In Year One we have been trying to answer our learning question ‘What materials would the Naughty bus use to build a shelter for the passengers?’
We started learning the names of lots of different materials and sorting a range of objects depending on what they are made from.
We thought about the importance of choosing the correct material for each job. Different materials have different properties and we thought about which properties a shelter would need. We decided that a shelter needed to be strong and waterproof to keep the passengers dry if it was raining. We also talked about materials being transparent so the passengers could see the bus coming!
We did an investigation to test different materials to see which ones would be waterproof and keep the passengers dry. We put a person with their ticket in each jar and made a roof with different materials and poured water over the top to see which roof kept the passenger and ticket dry.
We used all this knowledge to design and build our own us shelters.
We evaluated our shelters by writing about all the things that worked well and something that we would do differently if we wanted to build another shelter.
On Friday, Year 4 visited the trees we planted last year as part of our ‘we care for our world’ campaign (Article 24- the right to grow in a healthy environment). We talked about how we can continue to look after the trees so that they grow well, talking about photosynthesis and the process of making food. We then weeded the area around the bottom of the trees so that we could ensure less competition for water from various roots.
Today we challenged the children to observe an object, from very close up, and describe what they could see. Then zoom out gradually and discuss step by step what they could see and make predictions based on their prior knowledge. Sometimes the object might be familiar objects and other times they are completely unfamiliar objects and the children have to call on their real-world learning to make predictions as to what the object might be. This activity encourages the children to think scientifically and carefully about each image at each stage before the final image is revealed. Today’s image had a link to our LCC topic – Why should the rainforest be important to us all?
Last Friday Year Three children investigated which materials are magnetic and which are not. They had great fun and really enjoyed discovering which items were magnetic for themselves. They learnt new vocabulary including ‘attract’ and ‘repel’ and discovered not all metals are magnetic. There was lots of science-talk and ’wow’ moments to be had, with lots of children saying they were going to continue their investigating at home!
In Year Six this week, children have been designing and making their own lighthouses out of recycled materials. They then used their knowledge of electrical cicuits to add lights and switches to their models to make real, working light houses – how fantastic!
Year One chidlren have been learning about the different plants that live in their gardens and local area. In class they talked about trees and whether they thought they were all the same or different. The children were able to recognise that all trees have similarities such as a trunk, branches and leaves, with some children even knowing that “they give us oxygen”. The chidlren suggested that not all plants and trees are the same, becuase they have noticed differences in the colour of their leaves and the texture of their bark.
They went out to the school field and had a look at the different leaves they could find. They used wax crayons to make leave rubbings to show the different shapes and textures of the leaves.
When they returned to class they answered this ‘mastery’ question, using the evidence they had gathered from their first-hand observations and leaf rubbings: “Are all trees the same or different? How can you tell?”
In Year Three we have been learning all about flowering plants. On Friday, we recapped our learning about the different parts of flowering plants: The roots, the stem, the leaves and the flower. As a class, we ‘flashed-back’ to our learning last week about ‘water transportation’ within a plant and talk partners explained the function of each part to one another.
They then used their observational skills to carefully sketch each part of the plant. The children were encouraged to look really closely at what they were drawing and, in doing so, they noticed lots of interesting details. There was lots of ‘science-talk’ as the children excitedly discussed and shared what they were seeing with each other. To ensure they didn’t miss anything, some children even used magnifying lenses to make even closer observations!
In Science Club we have been observing how our courgette plants are growing. They have really grown over the last two weeks, we think it is because of all the lovely warm weather and sunshine we have been having! Year Three children have also been really good at keeping these ‘thirsty’ plants watered, as they have been learning about water transportation in plants and they really understand how vital water is for a plant to live and grow!
Can you identify the courgette flower? Can you see where courgettes are forming?