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Science

St Mary's Tomatoes

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The tomato plants are taking over the St Mary's classroom! Even though they were only planted at Easter, they're already bearing fruits. We are not sure that they will be ready for pasta sauce or ketchup recipes by the time summer is here, and no doubt the holiday programme participants will want to eat them all. But it's exciting that Science can remind us of awe and wonder as well as the passing of time!

Boats

Thumbnail_Rafts Teyla-Marie was very proud of her boat that she made to sail to the island. Becky-Anne was really pleased with her boat. She even put her name on the sail!

Waterproof Materials

thumbnail_for_web_site To help us with designing shelters for our Island we decided to test whether different materials were waterproof.  Student worked in pairs to devise a way of testing different items around the classroom such as tissue paper, paper towel and cardboard.  They put a lot of thought into making the testing fair and how their results would be recorded.  Students then put their findings into an experimental report.

Bridge Building

thumbnail_for_web_site As part of our Island theme we looked at bridges as a means of getting to an island. Students began by looking at photographs of various famous bridges such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge.  They then split into two teams and designed their own bridges.  The girls went for a truss style bridge with additional support underneath.  The boys designed a combination of an arch and a truss bridge.  We then used masses to test out the bridges strength with surprising results.  The girls’ bridge held 875 grams and the boys’ bridge held 400 grams.  Well done to the girls’ team!

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