Virtual Excursion – Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo
The Year 2 Girls have demonstrated resilience and adaptability over the recent times of Remote Learning and although many things have changed, one thing in particular has not, their joy for exploring and learning.
On Thursday, the girls had a wonderful time visiting Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo for a virtual excursion.
On our return to the classroom, the girls created posters demonstrating some of the things they had learned, drew pictures of their favourite animal, researched additional facts about their chosen animal and learned to read the coordinates on a map to help find where the animals were located at the zoo.
Did you know that cheetahs have between 2,000 and 3,000 spots; that the tail of a red panda is as long as its body; that koalas sleep between 18 and 20 hours each day and that there are 28 species of Ibis?
And did you know that everyone in Year 2A had a wonderful time on our excursion and learnt a lot of new information and facts?
Year 2 Girls’ Junior School Classroom Teacher
Science Literacy in the Year 3 classroom
Students at Tintern are supported to be flexible thinkers and to engage in genuine practices of science. Activities such as: investigating, questioning, and exercising curiosity are ways interest in STEM subjects are captured and sustained.
Science literacy and the ability to articulate thinking is an essential part of the scientific experience. At the Year 3 level, ways of communicating in STEM subjects have to go beyond just text. Visual modes such as graphs, models, and videos are powerful ways for students to represent their learning. Even better is when students invent and author their visual interpretations of their understanding. Girls in 3A have begun this journey by exploring labelled diagrams.
Last term, during a study of Antarctica, students were awed by recent findings of a large number of species that lived under the ice shelves. Sea spiders, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, and sea urchins are some of the organisms that live on the seafloor in complete darkness. These creatures are dazzling in appearance, giant in size and interestingly, they are bioluminescent. Year 3s were inspired to design an underwater Antarctic lifeform – which could create its own light source. Designs were modelled with salt dough and were complete with an led light to represent the bioluminescence.
Labelled diagrams were drawn to explain and describe the imagined lifeforms. Drawings showed shape, size, and parts. Each labelled diagram contained a title, a drawing with labels to describe and explain the part, and a scale. Year 3s set up an Exploratorium on the topic of labelled diagrams to share our learning. Students from other year levels are invited to visit our display to see the work up close and to ‘explore’ by drawing a labelled diagram of our model penguin.
Ms Karen Dang
Girls’ Year 3 Teacher