Science and Technology

Today, we made the most of an opportunity to learn about electronic circuits. Yesterday, I saw Mr Palka collecting old keyboards to take to the dump. Our class quickly took advantage of this opportunity, by salvaging them for a class science and technology lesson.

Today, the students carefully pulled apart the keyboards and tried to work out how they worked. Firstly, we learned “lefty loosy, righty tighty”.

Students examined the layers underneath the keys. They annotated a printed photo, as above, and then wrote an explanation  about how the circuitry works.

Thank You

Last week, we were very fortunate to have 6 parents come and volunteer their time, for an hour, to cut up fabric for the students. This week, students have begun to practise their hand sewing in preparation for making a cushion. Once finished, students will be able to use their cushions on their chairs and when they come to sit on the floor.

Thank you Cass, Lee, Jacqui, Chris, Jo, Kerry and my wife Megan for her help too.

Flipped Maths Classroom

A Flipped class is a relatively new term. In a flipped classroom, students watch a lesson at home and then come to school ready to engage in activities or practise a new skill. In class maths lessons we are refreshing and extending our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes. Below, I have linked to a video demonstrating how to create a regular polygon using a protractor and a compass. It would be fantastic if students watched this over the coming days, so that they are prepared for having a go in class.

Draw a polygon

Welcome to Room 7 in 2015

We have had a wonderful first week back at school. My students have enjoyed exploring with parabolic curves, in maths lessons. Students were asked to continue exploring with designs for homework. Below you will find a video of part of an introductory lesson, as well as some wonderfully completed homework. Well done everybody!

Parabolic Curves

Rock and Water

In week ten of term three, I attended a three day course to become an accredited instructor of the Rock and Water program. It is a physical program which we began in our P.E lesson today with the purpose of teaching students social skills through a psycho- physical approach. If you would like to know more about the program please visit Ask your children about some of the activities they did in Rock and Water today.

Enviro Week Editing Challenge

The first of our videos have now been completed. Here’s the first by Stuart and Sam. I will add more videos as links below this post when they are finished. We will have a vote in class and decide upon 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the editing challenge. Those students will receive a prize.

Enviro Week 2014 by Stuart and Sam from Andrew Weatherill on Vimeo.

Hunter And Nathan Enviroweek

lizard video jeffrey lachie
Tyson and BEaus envireweek vid

Lilly and Ella enviro week movie

kimmy&toscana video enviroment week

james and leo enviro week movie

Hunter And Nathan Enviroweek

abIGAIL an SOnia


Maths Group: Length and Google Earth

Numeracy Week 2014

Please remember that we have a separate page for students in my Maths Group. However, here’s a short video from today’s maths lesson. Students in my group are learning standard five or six of the Australian Curriculum. We are working on measurement this term and we’ve just started work on length. In today’s lesson we incorporated Information and Computer Technologies (ICT’s) by measuring on Google Earth and using GPS to track a 1km walk on the oval. Students also used trundle wheels, which was lucky as the iPad gps signal was poor.

Drug Education

In health lessons this term, students are learning drug education. After establishing a definition for what a drug is, students have begun to read some fact sheets from the Life Ed Drug Education programme. This week, students have learnt about caffeine. This drug has become a health concern for some young people through “Energy Drinks” and bars. After learning some of the ways in which caffeine affects the body, students created posters with the aim of persuading young people to consume minimal caffeine. In future weeks, students will learn about the harmful effects of nicotine and alcohol. They will then focus on alcohol in particular and learn about the impact on brain development in adolescence. Students will complete an assessment task which will be to write an exposition text, persuading young people that it is not safe for young people to consume alcohol.

Parents, if you have any concerns about this program, please give me a call or send me a message through class dojo messenger.

Numeracy/ Environment Week

As part of enviroweek, students have completed a habitat survey of the school. We learnt about lizard habitats and then students used a satellite map of the school to work out what percentage of the school grounds might be potential habitat. Each group marked off grid squares that were overlaid on the map. We then entered these grid squares into an Excel spreadsheet. In year 7, students learn how to find mean, median and mode (average). Hunter programmed the spreadsheet to work out the averages for us, whilst other students worked on their calculators. The pie graph shows that 14% of our school grounds has the potential to be lizard habitat. Next, we will brainstorm ways in which we can make these areas more lizard friendly. In computer sessions, students have completed Excel tutorials, learning how to program and format spreadsheets. Parents, if you have access to a computer, you could ask your children to show you what they have learned.

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