Term 4 - Week 3

Hi Class 8,

This week I would like you to have a play with a spreadsheet program (I have used Excel or Numbers).

  1. Find some data. Gather the wattage of some appliances in your home. Ask your parents if they can give you the cents per kilowatt-hour price their electricity company charges them. (Written as ?? c/kWh on the bill.)

  2. Put the values into the spreadsheet using the video link below as a guide. Use formulas to calculate how much it costs to run each appliance for a given numbers of minutes or hours.

  3. Graph you data in a spreadsheet. This will take a bit of playing with - but see what you can do, or change.

  4. Email me your spreadsheet. This is so I can see that you have used formulas.

Thanks all, look forward to seeing you in person next week!


Term 4 - Week 2

Hi Class 8,

This week we will take a very brief look at using a word processor, setting up folders to save your school work in, saving your work, saving or exporting your work as a pdf and finally, emailing your pdf file as an attachment.

I have included a document that goes through all of these things, as well as a video to demonstrate some aspects. The video starts with what I would like your document to include and how to format it. Setting up a new folder and saving your work starts at 10:25, Saving your work as a pdf starts around 13:15, and emailing your work as an attachment starts at 15:22. It is a long video so I thought I'd help you skip around if you already know how to do certain things. Also, I start with Microsoft Word, but at about 8:05 I introduce some other applications you can use, depending on what you have access to.

Mostly, I would like you type up an experiment from last term and email it to me as BOTH a Word (or Pages) file AND a pdf. (Programs other than these. will have an option to save as a Word file.)

Have a great week1


Term 4 - Week 1

Hi Class 8,

I am going to take the opportunity to use your science time to get familiar with your emails, word processing and spreadsheet applications. The first week will need to be done ASAP on Monday so you can get your link to the Class meeting. However, you can complete the reply email on Tuesday. This will help us know that you've got everything working!

Guidelines for submitting work via email:
Always use your school email account or a parents email.
  • Reply to any email. 

    • This is to confirm to your teacher that you have seen and received the email.

    • It only needs to be a simple “Thanks”. 

    • You can always add more if you have a question.

  • Use formal language.

    • Set out your email or reply with letter writing conventions.

    • Check your spelling and grammar.

  • Give your email a subject.

    • English week 1. Or Main Lesson Tuesday Week 2. Etc.

  • Any files that are sent should be saved with your name and subject.

    • i.e. Esme W2 German.

  • Compile work into one file.

    • A series of photographs could be included in a single word document and then sent. 

    • This may take you 5 minutes, but if your teacher has to do that for 20 students it could take over an hour and a half.

  • Be aware of the size of files.

    • Send small photo files.

    • Change a word document to a pdf

    • You can reduce a file size in word by selecting FILE REDUCE FILE SIZE (in the top toolbar) and then changing the selection from ‘Print 220ppi’ to ‘Email ‘96ppi’.

    • Contact your teacher if you are having difficulty emailing a large file that cannot be reduced.

Email Task:

Please include this in your email to me.


1. Go for a walk around the streets near you and observe the power lines. I would like you to describe the different configurations of power lines that you come across. This should take about 2 paragraphs.


For example: On the street I live, there are two levels of power lines, the lower level has four lines, the upper level has three lines that are bundled together. Around the corner, there are no power lines, but just power poles and the lines must go underground. And so on...

2. Sit in your backyard (or walk around your property) and observe the wildlife that you see. You could intricately describe a bird you watch and it's behaviour and mannerisms, or come up with a very short story (2 paragraphs) based on the interactions of wildlife you have seen in your backyard.

For example: While I am working away I am constantly pulled away by the birds in the Waratah tree. I see them flapping around from flower to flower to get the nectar. I believe the birds I see at the moment are Wattle birds, but I'm not sure, and these are not the only birds I see throughout the day in this tree. (Now I'm not the most creative writer, but I hope you get the point.)

Term 3

Hi Class 8 students,


Below you will find links to a pdf copy of each of the experiments I would like you to undertake. Week 5 is a week for you to catch up on any reports that you need to finish and time to start thinking about the Week 6 experiment you would like to undertake.

I will not require any work to be submitted over these weeks, but would like each experiment to be written up in your Science book. 

Please feel free to contact me by calling the school or having a parent email me at 

I am happy to answer any questions to help you work through these experiments.


Updated requirements 10th August

Hi Class 8 students,


Due to the ongoing learn at home program I am changing my requirement about submitting work.

After the scheduled class for Week 5 (this Tuesday 11th August) would you please email me copies of the first three experiments. I am happy to help work out the best way for you to submit these if you have difficulties. My email address is included above. 

Please ensure your name is in on each sheet of paper before you photograph or scan it - this will help me when my printer puts all the pages on the floor!

If you have already decided on an experiment or area you would like to conduct an experiment for, please let me know via email as well. 

I will provide work for the last 3 weeks before the 25th August.


Update 24th August

Hi Class 8 students,


I am going to try something a little different, as I don't know how many of you can keep trying the experiment and report type of system. 

Each week I will provide a piece of text looking at some key aspects of each of the areas of study. At the bottom of the text there will be some questions for you to complete in your science books. Please do the best you can, and if it is too much reading or you have any difficulties, please let me know as soon as possible. (My email is above - and I will get back to you as soon as possible.) 


Update 9th September 

Hi Class 8 students,


I have been a little inspired by the sunlight we have recently had for this weeks task. I would like you to watch a short video on iView - "How does sunscreen work?" (The link is below.)

Then I would like you to think about the following questions and answer them in your science book with the title "sunlight and our skin".

1. What was the sun protection tips? Have you seen that message before? Have your parents?

2. What does SPF stand for?

3. Which part of the spectrum is damaging for our skin? 

4. How do we come up with our SPF ratings? What does the the number mean? (i.e. what does SPF 15 mean?)

5. What SPF rating is thick hair?

6. What affects the UPF rating of clothing?

7. What is recommend to wear at the beach? 

8. What did you think of this short video?  - (What was droll? What was funny? What did you learn that you didn't          know before?... etc)

9. What was not addressed in this video? 

10. How will this knowledge affect your "sun-aware" behaviour as we come into summer this year?

Good luck, and have a great holiday. We will see you some time net term!


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