Thursday, 10 August 2017

Water tricks


This term our Inquiry is centred around Water and we endeavour to finish the unit planning and designing a watering system for our school garden using recycled materials. 
To kick off the unit we enjoyed viewing some water tricks and finding science explanations behind them.
Today Thomas our science expert helped students make Obbleck and shared its explanation which answered the question of how does it be a liquid and become a solid?



Oobleck



Explanation

Cornflour is made up of lots of tiny starch particles that loves water and the water moves quickly around the  particles.
The water acts like oil and grease, so when you move it slowly the particles have time to move past each other and they can flow like a liquid.
So it is a solid when you move it around fast and the particles are jammed together  and the water  that was between them moves around the outside.
Now the particles are lumped together without the ‘grease’ and the mixture can no longer flow.
To make oobleck You need
  • Cornflour                                                                                                                
  • Water
  • Dye
  • 1 cup and
  • ¼ of cup






Garden Club

We learnt about compost, worms and nutrients that we can add to our garden to give it nourishments to grow. We got very dirty but it was a lot of fun!





X-Country

Well Done to all our AMAZING runners. As a whole team we completed the race! A special congratulations to Bridie and Jacob who were our Year 6 winners.


Waitaki Clued Up Kids

On Wednesday we went to the rec centre with other Year 6 students around Oamaru to participate in Waitaki Clued Up Kids which taught us how to stay safe in a variety of circumstances and scenarios

Check it out!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Metamorphic Rock

We made playdough for our Metamorphic Rock experiment.
We looked at how one colour can be changed by heat (hot water) and pressure (our hands) to change the 'rock' from one thing to another.
It was a lot of fun! We got very dirty! Have a look at what we did

























Year 6 Gospel Term 3

Check out our gospel for the term...
In this Gospel, Jesus asks us to go after treasures. Jesus is telling us to go after the treasure he has given us with everything we can so that we bring his name glory. Jesus is helping to illustrate the great value of heaven. We have learnt a song which talks about following Jesus and not turning back from living a life with him. The bible says “For where your treasure is- there your heart will be”- we want our treasure to be found in Jesus and there is no turning back for us. This is where our hearts will also be.



Thursday, 29 June 2017

Andrea's Visit

Andrea knows a lot about rocks and has an amazing collection from around the world. She came in to speak with us and show us some of her gems. We learnt about crystal and diamond quality as well as uses of rocks.






Rock Trip

We were able to go to the Oamaru Rock Club where we spent a morning doing hands on activities to find out more about rocks. They had a huge collection and it was great to be able to use our knowledge and practice what we had learnt.



Sedimentary Rock

We have learnt that Sedimentary rock means a rock that forms layers. These layers are made from a range of minerals which are compacted and cemented together to form the Sedimentary rock. We used a range of minerals to do the same process.





Ballet

We were fortunate enough to go watch the Royal Ballet at the Opera House along with other schools from Oamaru. We watched a range of styles of ballet and contemporary dancing which was incredible. The men were so strong and women-so graceful and flexible!