Sea science night

On Tuesday night our friends from Barwon Coast came and taught us all about our local environment.

Brooke taught us all about the estuary and the plants and creatures that live there. We played a blindfold game where we had to identify some of the things that live in the estuary.

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We then went into th art room where Mark taught us all about some of the plants that live in the sea and river near Barwon Heads. We learnt about different types of algae (sea weeds), Kelp forests, Sea dragons and mangroves. We saw an underwater movie taken around the bluff!

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Finally we went to Mrs Jordan’s room where John Duthie taught us how to play Barwon bluff bingo! It was really fun! Some of the questions included ” it has a hard outer shell”

“Has only one opening that it uses for food and waste”

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What did you learn?

Welcome back to school!

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Welcome back to school for Term 4!

What a welcome it has been with such hot weather. Yesterday when we checked the temperature it was 33 degrees. Today it is going to be hot again.

We are looking forward to a great term and our new inquiry topic is Solids, Liquids and Gases. Yesterday we talked about what we already know about this topic and we talked about what we would like to find out. We looked at some science experiments on You Tube and came up with some good ideas. These posters give definitions of solids, liquid and gases.

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Here’s to a great term!

What are you looking forward to this term?

Art Walk

Today at Barwon Heads Primary School we had our annual “Art Walk”.

This is a special day when each class makes an Art work which reflects a particular genre of Art.

This year the theme was the Art of different cultures.

3A made art works based on “molas” which are a type of design that the Kuna people of Panama use to decorate their clothes and jewelery. We learnt that the Kuna people try to live a traditional life and that their country is located between North and South America.

Thank you to Mrs Peterson who went to a great deal of effort organising the day!

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Which grades art works did you like the most?

Day and Night

Yesterday we used spheres to model the Sun, Earth and Moon.

The Sun is the largest object in the solar system. It is gigantic compared with the Earth, which is larger than the moon.

We used our spheres to show how the Earth spins on its axis (once every 24 hours causing day and night) and orbits around the sun (taking a year to do so). When the Earth is not facing the sun it is night.

There are some great websites such as ABC splash and NASA which show the process clearly too.

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What have you learnt about Day and Night?

Wadda Wurrung

The Wudda Wurrung people have lived  and cared for the area we live in for hundreds of years.

We learnt a little about the evidence of the life they lead when we visited the Lobster Pot.

The wedge tail eagle is the totem of the Wadda Wurrong people, they call the eagle Bundjil.

 

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There are middens in the sand dunes of 13th beach. These middens look like piles of old shells and they are actually remnants of places where the Aboriginal people gathered to eat shellfish and other foods together.

Many of the Wudda Wurrang people lived in stone and timber houses that looked similar to this one.

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There are many words that we use today that are taken from the Wudda Wurrang language. For example, Geelong is taken from Djillong which means tongue or land of peninsula. Connewarre means black swan.

All of this information has come from a book called ” The Wadda Wurrung People. Did you know?” Which was designed and produced by Jo Whitehead. This book is in our class library and you are welcome to borrow it if you are interested in learning more about our local Aboriginal people.

Do you have any wonderings about the Wudda Wurrong people?

 

ANZAC Day

This week we have been learning about ANZAC day because it is 100 years since the first ANZACs landed at Gallipoli.

We remember the ANZACs because they were brave and they fought in the First World War to keep us safe. We appreciate what they did and thank many of them for sacrificing their lives.

Today Zoe brought in a special book titled “Galipoli” about two mates who went to Gallipoli. Their names were Bluey and Dusty and they “joined up” to begin an adventure. They met Simpson and his donkey (Duffy) and both spent time in hospital on an island called Lemnos.  It was a nice book to read because it told the story of Gallipoli from their point of view.

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Last year I visited the War Memorial in Canberra and took this photo of the wall which has the names of Australians who have lost their lives in wars.

We will never forget them.

What else do you know about ANZAC day?

Do you know of any family members (eg great grandfathers) who have been in wars?

Did you do anything to celebrate ANZAC day with your family on Saturday?

Growing things

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This term our inquiry topic is “Plants in action”

We have grown seeds in their own little hothouse (plastic bags)

We have also investigated a flower, we looked at the cross section of a flower and sketched the parts.

Yesterday we began revisiting our wonderings from the beginning of the term. Hazel’s wondering was “how long does it take to grow a mango?” we watched a short film to show how to grow a mango from a mango pip. We think that it takes 2-3 years for a mango tree to grow and produce fruit.

Earlier this week we planted seeds in soil. We chose from nasturtians, alfalfa, beans, mung beans and sprouts. They are growing quickly as you can see from the photos above.

What have you enjoyed most about our enquiry topic?