Out of this world at Palmyra Pri­mary

Melville Times - - Front Page -

STU­DENTS were amazed by a me­te­orite that “landed” on the Palmyra Pri­mary School grounds last week.

Although the land­ing was staged and the me­te­orite made of foam, the pupils learnt some valu­able skills as part of Na­tional Sci­ence Week.

Sci­ence co-or­di­na­tor and pre-pri­mary teacher Jes­sica Arthur said she wanted to ig­nite the chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tion.

“I’ve seen a sim­i­lar project done at other schools and we wanted to the kids to use their imag­i­na­tions as well as ask some sci­en­tific ques­tions about how it got there,” she said.

“We are hop­ing to stim­u­late some writ­ing as next week is Book Week and we want to cre­ate a link be­tween English and sci­ence.”

Mrs Arthur said the project linked to the Per­seids, which is a me­teor shower that can be seen in Au­gust.

“The con­struc­tion of the me­te­orite took place last term with par­ent Jess Spaven help­ing put it to­gether with Ex­panda Foam, wired mesh and dry ice,” she said.

“The kids were so ex­cited about the me­te­orite and they asked so many ques­tions, although there was a healthy level of scep­ti­cism, which is good. Classes are tak­ing part in lessons around the me­te­orite, in­clud­ing my pre-pri­mary stu­dents who are creat­ing models and draw­ings.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485620

Year 6 stu­dents Colby Gannon, El­lie Ni­chols, Lach­lan God­frey and Ri­ley Heppekausen in­ves­ti­gate the me­te­orite.

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