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July 27, 2014
by Mrs F
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Decomposing

The Year 4s are investigating materials in their Term 3 science unit. This week they set up a long term investigation to explore how different materials decompose.

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June 18, 2014
by Mrs F
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Arcade Games

The Year 4s are applying their learning about forces to design and create arcade games. Here are some of their designs.Arcade Design 6 Arcade Design 7 Arcade Design 8

May 12, 2014
by Mrs F
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Forces and Friction

The Year 4 students have been exploring forces. They have pushed and pulled cans to observe the effect of different sized forces. They moved heavy boxes over different surfaces to aid their thinking about friction. To explain their learning, students created storyboards using annotated drawings. They showed the different sized forces with arrows.

Rolling Can Storyboard

Rolling Can Storyboard

Rolling Can Storyboard

Rolling Can Storyboard

Exploring Friction

Exploring Friction

Exploring Friction

Exploring Friction

Exploring Friction

Exploring Friction

May 2, 2014
by Mrs F
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Smooth Moves starts smoothly

Our first lesson in Year 4 was all about playing games! We played bat tennis, marbles, hungry hippo, dominoes, skittles and marble run, BUT we had our scientist eyes on! We were observing what forces were being used. Some forces were pushes and some pulls. We used words like rebounded and momentum to describe what we observed.

To show our observations and explain out thinking we drew annotated diagrams.

Bat tennis

Bat tennis

Ten pin bowls

Ten pin bowls

Ten pin bowls

Ten pin bowls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marble run

Marble run

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2014
by Mrs F
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Elastic Energy Toys

To follow up from their science launch ‘Elastic Energy’ the Year 4 classes returned to the 5-8 room to create toys using the potential energy of elastic bands. They created mini merry-go-rounds, moving carts and jumping frogs. Students followed instructions to create their toys and then drew diagrams to show their understanding of how the toys worked.

Creating a jumping frog

Creating a jumping frog

Year 4s in the 5-8 room

Year 4s in the 5-8 room

Constructing moving carts

Constructing moving carts

Constructing moving carts

Constructing moving carts

March 7, 2014
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Year 4 science writing

After conducting experiments to test the elasticity of lolly snakes the Year 4s wrote a recount. Read some of the students writing ……

Elastic Energy writing:

Last Wednesday the Grade 4’s went to the 5-8 building for the science launch with Mr Mottram and Mrs Frazer.   Max

On Wednesday it was science day for the grade 4’s, we learnt about elasticity. All these things are elastic: bouncy balls, rubber bands, hair ties, lollies and foam. Mr Mottram and Mrs Frazer are the science teachers, we drew pictures of what a scientist looks like, what a scientist does and wrote some words about scientists. We all moved onto snakes, we got a worksheet and we had to decide who is the boss, the writer and the speaker. I was the speaker, Jasmine was the writer and Christopher  was the manager. When we finished we got to eat our snakes, we sat down and talked more about elasticity before we went to the buses.  Grace

In science the other day we looked at the elasticity of lolly snakes. We had to measure the first length of the snake, while being stretched and the length of the snake when it had retracted it’s shape. Our group changed the brand of each snake. The brands were Coles, Allens and Natural Confectionery. So we had all yellow snakes, all different lengths in front of us!  Alex B.

On Wednesday we had science in the 5-8 building. When we got there we read out stuff about the teachers that were teaching us. Then we got into our activity, we were doing the elasticity of lolly snakes. My team was only Milla and I. We got 3 yellow lolly snakes, we cut one in half and another one to 3cm. After awhile we got a worksheet and filled it out. Milla and I got stuck on a couple of bits but we got through it. After 25 minutes Mila and I finished the worksheet so we got to eat our snakes.  Tarsha

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