I realised that I have been very tardy and haven’t posted anything so far this year. I have had the wonderful opportunity to take on a new teaching role at Hampton Park Primary School as their Science and STEM specialist. I have been busy adapting to the new school and their new purpose built learning centre that houses the Digital Technologies Lab, Science Lab and STEM/ART room.
Having finally settled my feet I thought it was time to resume blogging. With the most recent activities being completed this week, I thought it was time to share some of the awesome highlights of what is happening!
The completion of the Aquaponics tower was done in time for the official opening of the new buildings at Hampton Park Primary. The aquaponics consists of a hydroponics tower with the ability to grow plants and an aquaculture tank (although I don’t think we’ll be eating the goldfish 🙂 )
The Prep students have been studying living things this term and they are all eager to meet our new pets. Over the coming week the Prep classes will name the 3 goldfish we are rearing.
The Grade 3/4 students have started planting their own plants as a part of their botany study this term. Classes voted on their preferred vegetable, herb, fruit or flower to grow. A few test seeds planted last week have already started to shoot up and grow in the aquaponics tower too.
Grade 5/6 students have been learning about microbiology. Today was a great opportunity to learn how and why a microscope works to then explore the surprising details of the world around them in miniature. From spores of a lily to wings of a butterfly, the students were in awe of the little details that they would miss without the resources we have at Hampton Park Primary. In the coming weeks students will be collecting and culturing their own biological samples as they continue to investigate the micro-worlds around us.