Digital Technologies – Term 4 2019

This term, the middle level students have had a lot of fun learning how to use drag-and-drop block code with our Sphero robots. Two activities that have been particular highlights have been Sphero Darts and the Sphero Long Jump.

As well as programming the robots, students have been required to record data from these activities in Google Sheets. This has led to conversations about how we can compare data and what variables would affect the data (such as the speed of the robot, the slope of a ramp, the distance of a run-up etc).

In Physical Education classes this term, the Middle and Senior Levels have been working to improve their throwing, running and jumping skills and learning specific techniques for Athletic events. 

Last Monday, these students were able to test their learning by participating in the St Anne’s Athletics Day at Ringwood Athletics Club. 

Students were then selected to represent St Anne’s at the Warrandyte South District Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 4th September. 

St Anne’s finished 3rd in the Field events, 1st in Track and Ball games and finished 1st place for the overall winners on the day. 

22 students have now been invited to the Maroondah Division Athletics. Congratulations to all participants.

 

Digital Technologies Term 3

This term we have had a lot of fun using our school’s Lego WeDo robotics kits. The students have made some amazing miniature robots. It is wonderful to see the Year 4’s recall their learning from last year to help our Year 3’s learn about the programs.

Each lesson, the students have had to work in pairs to build then code their robots. When time allows, they can add extra modifications to the design or to the code to achieve different things. We have focussed on making the robots move in various ways, respond to light/motion, transmit sound/light and triggering events if the robot is off-balance or moved in a particular way.

Here are some snapshots to help demonstrate the types of robots that have been created:

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Performing Arts

During Term 2 the students learned and practised new dance steps and then incorporated some of those steps into the creation of a small group dance routine that demonstrated their new learning and skills. This task encouraged them to work together harmoniously as they shared their ideas about the variety of movements and transitions that would best suit the music, as well as what they thought would be aesthetically appealing to an audience. The talents that were on show at the conclusion of this task were wonderful and they were very proud of their efforts. I was particularly pleased with how well they listened to each other and supported one another to learn the steps for their particular dance.

During the term, the students also viewed Australian Aboriginal dances on Youtube and then we discussed their new learning about the dances they viewed. They were then able to merge that understanding with their prior knowledge of aspects of Aboriginal culture. It was great to hear their thoughts and for them to share their appreciation of what dance means to our First Australians.

 

 

Wear Sports Uniform Tomorrow!

Sport lessons will be tomorrow (Tuesday) instead of Wednesday this week as District Cross Country has altered our timetable.

Can students please wear their sports uniform tomorrow 👍🏻 Sorry about the late notice.

Yr 3/4 Teachers 🍎

We went to the Zoo!

Our Zoo excursion was a fantastic day for all. It was a great way to consolidate the children’s learning about how important animals are and why we need to do what we can to preserve their existence and the health of their habitats.

Thank you to the many parents who offered to come and to those who came. We could not have done it without you. It was great to have the students in small groups so that they could explore the zoo independently.

Sorry about the late post! Enjoy the holidays! I’m sure the kids would love to revisit the zoo! So much to look at and learn about!

 

Gab, Carrie and Grace 🍎

Last Week of Term 1! ZOO EXCURSION PARENT HELPERS!

What a fantastic and busy term it has been!

If you were unable to attend the Parent Interview night last week please do not hesitate to make an alternative time to meet with your child’s teacher.

MELBOURNE ZOO EXCURSION!

On Thursday we will be taking off on our excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. We had an overwhelming response from parents wanting to offer their help by attending the excursion. Sorry we were unable to choose all of you! We sent a note home yesterday giving the chosen parent helpers needed information of the excursion.

Parents/ helpers to attend are:

If you are unable to make it please let us know ASAP so we can ask someone else.

  • Emily Jacobs
  • Morena Petrolo (Blobel)
  • Sarah Noonan
  • Carina de Grazia
  • Sarah De Stratton
  • Anna Bishop
  • Belinda Cahill
  • Angela Massarotti
  • Duncan Allan
  • Nadia Holland
  • Peter Johnson
  • Betty Wiseman (Gibellini)
  • Marisa Latorre
  • Ben or Rachel Davis
  • Vanessa Chen
  • Jo Haste