This year’s Education Week was celebrated from 21 to 27 May with the theme of Healthy Mind, Healthy Body.
Education Week is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools and early childhood services to showcase the work they are doing for students to help ensure healthy minds and bodies.
The week aims to profile and celebrate everything from sport, dance, mentoring, yoga, meditation, reading, and art, to camps, excursions, breakfast clubs, healthy canteen menus, stress management and resilience; and more.
To help celebrate Education Week this year our students participated in a Hands-On Science workshop. Students participated in challenging, enjoyable science and technology activities that encouraged our students to think. Students were actively involved and encouraged to, observe, record, report and conclude from their observations and experiment results.
On the Friday afternoon students also participated in a variety of sports. The games that Miss Leanne selected helped to promote eye hand co-ordination; interaction with other children; social skills; self-confidence & working independently.
YR 1/2 HANDS-ON SCIENCE WORKSHOP
To help celebrate Education Week this year, we organised ‘Hands-On Science’ to visit our school on Tuesday May 23 2017.
Hands-On Science offered challenging, enjoyable science and technology activities to encourage children to think. Students were actively involved and encouraged to, observe, record, report and conclude from their observations and experiment results.
During this session students observed, classified and tested the physical properties and uses of materials. They participated in processing some simple materials into a new product, and develop an understanding of material waste and pollution.
- Discussed prior knowledge of materials and where they come from (e.g. animal, plant or rocks and minerals).
- Identified raw and processed materials.
- Considered how the properties of materials affect management of waste or can lead to pollution.
- Made and tested a material that appears and acts like glass and plastic and was left for children to do further tests.
- Investigated different materials for properties of insulating ability, water absorption and strength.
- Measured and recorded results from various tests.
- Observed a demonstration of the property of fire resistance in different fabrics.