March 2

Cool Coloured Milk Experiment

This week we completed our very first experiment as part of our Science-based Inquiry.  Here are the instructions in case you’d like to have a go at home.

What you need:

  • 1 cup full-cream milk
  • 4 different food colourings
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • A medium-sized bowl (we used plastic plates)
  • Cotton bud

What to do:

  1. Pour the milk into the bowl.
  2. Place one drop of each of your colours into the milk, keep the drops close together.
  3. Dip the cotton bud into the dishwashing liquid.
  4. Dip the cotton bud into the milk.
  5. Watch the colours swirl around.

Here is a youtube clip that we watched showing the experiment.


We worked in groups and were able to create some really beautiful patterns in the milk.

Here are some of our observations:

I saw colours moving into the milk and they were swirling around. Olivia

I saw a green circle. Maddex

I saw lovely colours and it was cool. Mikayla

During the milk experiment I saw the colours swirling. Fletcher

I saw a rainbow. It was colourful. Sidney

When I put the dishwashing liquid in, the dye ran away. Riley W

I saw that when we put the dishwashing liquid in with the milk and food colouring, the food colouring ran away and made awesome patterns. Sarah

I saw lots of patterns and colours. Jamieson

I saw lots of colours. Cohen

I saw that the colours went into a star. Sienna

I saw a seahorse and a rainbow. Bradley

When I put drops in, it moved around. William

I saw the food colouring going away. Eve

I saw a rainbow star. It was green. Shayla

I saw colours drop in the bowl. It was beautiful. Madison

I saw a rainbow star and we mixed the colours. Lilah

When I put the dishwashing liquid in and the food colouring in, the green turned into a star. Salini

I saw a rainbow. Tyson

The detergent pushed the colours. Kody

When we mixed the cool coloured milk it went all rainbow coloured. Georgia

When we put the dishwashing liquid in it looked like it [food dye] was running away. Zoe


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Why does it happen?

The fat and protein molecules in the milk are altered by the soap. This causes them to roll around. Once the soap molecules have mixed evenly with the fat and protein molecules in the milk the motion will stop. So keep adding drops of dishwashing liquid when the action slows down.


Did you try this at home? Leave us a comment and tell us about it. :)

March 2

Learning about our new classmates

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As part of our Learning to Learn Inquiry or #getinmybrain as some teachers like to put it, we brought in bags of things that told our classmates some things about us. We were able to show favourite toys, colours, photographs of our families, pets and many more things.


Can you work out what the items represent?

Leave us a comment please :)

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March 2

What went on in the first few days?

Here we are looking all rested, enthusiastic and excited on our first day of the 2016 school year. Hope you enjoy our slideshow!



During the first few days we did a lot of activities to learn about each other.

One of the ‘get to know you’ activities was a bingo page where we had to ask each other questions and record students’ names.

We needed to find a friend:

– who likes camping

– who likes the beach

– who likes ice-cream

– who likes football

(Just to name a few)

We also had some time during the first couple of days to choose an activity and have some ‘down time’.

What was your favourite part of being back at school?

Leave us a comment please :)