Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Further investigations about Light.

What a lesson!
Year 6 were very excited about dissecting a cow's eye.

Mrs Gordon was very careful to explain that the cow had been killed for meat and that the eye was used for educational purposes.

Some students were a little queezy. 

Other students looked at some dirt samples through various lenses.

We learned so much.

I enjoyed watching the cow's eyes being dissected as well as learning about all the fascinating things that are in cow's eyes that we don't have. I also loved looking at what is in our eye and how it works. 
Looking through the lenses so I could look closer at the dirt and worms was also fantastic.
Harrison Cavenagh.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Harmony Day and Anti-bullying Assembly

What a day!
Loved it.
The Year 6 students came dressed in coloured clothes whilst the remainder of the students were allowed to wear a 'touch of colour'. This was to represent Harmony Day. Respect for ALL Australians.
Here are Year Six.

Year Six presented an absolutely amazing thought provoking Assembly on Anti - bullying.
The students danced, sung, presented bible verses, showed a video and also hosted a quiz. It was an excellent presentation. Here are the team.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Preparing to Write.

Today we created atmosphere in the classroom by turning the lights off!

The next movement was to sit on a space that was your own and feet were not on the ground in any way. 

 Students were completely quiet as I led them through a guided visualisation by asking questions. They wrote their thoughts. 

These were the questions and thoughts...
You are either a mum, grandfather or a child of 8.
It is dark, tense and you are shoved on to a boat. 
What smells, sights and sounds are around?
What are your feelings, thoughts and emotions?
What or who are you running from? Do you know?
Where are you heading? How long might it take?
What are two images that you have on your journey?

The students shared their stories with a partner and then several children read to the class.

The students then thought about what they did not bring on the journey. 
This is an excellent thinking skill to think of the opposite. For example what was not brought rather than what was brought.

There were some amazing pieces of prose written. 

Learning About the Science of Eyes and Light

Today in science, we went down to the science lab and learned about the functions and parts of the human eye. 

In this lesson, we were shown labeled diagrams of the human eye, models of the human eye and even a real eye. Well, a cow's eye to be exact, but anyways. We dissected the eye and were shown the parts of the eye just like in the diagrams, and told the different function of the parts, such as the iris, which is the colour of our eyes, and the lens, which is used for magnifying objects. 

After learning these things, we were given a work sheet to fill in. In this worksheet, we had to label the parts of an eye and list what a lens does (because we were learning about lenses and refraction in our last science lesson) and before the lesson was officially finished, we made our own models of a human eye.

For my final reflections, we learned a lot in this lesson, and I'm looking forward to to learning more about the topic. 

Written by Katherine Khoury

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Science Lesson - How are rainbows formed?

Blowing and creating bubbles. What can be learnt from this?

Rainbow Experiment

We experimented with bubbles today! We looked at how a rainbow was formed and found out that a rainbow is created with water droplets and sunbeams. The water droplets act like prisms and the light goes through them which forms the awesome colours a rainbow has! Bubbles also have rainbows inside them (if you look closely). Epic!  - Cameron

Science Reflections

In science we went on the field and blew bubbles some were big and some were small. In the bubbles there were rainbows. We saw the rainbow being formed inside the bubble.

The reason rainbows are formed is because the water and the light is being broken up and it forms the colours.

A rainbow is a colourful line in the sky which has lots of colours like red,orange,yellow,green,blue.indigo and violet. - Nayoka 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Visit from Craig and Kim

On Friday, Inaburra was privileged to host two experts in the field of working with technology and children. Teachers learnt and chatted about creative and effective practice and then some 'textperts' had an opportunity to chat with Craig. 

Enjoy this shots taken by Mr Host who organised the day.

Anyone for a 'twitter wall'? Stay tuned. Year 6 students will soon start to tweet...but beware...only 140 characters each tweet. Oh this is such a fabulous time for education. There are SOoooo many possibilities. 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Figurative Language Lesson Week 7

Hi Year 6,

Please find below the link to this weeks comprehension lesson and task. It's my first attempt at a video recorded lesson! I hope it helps to clarify some of your thinking about figurative language and gives you a good understanding of the types of figurative language devices used in writing.

Leadership Training

Today at lunch time Year 6 leaders had the opportunity to participate in some fun leadership training. Year 11 student leaders ran some fun games to help Year 6 understand some valuable leadership qualities, like teamwork, planning ahead and working together. Thanks Mrs Gaskell for helping us organising this!

Leadership training for Year 6 will be held once each term. Students must attend if they wish to receive a Leadership Award at the end of the year, unless they are absent. I was so impressed with the student's enthusiasm and willingness to attend this training today.

After lunch Year 6 wrote a short reflection on this individual blogs about three things they learned about leadership. You may want to read what some of them wrote.

Susanne M wrote:

What I learnt at the Leadership Meeting

What I learnt at the leadership meeting was.....
1. Teamwork and communication is important to be a leader.
2. Encouraging others and younger ones is also an important thing to be a leader.
3. Teaching younger ones the right things will teach them to be a better leader when they grow up.

Tom D wrote:

What I Was Taught In Year 6 Leader Training...

1.If you want to be a leader then you must learn to work in a team.

2.Being a leader means you'll have to adapt to being given a short amount of time to take care of a big problem.

3.And finally To be a great leader you'll have to have a kind heart and be willing to help everyone that needs it.

Monday, 9 March 2015

English Lesson

Today we discussed the book Onion Tears by Dianna Kidd. The students worked in groups to think about the three most significant events in the book. 
After this decision, the students worked to create 'freeze frames' to show their audience what they had decided. Enjoy these photos showing initial discussions, the audience and some examples of the freeze frames.

A time of thinking, creating, collaborating and really engaging in learning.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Working Mathematically

Working collaboratively-what a fabulous way to solve Mathematics problems. 

Designing a fair test

In  the Science lab this week year 6 learned about designing fair tests. We learned we could only change one thing and should only measure one thing to make test fair. 
We investigated how changing the distance between the light source (torch) and the object (glue stick) affected the height of a shadow. Then we graphed the results so we could analyse them.