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.
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:
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.
This term, the Year 3/4s have been learning about using Green Screen effects when creating movies.
Everyone has really enjoyed their projects and we are in the final stages of editing our work.
See below for some examples of how students have been recorded ‘on location’ at some of Australia’s most popular landmarks!
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 🍎