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August 7, 2015
by Mrs F
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Earthquake Explorers

The Year 6 students visited Earth Ed in Ballarat recently to explore earthquakes. They simulated lava flows and created seismic waves. Lots of practical hands on experiences to reinforce their learning!

Earth Ed 2

Lava Mountain

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Simulating Seismic Waves

 

July 12, 2015
by Mrs F
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Chicken experts

Chicken wings are so interesting. The Year 6 students explored them as they conducted their first science dissection. As part of their biology unit on chickens they have delved inside the egg and created a chicken’s gut – moving food through the gut with movements to show peristalsis! This unit has tied in with their TAP project, raising heritage chickens. They are now qualified chicken experts!Chicken wing

December 7, 2014
by Mrs F
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Life through the Microscope

To finish our unit on microorganisms the Year 6 classes ventured over to the secondary science labs and gained some useful microscope skills. They began easily with tiny scraps of newspaper, observing what the type looked like, then compared strands of hair using 300 x magnification. It was fascinating to see the different structure of each hair strand. Finally they discovered thousands of yeast cells in one tiny drop of yeast mixture and observed protozoa and the structure of plant filaments from pond slime.

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November 6, 2014
by Mrs F
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Yeast under the microscope

Heidi and Shannon's summary

Heidi and Shannon’s summary

This week  the Year 6 students watched yeast budding under the microscope, the magnification was x 400 and we saw a proliferation of yeast cells. They were mostly oval in shape but were different sizes and looked amazing as they multiplied. The students drew pictures of what the yeast looked like under the microscope and then used their learning from previous investigations to write a summary about the microorganism yeast.

October 26, 2014
by Mrs F
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Now we know why the balloon went up!

IMG_1415 IMG_1416 IMG_1430After our investigation last week and our new one this week we have found out that yeast is activated by warm water. (Our investigation this week looked at whether yeast was activated in cold, warm or hot water.) Once yeast is active it breaks down sugar and a by product of this reaction is carbon dioxide. The production of carbon dioxide increased the gas in the enclosed bottle and made the balloon rise.

October 18, 2014
by Mrs F
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Why did the balloon go up?

The Year 6s set up an Investigation into what affects yeast. They discovered that a bottle with the combination of yeast, sugar and warm water caused the balloon (that was placed over the top of the bottle) to go up. The other bottles with different combinations did not make the balloon go up. They thought it could be because:

1. a reaction had occurred

2. a gas had formed

3. the yeast has used the sugar (as yeast is a living organism) and this had caused the gas

They were to research what had happened for homework!

October 9, 2014
by Mrs F
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What’s the difference: Bread

The year 6 classes have begun their investigation into micro-organisms by identifying yeast as a micro-organism. We looked at different types of bread and discovered that of the 3 breads (Chia flat bread, Sour Dough and White Bread) only one used yeast. We also used our senses and the digital microscope to record observations about the differences in the breads.

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August 13, 2014
by Mrs F
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Modelling Earthquakes

The Year 6 classes are learning about earthquakes using factual texts and models. They have been learning to recognise what they can learn through models but also that models cannot show everything. Today we discussed how a boiled egg can be used to model the layers of the earth. We followed this with making plasticine models of different movements of the tectonic plates.

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July 20, 2014
by Mrs F
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Earthquakes

Year 6s have begun their new topic ‘Earthquake explorers’. We are in the engage session of the unit where we are showing our current thinking about the topic in a variety of ways. The Year 6s listened to first hand accounts of people who had experienced earthquakes, viewed pictures of the effects of earthquakes and then created storyboards to show the stages of an earthquake.

 

Supermarket shelves

Supermarket shelves

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Library shelves

Library shelvescreated simple storyboards to show their thinking about the stages that happened during an earthquake.

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