Friday, October 30, 2015
It was so good to welcome Mrs Stedman back to the Allen Centre. As usual, she had amazing stories to tell us before showing us how to make these wonderful containers. With Christmas approaching Mrs Stedman wanted us to think about giving as well as receiving.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Away we go, investigating again. First we thought about the question, "What is a machine?" We decided that it is a thing that makes a job easier and quicker to do. We talked about simple machines and complicated machines. Then working in groups we used a rolling pin and string to lift a book. At first we pulled the book up by turning the rolling pin. We then tried again and discovered it was easier when we pulled down on the string in the same direction as gravity. Mmm interesting!
Sunday, October 25, 2015
We had a wonderful time at Pet Day. Judges checked all the animals and winners were chosen. There was a variety of competitions such as dog handling, lamb feeding and gumboot throwing. A real highlight was the Grand Parade complete with a piper out front. It was a great day!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Today we completed the final paper tower challenge. This time the tower had to support a paper cup with water in it and then remain standing in a hurricane and in an earthquake. There was a hive of activity as towers were planned and then constructed. Incredibly there were several towers that succeeded. What fun we have had!
Earlier in the week the Koalas reading group read a story "Born to Weave." Today their independent activity was to read the article, "Weaving Paper," and follow the instructions. They have all taken home a laminated placemat. Well done!
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Today there was a new challenge. This time the tower had to be able to support an empty paper cup while testing for a hurricane or an earthquake. The designs were much stronger and several teams had success. Tomorrow we will try this challenge again and those teams that did not succeed already have new ideas to try.