Friday, 19 April 2013


Today, at assembly, Zack got a PRIDE award. But, Zack hurt his fingers on the way to school and couldn't come to school. He got them jammed in the car door - OUCH!!!!  Room 6 children decided to send Zack a message.

We hope you get better soon Zack!!!

Friday, 12 April 2013


In maths we are learning about temperature. Today we explored the difference between cold, warm and boiling hot. We held ice cubes in our hands and noticed that the ice started to melt straight away because our hands were warm. Then we put our hands into a bucket of icy water - it was freezing and our hands went pink! Our hands warmed up when we put them into a bucket of warm soapy water. 

We learnt that ice freezes at 0 degrees and that water boils at 100 degrees. We also learnt that a cup of milo is around 40 to 60 degrees depending on how much milk you pour in. 

After putting our hands in freezing and warm water we boiled water to make milos and added milk to change the temperature from boiling hot to warm so we could drink it. We knew that the water temperature was 100 degrees when it was boiled in the kettle and then changed (going down) to around 40 degrees when we added the milk. So we worked out a number sentence using subtraction 100 - 60 = 40 to explain how the temperature changed. 

Check out the pic.collage images some children made to share our learning

Safety message: Very hot or boiling water can burn us! We explored how we keep safe around boiling water.

  1. Boiling water in the kettle is an adult job.
  2. Steam from a kettle can burn skin too - don't lean over a kettle.
  3. Before you drink a hot drink check with an adult if its safe. 
  4. Blow gently on the drink and take a small sip to test the temperature.
  5. Always carry a hot drink with two hands.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Static Electricity

Today in Room 6 we explored static electricity. We rubbed balloons on our hair and found that it made our hair stick out like hedgehog spikes. We learnt that  static electricity happens when there is a positive and negative charge. After rubbing the balloon on our heads the balloon can act like a magnet and pick up small pieces of paper.

We also found that rubbing the balloon on our hair made the balloon stick to our hair like glue. We liked this experiment so much that we are going to try it out again tomorrow! 

Author Bailey wrote:

Room 6 had balloons. We rubbed balloons on our heads. My hair was sticking up. It was funny. We rubbed the balloons then we put the balloon on the paper. It was a miracle. The balloon lifted the paper up.

Check out the photos of how we could get the balloon to balance on our heads.


Kaedyn using static electricity to balance the balloon on his head

Practicing mat manners using static electricity!

Oscar and Zack

Analise's hair created lots of static electricity!

We wondered if rubbing a balloon on our heads would make the balloon act like a magnet and pick up these small pieces of paper.

Analise trying it out

Ciara trying it out - look how her balloon acted like a magnet and picked up pieces of paper.

Oscar trying it out - look at the pieces of green paper (on the right)  moving up towards the balloon!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Nets for 3D shapes

Today in Room 6 we explored nets. Not fishing nets, soccer nets or basketball nets but nets for 3D shapes. We looked at some rectangular prisms and cubes and took them apart to see what their nets looked like. We discovered that nets for different rectangular prisms don't have to look exactly the same. Next, we traced around the outside of a small net and made our own nets. Some children chose to take home some nets to make them back into rectangular prisms. 
Check out what our learning looked like in action.

Bailey with a 3D rectangular prism also known as a muesli bar box.

Balin and Bailey with nets for their rectangular prisms.

Jaedyon with a rectangular prism also known as a tissue box!

Jaedyon with the tissue box net.

Jaedyon and CJ working as a team to trace the net of a small rectangular prism.

Ciara and Kaedyn working together - what awesome team work!

Nathan and Georgia

Making our own nets was pretty tricky! Lots of discussion and problem solving occurred.

Kaedyn cutting out his net.

Henry and CJ

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Half and quarters

Check out how Room 6 children have been exploring the different ways they can show half and quarter. Look at the way Summer, Izaiah and Analise can show half of a shape using a string line and check out the way children can show half and quarter by filling different containers with coloured water. Jack, Ella and Sienna showed half by making shapes and separating with playdough.