Living things and their habitats - classification of plants, trees and animals
It has been a very interesting and busy week in Class 6. We have researched and written non-chronological reports on the work of famous botanist Carl Linnaeus and presented them beautifully in our Science books. We have sorted animals/plants and trees according to their 'kingdoms' and developed this further by then sorting them based on other areas of the classification ladder. We worked on a project given to us from the 'National Confectionery Association' who wanted us to sort out their sweets into different species and give each species a name based on Latin. After that, we went out into the school playing fields to look at the plants, trees and flowers that we have in our outdoor environment and collected a sample to bring back into class. These were then studied with a magnifying glass to help us produce accurate botanical illustrations of a range of species. Finally, we researched the habitats of some unusual species of animals and then used these facts to help us design our own new species and write a written description including where it may live, what it might eat and how it would be adapted to its environment.
Investigating how filters affect the colours we see.
Exploring how lenses, such as the lenses in our eyes, work to focus light.
We made our own colour wheels to investigate the colour spectrum.
Labelling parts of the eye and describing the different functions of each part...
Looking at the effects of refraction using water. Refraction happens when light passes through a medium such as water or glass which changes the speed that the light travels. This results in the light bending and changing direction giving the illusion that objects are bent or broken.
Making and using periscopes to investigate how reflection helps us to see. Did you know that periscopes are used on submarines to see above the water’s surface and were also used by soldiers in WW1 to see above the trenches?
We investigated how we can change the size of a shadow through carrying out a fair test. The variables we decided to keep the same were: the light source, the opaque object, the surface the shadow projects on to and the intervals of distance we measured the shadow at. The one variable we decided to change was the distance between the light source and the opaque object. After carrying out the investigation, we wrote it up as a scientific report.
Properties and Changes of Materials
Creating different mixtures of materials and using a range of methods to separate them again including sieving, evaporating, filtering and using magnets. We also made observations of different solutions to find out if a material was soluble or insoluble.
Learning about the different properties of materials and the definition of these properties.
Earth and Space
What better way to end our first week than making marshmallow star constellations. Can you work out which constellations we have made? They look amazing!
The universe in a box! Creating our own box models of the universe to show the different star constellations we can see during the different seasons.
Modelling the movement of the Earth, sun and moon.
Making our own view finders to test the movement of the earth. We used these to model the earths orbit around the sun.
Using Question Quibble to generate scientific questions about earth and space.
Using a range of different sized balls to show the comparative size of the sun, moon and Earth. We found the closest comparisons were using the gym ball to represent the sun, the marble to represent Earth and a dried pea to represent the moon.
Health Week - W.C 3/9.18
Well what a fantastic start to the new academic year! We kick started our Health Week by learning all about nutrition and how to maintain a healthy balanced diet. We made healthy snacks to enjoy in class such as fruit kebabs, houmous, wraps and pitta pockets.