Ancient Egypt!

As a part of our unit on Ancient Civilisations, we are studying Ancient Egypt. In three weeks we will be holding an expo that showcases our learning to our whole school community!

So far we have written letters and invitations to a famous person within Ancient Egypt as a part of our work on transactional texts. We then used Aurasma on our iPads to connect a video to them. That means that when you hold an iPad up to our letters you can see a video of us talking about our learning! We had a lot of fun creating these.

Our Ancient Egypt letters and invitations!

We have also been studying daily life in Ancient Egypt, looking at all the different roles people played in society. We have looked at pharaohs, viziers, priests, craftsman, farmers and slaves. All of this information will really help us when we begin work on our expo. We get to choose our pathway for the expo this week! We will post all about it as we complete it.

Have you ever studied Ancient Egypt? What do you find the most interesting about Ancient Egypt?

Thank you!

During the holidays we delivered all 1621 books to the Greens office who will deliver them to the refugees in Manus Island Detention Centre. We just want to say a big thank you to everyone who donated books and/or money to our cause. It was a huge success and we are very proud of what we have achieved. It was an amazing experience!

Our huge Science Day!

Today we had a HUGE day of Science.

In the morning we went to the lab to revise our knowledge of separation techniques. We had to separate sawdust, sand, salt, iron fillings and marbles. This was challenging because we had to think about what separation technique to use, rather than have Rebecca tell us.

Having fun in the lab

After recess, we went to the Science Fair held by the grade 3s in our school. We saw lots of experiments, including erupting volcanoes, goo, balloons blowing up with gas and Coca-Cola and Mentos.

Keilyann says that the science fair ‘is very smart.’

Bren says that the science fair ‘was epic!’

Now we want to have a science fair of our own!

Have you ever had a science fair?

Making Connections

In 7 Rebecca, we have been working on making connections. This means connecting the book to our lives, to the world, to other books and even making connections within the same book.

Today we worked on making connections WITHIN a book by looking at cause and effect. Here are some of the connections we made:

Navish wrote: Event – a man try to beat the fastest clap record which is 721in a minute

Result – He will be in the Guinness World Records book he got 802 in a minute

Lotto wrote: Event – Charlotte is kicked out of her pack.

Result – Charlotte LOATHED everyone In the pack, except her parents,best friend Theo and trainer Thelma. She was kicked out of her pack for being a ‘human’ because she hasn’t shifted yet. She Meets Liam, the cause of all her problems, he’s the Rogue leader who attacked her pack, she is a lot like him.

What strategies do you use while reading? What connections can you make within the book you are currently reading?

Welcome!

Welcome to 7 Rebecca’s class blog! We are a year 7 class at Manor Lakes College, which is situated in Wyndham Vale, Victoria, Australia.

We have just started term 1, so are hoping to share our learning for the rest of the  year with the world! We are looking forward to connecting with schools from other countries to find out more about how people live and learn across the world.

Here are five facts about Manor Lakes College, that we think are pretty unique:

1. We have1600 students and 200 staff members

Our school is huge! It takes ten minutes to walk from one side of the school to the other. There are seven year 7 classes!

2. We have science labs

We are lucky enough to have a building of science labs. This means that those of us who came to Manor Lakes for primary school have already dissected animals and conducted experiments! We will post more about our experiments in the future.

3. We have home groups until year 8

Unlike some secondary schools, we have home groups until year 8. This means that we have one classroom and one teacher for English, Maths, Humanities and Science. We are taught Performing Arts, Indonesian, PE and Textiles by other teachers in other rooms.

4. We all have iPads.

Manor Lakes is a 1:1 device school. What device we use depends on our year level. In years 5-8 every student buys their own iPad and brings it to school to use for our learning.

5. We are an Apple school

Every device we use in our school is Apple. The older students use MacBooks, and we use Apple TV. This is because it helps our learning by having all of the software we need to run.

What is unique or different about your school?

Is there anything else you would like to learn about our school?