Working with Watercolours

We studied Mount Wellington as part of our History work. First, we went outside to look at the mountain and then we used watercolour paints to copy from a photograph. We started by sketching the outline of the Mountain with pencil, then we used a big brush to cover the paper with a blue wash. After that we used smaller brushes to add the details of the foreground (the trees) the mid- ground (the Organ Pipes) and the background (the sky and the TV and radio antennas.)

Have you created a painting with watercolours? What did you create? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Lines of Symmetry

Last term we looked at symmetry for Maths. Something is symmetrical when it is the same on both sides. Some things have more than one line of symmetry. We made some patterns using the pattern blocks and we had to write how many lines of symmetry our patterns had. We also looked at symmetry in snowflakes and in flowers. Here are some of our patterns.

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Can you think of something that is symmetrical?

Talking about the Tasman Bridge

Tissue Paper Collage FerryWe have been talking about the history of the Tasman Bridge. We made a timeline of the significant events in the history of the Bridge.


Tissue Paper Collage 2Did you know that the Tasman Bridge is fifty years old this year? We read on Wikipedia that a man from Clarence Council said that the Tasman Bridge has only another twenty years because it got damaged when the Lake Illawarra crashed into it.

So we designed some new Tasman Bridges.

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We had to think about how our bridge would look from the side, from above and from the end.

 Can you share a fun fact about the Tasman Bridge? We would love to read what you know!

Following Along with An Adventurer

1/2 MW had a very special visitor to our class. Andrew Hughes from Adventure Class came to talk to us about this year’s expedition. He is going to camp in the Florentine Valley to look for undiscovered caves. Andrew looked at a map from a satellite and it showed some bumps called sinkholes. Andrew thinks there might be caves underneath these bumps and he is going to spend four weeks to find out. 1/2MW is going to follow his adventures online though the website. We can ask Andrew questions, read about his discoveries and find out all about caves. We are very excited!

What do you imagine you might see in a newly discovered cave? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

1/2 W shares Science

In our class we did an experiment about floating and sinking. We used a water trolley filled with water. We tested some balls and a bottle with some string tied to the top to see if they were floating or sinking. We also worked on the science of push and pull.