The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

4C News

The 4C boys had a wonderful Winter Term filled with fun and excitement. We began the term with a scientific approach to our third unit of inquiry, ‘How we organise ourselves’. The boys enjoyed learning about the scientific process through a variety of hands-on experiments. They investigated acids and chemical reactions that result in new materials. The boys created balloon rockets and marble roller coasters to investigate different forces and collect data. We enjoyed reading about famous scientists such as Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison during our English lessons. It was very interesting to learn about their achievements and how they changed the world.

Our current unit of inquiry, ‘Where we are in place and time’ saw us investigate how exploration can lead to discoveries that present challenges and opportunities. The boys learned about the first voyage of Captain Cook and enjoyed creating a timeline and map of his journey. Additionally, they completed a research task about an explorer of their choice. The boys created an amazing treasure chest that contains a map, a timeline of the explorer's life, artefacts that they could have found and a journal entry. This week we will be focusing on life in 18th Century England and the reasons that led to the colonisation of Australia. Using historical sources, the boys will research the life of an individual settler or convict before and after their arrival on the First Fleet. Our final task will be a historical narrative that explains how life has changed and/or stayed the same in Australia.

The boys have been working hard to put together an entertaining assembly item for Grandparent’s Day. We are looking forward to welcoming our wonderful grandparents to Scotch on Friday. All in all, it has been a fantastic year so far in 4C.

Miss Olivia Creagh
Year 4 Teacher