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December 7, 2014
by Mrs F
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12 Apostle Erosion

Apparently it was the best science lesson ever! (Overheard at the end of the class.) The Year 4 students finished off their science unit ‘Beneath our feet’ with a creative session to model the erosion and changing landscape over time of the Twelve Apostles. Each team used large rocks, sand and cardboard to create a model of an area around the Twelve Apostles. They then used dripping water to model water erosion and noted some changes that occurred between their beginning landscape and final landscape.

London Bridge before

London Bridge before

London Bridge after

London Bridge after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Apostles 'before'

3 Apostles ‘before’

3 Apostles 'after'

3 Apostles ‘after’

Cliffs and apostle - building 'before'

Cliffs and apostle – building ‘before’

Modelling water erosion

Modelling water erosion

Cliffs and an apostle after

Cliffs and an apostle after

November 22, 2014
by Mrs F
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Sugar fun

Ready to go

Ready to go

Taking a break from our unit on soil and erosion the Year 4 students were assessing their science skills by conducting an investigation to find out which sugar dissolved the quickest. They are getting very good now at using their improved science skills to make sure they are controlling as many variables as possible when they conduct science investigations.

November 14, 2014
by Mrs F
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Creating valleys

In Year 4 this week we used a model to show how water erosion has created valleys and land formations. Underneath the top soil (sand) was the bedrock (different rocks). As the water moved over the top soil valleys started being created and exposed the underlying rocks.

Preparation! What a lovely day.

Preparation! What a lovely day.

Beginnings

Beginnings

Now for the water

Now for the water

New landscapes

New landscapes

November 6, 2014
by Mrs F
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TAP into soil

Alex sharing about soil

Alex sharing about soil

Question time

Question time

Robbie and Heytesbury slides

Robbie and Heytesbury slides

We had two guest speakers in the Year 4 classes this week organised as part of the TAP. Alex from the DEPI came and talked about how soil is formed, the types of soil in our area compared to other areas and how our soil is so suitable for dairy farming as we live in the best place to grow GRASS! He also shared how changes to the landscape have occured over time through weathering and erosion. Robbie presented facts and information about the Heytesbury settlement and how the new farmers cleared the land and had to work the soil to make it productive. We really enjoyed making the links with our area and what we are learning about soil and rocks in the classroom.

October 26, 2014
by Mrs F
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Soil solutions

IMG_1509 IMG_1510 IMG_1512Our soil solutions have settled, they are all different and one had a worm hiding in it. The Year 4 students practiced drawing accurate labelled diagrams to show the different layers within their soil solutions. They measured each layer to make sure their diagrams were as accurate as possible.

October 18, 2014
by Mrs F
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Sorting soil

Our focus this week in Year 4 was on SOIL. Firstly we used our science senses to observe three different soil samples and then we set up soil solutions to watch over the next two weeks. The soil in the soil solutions came from the students homes so we are looking forward to observing the differences in the settled soil layers.

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October 9, 2014
by Mrs F
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Soil and Rocks from the Trestle Bridge

As an introduction to their unit on Earth Science the Year 4 students got their hands dirty with close observation of soil and rocks collected from the historic trestle bridge site. They made many observations especially as they compared the different rock types.

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September 5, 2014
by Mrs F
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Plastic sorting

Guess what the year 4 decomposing investigation found? The apple core, paper, cardboard and calico had either decomposed or were on the way BUT the plastic had not changed! The Year 4s then used information sources to complete a PMI (positive, minus and interesting) chart about plastics.

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August 13, 2014
by Mrs F
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Using the Digital Microscope

The Year 4 class got up close and personal with different types of materials. They used the digital microscope to observe the properties of bag materials before and after being subjected to stress. They were investigating what types of materials have high tensile strength.

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July 30, 2014
by Mrs F
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Absorbancy

The Year 4 students are becoming expert at conducting investigations and controlling the variables. This week they tested the absorbency of different materials and observed some interesting properties of the materials. We discovered that cloth ‘recyclable’ bags repel water and are not absorbent at all (which is probably a good thing for a bag!)

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