Posts made in October, 2012

Can you name the 4 great inventions of ancient China?

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations

Can you name the 4 great inventions of ancient China?

Today, we went on a fascinating field trip to the Beijing Science and Technology Museum. We visited the Chinese Legacies Exhibit. We were looking for the 4 great inventions of ancient China: paper gunpowder compass printing We learned so much more! There were wonderful models, moving machines and hands-on activities. We all practiced an ancient printing technique. We also learned about how the stars were observed, how time was kept, ancient medicines, water power, trade routes, weaving...

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Halloween? We call it Science!

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 in General

Halloween?  We call it Science!

Today, we had a very exciting interruption to our day! Mrs Trussler, the Secondary School Science teacher, told us that a delivery of dry ice had arrived at school. How exciting!  We raced upstairs to the Science lab for a wonderful lesson on states of matter. We watched in awe as the dry ice behaved differently in the air, on the table, in water and in a soap mixture. We learned that dry ice is actually solid carbon dioxide, which has frozen at a temperature of -78 degrees Celsius. We learned...

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Describe the future in 100 words.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations, English

Describe the future in 100 words.

As we study ancient history, we have taken the opportunity to review concepts of past, present and future. While we research the lives of ancient people, we’ve also had fun imagining the lives of future generations. Our creative writing prompt this week came from the City Kids & Parents Magazine. What will the world be like in 100 years? Here are a few of our 100-word descriptions: 100 Years in the Future       Now, let’s narrow our thinking to the next decade:...

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Wandering through the Ancient World

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations

Wandering through the Ancient World

Today, we left our classroom and wandered through the ancient world. (Well, almost!) We spent the day at World Park, hunting for ancient architecture. With a map and a team, we navigated our way through ancient China, Rome, Egypt and Greece. We found, touched and climbed on replicas of many famous buildings. Our favorites were the pyramids, the Parthenon, the Colosseum and the Trojan Horse. We made notes about interesting features and discussed the ratio of size between the replica and the...

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Geometry Hunters: Ancient Greek legacies in our school!

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations, Maths

Geometry Hunters: Ancient Greek legacies in our school!

Did you know that the ancient Greeks made lots of mathematical discoveries? This week, we have been looking at ancient architecture and learning about lines, angles and 2D shapes. We still use ancient Greek geometry in our art, architecture, music and games today. In small groups, we hunted for geometry around our school. We earned a point for every mathematical legacy we could find, name and measure. Here is a group of Geometry Hunters and their findings:     What did you learn...

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