Life Education Van

Last week our school was privileged to have the Life Education Van visit our school.

Each class was able to enter the van and participate in a one hour lesson about different life skills.

The 5/6’s learnt about decision making and consequences. We also learnt that we need to be well informed and educated before we are able to make informed decisions.


We learnt about Drug education, where we had to classify legal and illegal drugs. This was certainly an eye opener, because we learnt about energy drinks and the amount of caffeine in them. Some drugs fell in the legal medical field, even though they are normally illegal. One example of this was medical and illegal marijuana.  Foods which contain caffeine, also included chocolate and coffee. We learnt about alcohol, which is legal to people over 18 years of age and the effects that it has on the body.

We discussed just what effects cigarettes and alcohol have on the body and exactly which parts of the body are affected.

At the end of the session we got to meet Harold, the mascot for Life ed. He was really cute!!


We were very fortunate again this year to have Lydia from the

Monash Science Centre visit our school to teach us about how the earth moves.

Her presentations are always so informative, interesting and educational.

We learnt so much about the earth.

She explained about the layers of the earth, about natural disasters

and particularly, about earthquakes and volcanoes.

We conducted some experiments which helped us to understand

what is going on underneath the Earth’s crust.

It helped us to understand the movement of Tectonic Plates,

and how rock consistently heat, melts, cools and solidifies.

These hands-on activities were enjoyed by all and

they helped consolidate our knowledge on how the earth really does move.

Our first activity was to understand how magma moves just below the crust.

We then experimented with some ‘oobleck’; this was so much fun.

It helped us understand how the earth’s core is solid, and yet how the magma is liquid.

Great stuff!

Our final hands-on activity was to create a volcanic eruption in a plastic bottle.


Watch the videos below to find out just what we did.

Please feel free to leave a comment.

Follow the link below to previous posts on Weather and Climate and Natural Disasters

Weather and Climate – what’s the difference?


Our Integrated Studies topic this term is Law and Order.

We are well on our way to discovering as much as we can about how

our Australian Parliamentary system works.

Click on the photos below to take you to a new page.

These links will assist with your learning about our topic.

Parliament at Dawn 01-LParliament_House_Canberra_(281004929)


Microsoft Word - Three Levels of Government Poster.doc

The Australian Government


Where are the chairs? – Shanghai World Expo

Absolutely beautiful but …WHERE ARE THE CHAIRS?
Are those lady musicians sitting on invisible chairs?
Apparently NOT - it's a form of YOGA. 
This is actually being done in a yoga pose known as “chair posture”.
Imagine holding this position for that long! The strength in their legs is unbelievable!
Shanghai Expo Closing Ceremony..

Body Systems – Our Research

Congratulations to all our expert groups for the professional way you presented your research.

Everyone enjoyed the quizzes and certainly learnt many new facts about the different body systems.

Below are the first presentations:

The Nervous, Muscular, Immune, Skin and Endocrine Systems.

And the Skeletal, Respiratory and Digestive Systems.

Stay tuned for the quizzes which will follow.

Plant and Body Systems

Our Integrated Unit this term is Plant and Body Systems.

Our study of plant systems included

learning about the different parts of a plant,

as well as learning about how different flowers reproduce. 

We enjoyed learning about plants. 

We even dissected flowers and sketched them.

We had to sketch flowers and then also complete an art activity on still life.

We hope you enjoy looking at our artwork.

 We are now well on our way with our body systems research and our expert groups.

Below are two videos – the digestive system and the skeletal system.

We hope you enjoy watching them.

Click on the link below to take you

to some fantastic information on the different body systems.

Study Jams

Famous Victorians – What’s Your Story – Book Week 2015

book week 2015As part of Book Week our librarian organised for the year 5/6’s to visit the Melbourne Museum and the The State Library of Victoria. When we went to the State Library of Victoria we were greeted by a teacher librarian and went over to the Workshop. There she explained that we were to pick one of 7 famous Australians (Ned Kelly, Vida Goldstein, John Batman, John Pascoe Fawkner, William Buckley, ST Gill or William Barack) and research their lives. We used Ergo to research and Animoto to create our video. In our video we had to include 3 facts, 2 questions and 1 thought.    The hour we spent there was worthwhile and we had a lot of fun.

After all that we had a tour of the State Library and found out that the Library had a 100 year-old biscuit; it was a pity that we couldn’t see it. We got to travel back in time by looking at artwork; we saw Melbourne transform from a small colony to a lively community. Another interesting fact we learnt was that Redmond Barry was the one who opened the State Library and was also the judge who sentenced Ned Kelly to death. Overall the experience was very enjoyable.

Written by Anna and Mathew

Electricity Incursion from Monash University

This week Sally, a scientist from Monash University,

came to our school to teach us about electrical circuits.

It was a fantastic, and very educational incursion.

We learnt so much and we were even able to build our own electrical circuits.

We built series and parallel circuits and discovered why the more lights there are on a series circuit, the weaker the glow.

A parallel circuit maintained the strength of the glow for each globe we added.

We especially enjoyed the part about how the aurora borealis looks in a test tube.

Did you know that a lemon and potato can actually conduct electricity?

We experimented and discovered that they do conduct electricity.

Electricity: Energy Usage and Electrical Circuits

Our science unit this term is - Glitter Graphics

Not only will we be looking at our energy usage,

but we will also be learning about how

an electrical circuit works.

You will be constructing your own electrical circuits using batteries, wire and a globe.

Become creative and design your own Book Light

and watch it light up!

Click on the picture below to take you to a number of different links

that will assist you with our unit.