The Five Senses in Pre-Primary
During this term LA4 has been learning about the five senses to observe the world around us. The Five Senses are Sight, Taste, Touch, Smell and Sound. We have been using our senses to explore the properties of different materials.
To accompany our literature unit on Goldilocks and the Three Bears earlier this term we used our sense of smell and taste to try porridge with sugar, with salt and with no flavours added and we graphed our favourites.
Another one of our experiments included an investigation to see what recyclable materials are suitable for floating. We had a range of materials such as plastic bottles, foam trays, fabric, paper, paperclips, pencils, blocks, lids and yogurt pots. Our year 6 helpers Sienna and Maddy assisted us to conduct a test in the water trolley and water trough in our class. We used our senses of sight and touch to describe the properties. We had to use describing words, called adjectives, to describe what properties made each item float or sink. Aidan B said “The foam tray is large and flat which helps it to float.” Jayden said the metal paperclip was small and hard so it will sink.”
Asja said “The plastic bottle will be waterproof if the lid is closed. The water can’t get through plastic”
We then had to design and make a boat for Technology and Enterprise using the knowledge we had acquired during our floating and sinking investigation. We were amazed at the students’ ability to construct a labelled plan, and flexibly use the recycled resources available to build their boats using care and cooperation, even solving problems if the piece they planned to use was no longer available.
Balin included a yogurt pot tied to the side of his boat. “I made an air bubble on the side of my boat that will help it float.”
Zander used a meat tray “because it is light and will make a good bottom for a boat.”
Taj M attached a wooden spoon under his meat tray to make the boat stable. When asked about this he said “I’ve seen lots of boats with propellers or the bit under the middle.”