Toothbrush Troubles!

This term our inquiry unit is called ‘I sea I care’. We worked out that in a year if everyone in our whole school (including all the staff) used 4 toothbrushes we would use around 1776 toothbrushes. That’s a lot of toothbrushes going to landfill! This will destroy the environment and marine life. In 3/4w we discussed that this is very alarming so we decided to create jobs for everyone in the class to provide help to the environment and marine life, because toothbrushes are not always recycled. We discovered an organisation called Terracycle, which helps to reduce the amount of plastic in the environment by recycling used toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. So we decided we would help Terracycle by collecting used toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. please bring your old  toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes and place them in the 3/4W boxes!

Kindly Regards

Shauna  & Elizabeth (students of 3/4w)

Do you care about the marine environment and why? What can you do to help the marine environment?

Welcome to Term 3

Welcome back to Term 3! I hope you enjoyed your holidays. We have amazing things happening this term including:

  • Our inquiry unit ‘I sea, I care’
  • Athletics Carnival
  • Camp
  • Cultural day

What did you enjoy on the holidays and what are you looking forward to this term? 

Welcome to Term 2!

Welcome back to Term 2! I hope you all enjoyed your break. We have so many exciting things to look forward to this term including:

  • Our inquiry unit on science
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming lessons
  • Grandparents’ morning
  • Year 3-6 Music concert

What did you enjoy on the holidays and what are you looking forward to this term? 

Awesome coding in 3/4W

This year 3/4W learnt about coding. We used the program called Scratch and learnt how to add a score and a timer to games. We also learnt how to get characters to ask and answer questions. In maths we were learning about 2D shapes, 3D shapes and lines. We decided to make a game from what we had learnt.

Here are some of our games. Please play some of them!

https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/3193383/

What did you enjoy about our games and what did you learn? 

Let’s go play ‘unfair’ bowling!

One afternoon as part of our integrated unit ‘Let’s have a ball!’ 3/4W were split into 4 groups and had a bowling experiment. We had to knock down three drink bottles with various balls in 5 minutes. Here are our results:

Group 1

Stood behind the white line and put drink bottles on the yellow line. We used a plastic golf ball.

We knocked down three drink bottles 0 times in 5 minutes

Group 2

Stood at the whiteline and put drink bottles against the green deck. We used a smaller than average size football.

We knocked down three drink bottles 0 times in 5 minutes

Group 3

Stood anywhere and put drink bottles anywhere. We used a netball.

We knocked down three drink bottles 9 times in 5 minutes

Group 4

Stood anywhere and put drink bottles anywhere. We used a rope soccer ball.

We knocked down three drink bottles 12 times in 5 minutes

Explaining our results

After the experiment, we tried to explain our results. This is what we came up with:

  • The ball shapes were different and this meant that for some groups it was more challenging to hit the drink bottles. Some balls were also really light, like the plastic golf ball so this meant it was not heavy enough to knock the drink bottles down.
  • Group 3 and 4 stood anywhere and this meant they could have stood really close to the drink bottles and it would be easier to knock down.
  • Some people stood quite far away from the drink bottles like in group 1 and 2 and this meant they had to have really good accuracy to knock a drink bottle down.
  • Group 1 had a plastic golf ball and it’s really small. This means that if you roll it to hit a drink bottle, it is very hard to knock it down. Bigger balls mean they have a bigger area to hit the drink bottles.
  • All groups used different drink bottles and this means that some had water in it, some didn’t and some were half full. As a result, it was harder for some groups depending on the type of drink bottle they used.

Do you think this was a fair experiment?  If not, what do you think would make this experiment fair?