Drug Education

http://drugfacts4youngpeople.com/drug-caffeine

http://drugfacts4youngpeople.com/drug-caffeine

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.

P.E Lessons: Badminton

Green Thumbs

The class was excited to pick our first carrots today. We planted seeds early last term and we have patiently watched them grow. We currently have plenty of silver beet growing, and many students have taken bunches home. Next week is enviro-week and only a week away from Spring. Students will plant out a couple of garden beds with potatoes, which we expect to harvest towards the end of term four.

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Class Maths: Data and Representations

This week, students have been learning to programme Excel Spreadsheets to complete calculations. They have also learned basic formatting skills. Students have created data sets and used their spreadsheets to create graphs.  Today, we began to learn about Stem and Leaf plots. Students measured each other and added their heights to our class Stem and Leaf plot. In our next lessons, students will learn to use their data to find the mean, median, mode and range of heights in the class.

Eggsperiment: Density and Bouyancy

Today, our class of year 6′s completed an Eggsperiment. On our tour of the Coorong, we learnt that Ngarrindjeri people used to dig down in the sand on Young Husband Peninsula to find fresh water. As the Peninsula has the sea on one side and brackish water, in the Coorong, on the other side, the water table under the shallow peninsula contains mostly salt water. However, when it rains, fresh water soaks through the sand and sits on top of the salt water, due to the differences in density.

In this experiment, students saw that fresh water (died green), when poured carefully, would sit on top of salt water.

If you are lucky, when travelling down the Coorong, you might see an emu or kangaroo digging in the sand in search of fresh water to drink.

Year 6 Excursions

The year 6 students have begun their excursions that we do each year whilst the year 7′s are on camp. So far we have been for a cruise on The Spirit of the Coorong, visited the Desalination Plant at O’Sullivan’s Beach and been ice skating at the Ice Arena. Many children were suprised at how interesting the tour of the Desalination Plant was, as many thought it would be boring. Did you know that the Desalination Plant cost $1.8 billion dollars to build? That’s $1,800 million or $1,800,000,000.
Students have been creating a photostory of their journey down the Coorong. I will add Photostories to this post as they are completed.

Spirit of the Coorong by Chelsea, Kasey and Lana

The Coorong Ride by A and J

The Coorong by Sonia and Abigail

The Coorong by Zak and Tyson

The Coorong by Leo and Kurt

Coorong (Kurangh) Kimmy & Toscana! ;)

 

 

English: Narrative Peer Assessment

 

imageYesterday, students read a partner’s 200 word short story and then provided targeted feedback to help all students improve their work, and to identify the positive elements that had been included.

First we had a mini-lesson about providing useful, specific feedback. Peer assessment of writing is not only useful for the recipient, but it encourages students, who are providing feedback, to think deeply about the structural elements, language features and punctuation that should be included.

 

Some fabulous feedback was written. Well done everybody!

Terrific Kids Awards

imageCongratulations to Ella and Stuart who were both awarded a Terrific Kids Certificate at today’s assembly. Both students are fantastic roll models for students in room 7, and for the rest of the school. Ella and Stuart were recognised for their leadership roles within SRC, their participation in school instrumental lessons and involvement in community sport.

Congratulations also to Ella and Blayde who received You Can Do It awards for our class this fortnight.

Water Colour Portraits

Water Colour Portraits

Water Colour Portraits

At the beginning of term, students in room 7 had a go at painting their portraits. Mr Weatherill took students’photos and then printed them very faintly in black and white. Students then painted water colours over the top. They turned out really effectively. We hope you like them.

Can you tell who's who?

Can you tell who’s who?

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