Robotics club with Mrs Waghorn has begun for Term 3, 2020.

Class Projects

We have been investigating the properties of a wide variety of materials in Science this fortnight. The students from A1, A2 & A3 have discovered that even though salt gets dissolved into water we can get it back out again. They created some amazing sea creature pictures that we covered with a salt paint to represent the ocean. We knew the salt was still there because we could see it sparkling in the sunlight.

The students from A4 & A5 looked at how materials change when rolled, cut, squeezed or placed in water. The playdough was very slimy and sticky after this last change!  Our Year 4 students investigated whether materials would leak, soak or repel. The Year 5s proved that gas expands and contracts when it changes temperature and our Year 6s produced gas by combining bicarb, tartaric acid and water.

Lots of fun and mess had by all!

Science Curriculum

In Science this week we have been doing lots of experimenting. The Year 1’s were making lots of sound with their balloon bassoons. The Year 2’s have been making paper helicopters and then changing either the size or weight to see if this affects their flight. The Year 3’s found out that heat can make a spoon feel different. The Year 4’s tested out our new friction ramps. The Year 5’s wrote their own experiments relating to transparent, translucent and opaque and then had to follow other groups instructions. It wasn't as easy as it sounded! I'm sure that the Year 6’s did lots of scientific exploring at Rottnest!

Science News - Mrs Waghorn
These holidays are a great chance to get out and do some exploring. Make observations about what you discover.
• Is there anything that surprised you?
• Are your discoveries living or non-living?
• Can you explain what you are observing?

If you are after a great activity, this is one that relates to Easter! Can you make a raw egg bounce? If you want to find out how, have a look at this website: for the Bouncy Egg Science Experiment.

Let me know what happened next term when we get back to school!

Robotics club with Mrs Waghorn has begun for Term 3, 2020.

At South Thornlie Primary School children are selected to be part of a Robotics program run after school with Mrs Waghorn and Mrs Liedermoy. The children were very excited that robotics had started again for 2020. Under the explicit instruction of Mrs Waghorn, they began practising with the Spheros and iPads making sure they were in sync and that any previous data was deleted. The students then could recode the Spheros to follow new instructions and directions. This program gives students the necessary skills for coding at a higher level later in the year and encourages the use of Critical Thinking and Inquiry Based Curriculum.

Children (from year 1 through to year 6) participate in one hour of Science instruction with a specialist teacher each week. The aim of this is to increase children’s interest in learning Science with a hands on inquiry based approach and to improve their Science knowledge and understanding. We have developed programs that link into the National Curriculum and cover the four main areas of Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth & Space. The students are experiencing Science through a wide range of experiments and investigations that relate Science to their everyday lives. The instruction builds on the knowledge they have obtained in previous years. We have also set up a series of reticulated garden beds for growing vegetables outside the Science room that are used by classes from across the school.

The Science specialist has been working with a group of Primary School Science Specialists on the development of common assessment tasks. They are also developing a tracker to show student progress from one year to the next.

Seeds In Space
What’ll Happen to the Wattle?
SYDNEY - One Giant Leap Australia Foundation is sending native golden wattle seeds to the International Space Station in early December, 2020.

In collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the seeds will live in space for six months, returning to Australia in time for Science Week 2021.

Supported by the Australian Space Agency, the "What’ll happen with the wattle??!" Program is being offered to more than 150 schools, Scout Groups and Australian Air Force Cadets across Australia.

A community panel judged the applications which included 200 words and a short video, explaining what the schools would do with the wattle once it had grown.

One of the panel members said, “We have spent 5 days watching videos, entries from all over Australia. From a single teacher in a face mask in a school in Victoria to a small school in remote Northern Territory. It has been an amazing opportunity to laugh and cry our way through them.”

“Our school, South Thornlie Primary School, has been identified as one of the schools to receive the wattle seeds. We have been busy creating a Noongar Outdoor Learning Area in our playground and these wattles will be a fantastic addition to this space. We are very excited to have been selected and can’t wait to see if spending 6 months in space makes any difference to the seeds and the growth of the plants.” - Larissa Waghorn, Science Teacher.

Once selected, the chosen schools around Australia will receive wattle seeds that have flown to space, plus seeds that have not. The seeds are from the same seed lot. Students are asked to germinate and grow their seeds, recording data about the germination and seed growth. Data will be uploaded to the ‘What’ll happen to the wattle??!’ app.

Throughout the programme, One Giant Leap Australia Foundation will run teleconferences and provide educational support to participating groups.

The 12 month to 2 year project will result in the creation of a nationwide map identifying the location of Australia‘s 'space wattle’ trees.

The project is an historic opportunity for Australian schools and students.

Click the link below to view the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) media announcement:

To visit the Facebook page, click on the following link:

For further information, please contact:

Jackie Carpenter
One Giant Leap Australia Foundation
0412 326 509 Larissa Waghorn
Science Teacher
South Thornlie Primary School
08 9232 3600

Term 1 2021

In Science this term we will be looking at Biology. Biology is the study of living things, so it includes animals, insects, plants, dinosaurs and lots more. Dinosaurs are included because they were once living. In order for something to be classed as a living thing it has to be able to perform seven different processes:
• Movement - by itself, either whole body or part of their body, for example, plants will move their branches towards the sun.
• Respiration - breathe or exchange gases with the environment.
• Sensitivity - respond to the environment, for example heat or light.
• Growth - grow and change.
• Reproduction - make 'copies' of itself, or have offspring or babies.
• Excretion - get rid of waste products, for example going to the toilet or breathing out.
• Nutrition - need nutrients to survive, like food or water.

One of the best ways you can help your child this term is to get them looking at things and deciding if they are living, once living or non-living. A good time to get out in the garden or go for a walk to find the Biology in the world around us!

Larissa Waghorn

Term 2 2021 in Science we are looking at Chemistry. Chemistry is all about the properties of materials and the way that they change. One of the ways you can help your child in this area is to get them to describe the things that they encounter.

This means making observations by using your senses to experience things, what do they look like, taste like, sound like, feel like and smell like? Get them to pay attention to how these things can change. This can be changes like how water can change from a solid to a liquid to a gas, or simply how something changes when it is cut, like watermelon.

Perhaps your children can help you cook dinner and look at how the different ingredients change throughout the process.

Have fun exploring!