Health Expo

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Yesterday on the 24th June the Seniors presented all of their hard work on a part of the body. My presentation was on the eyes. I had been learning about the eyes over the past 3 weeks. Everyone put in a lot of hard work bringing in props from home or even going to the butcher to get a body part. Overall I had an awesome time and I hope that all the other students learnt something too.

I really enjoyed the Health Expo. It was fun to be able to teach the other students in the school about the body systems and organs. The other students asked challenging questions and they were really tuned in.

This term we had a health expo. It was fun as we presented lots of posters and some students brought in animal organs to touch and explain body organs. My research was on the heart. It is an involuntary muscle, meaning that it works by itself and it will never stop pumping until you die.

I feel that sharing all of our information with the whole school about the human body so that they can tell their friends and family also. What was even better is learning from each other.

It is important to keep our bodies healthy. It was great to learn about different parts of the body and to share it with the whole school. It helped me to understand the importance of a healthy body.

I enjoyed having the Health Expo because I had the chance to find out what other students had learnt about. I enjoyed learning about the ear and giving people hearing tests.

I enjoyed doing the Health Expo because everyone’s research was all set up in the Discovery Centre. There were many different models and body parts. I also made a model of an eye out of playdough.

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I like doing the Expo in the Discovery Centre because parents, teachers and other students came in for a look and learned about the body systems. We could share what we had discovered. I researched the muscles and found out that the average human has over 670 muscles.

I thought that the Health Expo was a great experience to learn all about the Lungs. I learnt that the lungs can hold up to 2.5 litres of air which is enough to blow up a whole balloon.

I learnt that your brain needs mental and physical exercise. I also learnt that when you sleep it boosts your brain power and you are able to remember things that happened in your past. I loved other people’s presentations and how they brought in things to do like puzzles and challenges. Some people brought in fruit and vegetables for healthy eating. Everything went really well and I enjoyed it.

The Circulatory System

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Today a guest speaker, Lydia, from Monash came in to speak to us about her job as a Scientist and facts about the circulatory System. I learnt many new things about the heart. The boom boom sounds from your heart actually comes from the valves pumping the blood not the heart itself.

I learnt where the blood travels through the body from the heart to the lungs, around the body, back to your lungs then back to your heart. It takes 28 seconds to pump blood around your entire body.

You can listen to your heart through a stethoscope. WE got to touch a heart, lungs and a liver. Each organ had a very different texture.
Some other facts I discovered were:

  • we have red and white blood cells
  • we have platelets that make our blood clot
  • blood travels along arteries and veins and capillaries
  • our blood carries oxygen from our lungs around our body
  • the watery liquid in blood is plasma
  • more women die from heart disease than cancer

Student Directed Learning

In groups we have researched and become experts on different body systems.
Each group presented their learning using posters, slideshows and oral talks, to share the new knowledge. Each group answered the questions:

  • What are the main parts of the system?
  • How does this system work?
  • How does this system contribute to the well being of my body?
  • How do I keep this system healthy?

Here is a snapshot of some of their outstanding work.

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Brain Health

Maureen MacMahon Collage

Mrs MacMahon, Daniel’s Mum and a Physiotherapist, came to talk to us about brain health. She works with patients who have suffered from serious brain injuries or problems. We learnt about the different parts of the brain and how to protect our brains. It is very important to wear bike helmets when riding bikes and scooters. It is also important to wear a seat belt in the car.
It was interesting to hear about how we can develop our brains and how to look after them with a healthy diet.
We were lucky enough to receive a small squishy brain each, which helped us to understand the parts and structure of the brain. Mrs MacMahon was a great expert and a real expert in brain health.
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Nurse Bernie visits the Seniors

As we are learning about Body Systems we have invited in our parents, who work in the health industry to come and visit. This week we very lucky to have Bernie come and share her expertise about being a neo natal nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
I learnt that all the cords and wires that are attached to the tiny new born babies is just to help them survive. They check the baby’s heartbeat and breathing. It gives the baby milk also. At the hospital they have a mini zoo and aquarium, classrooms and a playroom for the older children. I really enjoyed learning about what Bernie does. It sounds like a very happy job to have.
At the Royal Children’s Hospital they have a play room that is strictly for having fun. No medical staff are allowed to go in there. They also have a movie theatre there. I learnt about how much the nurses help the new born babies. It is great to see them go home stronger and healthier.

Healthy Bodies

Welcome back to Term 2. Our Inquiry Learning this term will look at “How our personal choices impact our health.

We will also develop the following understandings:

  • The human body is a complex¬† system that can be affected by the choices we make
  • Each body system has a vital role in the healthy functioning of our body
  • We have a responsibility to make choices that are going to keep our bodies healthy

Local Shop Keepers enhancing our Learning

What a wonderful day we had as we walked the 2 kilometers through the back streets of Forest Hill, to make our way to the Fresh Food Market.
The Butchers at Denches were very entertaining as they led us through their Huge Refrigerator and into the cutting room.
The Fishmongers came out to share all their knowledge on eating and prepapring Fish, while supplying us with a delicious tasting platter.
The Baker shared freshly baked rolls with us all as we smelt the delights of the many interesting loaves and explored their kitchen.
Khoi at the Asian Grocers was fascinating as he explained the unique flavours and vegetables used in Asian cooking.
What a fantastic learning experience!