‘Fizzics’ Incursion

“POP!” High pitched screams exploded in the classroom as orange shards of balloon flew towards us. This was one of our favourite, intriguing experiments which we were able to observe. On the 16th of March we had a Fizzics incursion. This was a great opportunity to extend our knowledge about the properties of solids, liquids and gases. In particular, we really enjoyed learning about the properties of liquid nitrogen.

We found out many facts about nitrogen, like that 78% of the air we breathe is nitrogen. We also found out that nitrogen (N2) is colourless, odourless and a tasteless gas. Nitrogen is boiled at 196º celsius. Whilst having a great deal of fun, there were many lessons that we learned.

Our ‘science teacher’ Ben had fascinating demonstrations to share with us and taught us a lot. He poured liquid nitrogen into a cup and a cloud came out of the cup and then dropped downwards. We wondered why it dropped down and didn’t rise. We learned that the nitrogen condensed, (the molecules clumped together), got heavier and therefore dropped downwards.


Ben then put the liquid nitrogen into a tin and then put the lid on. The lid popped off with great force. We learned that when gas is heated, it expands. The gas molecules in the tin warmed up quickly causing the nitrogen gas to expand rapidly. The pressure in the tin then built up causing the lid to pop off.

One of the demonstrations which we really enjoyed was when Ben put liquid nitrogen into a bottle. He placed a lid on the bottle but the lid had 2 plastic straw ‘vents’.  He then placed the bottle into a cup, half filled with water. The bottle spun around rapidly, letting out cold nitrogen gas from the straws like a sprinkler. We learned that water transfers heat, so when the bottle of nitrogen was placed into the water, the gas in the bottle quickly heated up. The gas then expanded rapidly, building up a huge amount of pressure in the bottle.The gas needed to escape. It escaped through the two straws which were placed opposite each other, out of the top of the lid of the bottle. When the gas poured out of the two straws, it caused the bottle to spin around. Ben told us that this was an example of Newton’s Third Law of Motion which states that, ‘For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction’,

Even though there were many explosions and squeals of delight (or fright) during the incursion, all of us will now not forget Newton’s third law of motion.  ‘For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.’

By Eva, Eleanor and Cordelia

Writing in Year 5

“Yes,” the Year 5 girls chorused, “it’s writing time”! We all grabbed our writing books. We couldn’t wait. All that could be seen was the top of our heads as we vigorously began planning to write. The room was filled with excitement and all that could be heard, was the scratching of pens, madly writing. Minds were engulfed with creativity and hands were frantically scribbling down ideas. Smiles faded when we were told that the lesson had finished. Will we have time to engage in writing again tomorrow?

We are learning how to compose engaging pieces of imaginative writing. The first two areas we focused on were creating ‘sizzling starts’ and ‘tightening the tension’ in narratives. Some techniques we learned to use to create a ‘hook’ (sizzling start), was to start with the climax of our story (action), ask a rhetorical question, open with dialogue, use onomatopoeia or begin with a description of the setting or character.

We learned about the importance of ‘tightening tension’ using ‘pebbles’ (small problems), ‘rocks’ (medium problems) and ‘boulders’ (main problems). Here, we learned that using our five senses to infuse our writing with descriptive and figurative language, was very important. We have also learned to ‘show not tell’ and always to write to the best of our abilities. We have been enthusiastic, confident and creative writers who have all really enjoyed writing. Whenever our teachers mention writing, everyone squeals with delight.

Written by Isabelle G, Ines, Gabby, Grace Bo and Mia

We invite you to share some of our writing below

Sizzling starts   

Athletics Competition Day by Sophie H

The day is here and I am ready to run. My heart is beating with excitement. I grab my bag and run down the stairs until SNAPOuch My foot is pumping in pain.                                                   

 “Mum, help!” I think my day is ruined.


Tightening Tension

Terror of the Sea by Helena G

I watch my dying home shudder, as another wave surges over the roof. Yet another wave crashes into the the side of our house and takes my waterlogged bedsheets, now drenched in sewerage, with it. The angry blue monster gathers his strength again as he pulls back.

“More is to come,” the ocean seems to say.

My family and I struggle to escape as wave after wave crashes, getting larger and larger every second. I hear the shatter of glass and imagine photos slipping out of their frames, surrendering to the storm. I can’t watch anymore. I feel myself slipping, slowly fading as another wave washes over me. All is lost.

Author Laura Sieveking inspires Year 5 Students

Year 5 students were delighted to have a visit from Laura Sieveking today. We learned about what inspires Laura to write and how we can incorporate our day to day experiences into our writing to make it more authentic. Laura reminded us to be sure to ‘show and not just tell’, when we write.

We learned that Laura went to a local school and this encourages us to realise that we too can aspire to be great authors one day, should we wish to.

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.

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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Reflecting on Camp

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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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Year 5 Dives into Action!

Student reporters :Tara, Charlize, Sienna F, Amelie, Ashley F, Imogen, Mia, Tilly, Lara, Dakota, Ashley, Grace and Kayley

I was waiting nervously in line. Looking at the rippling water made me want to get into the pool even more. Finally, it was my turn.

“Ready, set, go!” As my hands slipped into the cool water, the pressure began to press down on me. Finally, I resurfaced, gasping for breath. I could see the other competitors splashing around in the lanes next to me, like a speeding water cloud chasing me.  Screaming echoed through my ears. I was winning! They were chanting for me! My legs were getting stiff and my arms felt numb. I didn’t think I could finish. Before I could take a breath, the glorious wall came into sight. My hands slammed against the wall and I knew I had raced well. A sigh of relief went through my body.

The swimming heats were intense and exciting at the same time, with all of the girls doing their best and swimming sensationally.

How do you feel when you have finished a race?

Global Read Aloud 2015

We are all extremely excited to be participating in the Global Read Aloud challenge. The book which our classes, together with students around the world will be reading, is ‘Fish’ by L.S. Matthews.

Before beginning to read the book, we were given some thought provoking questions to reflect on and respond to. (We plan to revisit the same questions again after we have finished reading the book to see whether our thinking has changed in any way.)IMG_1834

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Smarties Probability Investigation


Year 5 had fun exploring probability using smarties! Our reward was that we got to enjoy the box of smarties afterwards.

We investigated what the probability was of selecting a particular colour over another. We also looked at how the reliability of determining probability can be improved, when we use larger samples for our investigations.

We learned that probability can be shown on a number line from 0 – 1 and it can be expressed as fractions or percentages. We had a great deal of fun using our data to create both pie charts and column graphs. We analysed the data given to us by each graph.

We decided that column graphs were very useful for showing clearly which colour smarties were more plentiful and which were less plentiful in our boxes. Pie charts were useful because they gave us what percentage of the whole box each colour represented. This clearly showed us the probability, in the form of percentages, of us selecting that colour randomly from the box. One girl’s box had 14/56 purple smarties. This meant that she had a one in four chance – (¼ ) of randomly selecting a purple smartie, because 14/56 is the same as ¼ of the box. This showed up as 25% on the pie chart.

We found google spreadsheets and excel extremely useful when we were conducting our investigations. The graphs were easy to create and the visual nature of the data presented, allowed us to easily analyse the data.

We have shared our learning below.