about who made your clothes?

Year 5 have been thinking about this question in our new Unit of Inquiry. We brought in a favourite piece of clothing and looked at the labelling. It tells us where it was made and what it is made from but not who made it. We saw a video that showed us that a lot of clothing in Australia is actually made overseas in countries like China, Cambodia and Bangladesh. We wonder why this is and if it is a problem. Are the people who make our clothes paid fairly? Do children make clothes in some countries? We are hoping to find out some answers to these questions. Here are some posters we have made to promote our question.

Year 5 Survivor

In our current Unit of Inquiry we are exploring the idea that “Living things adapt and change to survive”.

As scientists we proposed a hypothesis about plant survival and we have been making observations over a number of weeks.

These are the plants we have been observing. The one on the left is a succulent. The one on the right is a fern. They are outside our classroom, on a covered verandah. They have not received any water or food.

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Which plant is best adapted to survive in these conditions? What features do they that have to help them survive?

Let us know your predictions and we will let you know our results and conclusions.

“Those filled with life need not be afraid of tigers”

Year 5 have finished reading a wonderful book called ‘Dragonkeeper’ by Carole Wilkinson.

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It is the story of a slave girl called Ping and her journey with a dragon called Danzi. We have found it to be an entertaining book and one that has taught us some life lessons. Some of us have made posters about the lessons we have learned from Ping and Danzi.

The book is also full of wise and sometimes curious sayings from Danzi. The title of our post “Those filled with life need not be afraid of tigers” is one of these sayings.

Jaemi and Dakota think that it means : people who are living life confidently, proudly and happily are not to be fearful. Wise words indeed girls.

We have tried to figure out what other sayings from Danzi might mean. Here are our posters.

Mission Impossible

In this activity, we were involved in a number of problem solving tasks.

One of the most challenging tasks was trying to ‘transport’ our team of 17 girls across a ‘bottomless pit’ (imaginary) using 5 ‘floating stones’ (small mats). We had to think creatively as well as cooperatively.

Another challenging task was getting our team through a barrier in a very creative way. Many girls had good ideas and we realised that it was important that each girl’s ideas were heard. We realised that listening and then waiting our turn to contribute, were two very important skills which would help us to succeed in our challenge.

At the end of the activity, we reflected on what we had learned. We were asked to come up with a catchy ‘HEADLINE’ which would summarise something important that we had learned through these activities.

A few HEADLINES composed by some of the girls are shown below.

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Catch of the Day

Our fabulous Day 2 in pictures! And the concert is yet to come…

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Alice – I really felt happy that I was able to abseil down the 10m wall! I had previously done a 5m abseil but it was good to push myself even further.

IMG_2423Charlotte – The ‘Mission Impossible’ challenge clearly showed us all that working as a TEAM has many benefits. I learned that listening to everyone’s ideas and using the skills of everyone is very important.

Kayley – I have loved every activity that we have been involved in. I feel like I have really stepped outside my comfort zone! I loved the ‘Log Roll’. I kept trying to get to the end. I didn’t quite make it, but I didn’t give up trying.

Ashley F – I am really scared of heights but I challenged myself to complete the 10m abseiling challenge. It was scary but I felt great to have succeeded in my personal challenge.

Mia M – Abseiling down the 10m wall was a huge challenge for me. I found it quite scary to start upright however I didn’t want to give up. My leader suggested I wiggle over the edge and concentrate on  completing small bits of the challenge at a time. I succeeded! I made it to the bottom!

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Day 2 is underway

Everyone is well rested and ready for breakfast.
This is what the girls have to say about camp so far….
“The camp leaders are really nice.”
“We have done lots of fun activities on water and on land.”
“The food is nice and the beds are comfortable.”
“There are so many opportunities to challenge yourself.”
“There’s lots of space and a big lake – in fact it’s the biggest saltwater lake!”

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