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NAIDOC Week - Year 1/2 Class Science

As part of our 'Safari Backyard' topic, we are exploring different animal habitats. This week we learnt about how ants communicate and work together. They emit a chemical substance for other ants to Follow their scent. We viewed some videos on how ants move and carry their food, and how honey pot ants collect their food. We saw an Aboriginal woman digging for honey ants in central Australia. These ants have specialised workers that gorge their food and their abdomens swell up. These ants have a small yellow stripe on their backs and dig deep underground tunnels. When the ants are full of nectar they hang from the ceilings of the underground chambers.

Physical Science

Physical Science has been the focus this term.
There seemed to be a lot of fun happening during Science lessons, and learning of course! From floating and sinking to pushing and pulling, I feel we have some young scientists in the making!

Smooth Moves

Yr 3/ 4 have explored a topic called Smooth moves and focused on how forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance. They have conducted investigations on:

  • observing qualitatively how speed is affected by the size of a force
  • exploring how non-contact forces are similar to contact forces in terms of objects pushing and pulling another object
  • comparing and contrasting the effect of friction on different surfaces, such as tyres and shoes on a range of surfaces


Yr 5/6 class have been learning about Light this term. They have carried out many investigations through with the 5E’s of engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate. They have learnt that:

  • light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted.
  • draw simple labelled ray diagrams to show the paths of light from a source to our eyes.
  • comparing shadows from point and extended light sources such as torches and fluorescent tubes.
  • classifying materials as transparent, opaque or translucent based on whether light passes through them or is absorbed.
  • recognising that the colour of an object depends on the properties of the object and the colour of the light source.
  • explored the use of mirrors to demonstrate the reflection of light.
  • recognise the refraction of light at the surfaces of different transparent materials, such as when light travels from air to water or air to glass.

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