LA 26 Under the Microscope

This term we have been learning about electricity and electrical circuits. We made our own electrical circuits using wire, a battery and a globe. We then experimented with little motors and tried to make our own fans. It was a lot of fun.

We learnt that electrons flow around the circuit, and if there is a break in the circuit the globe or motor will stop working. We then constructed parallel circuits so that we could have more than one light working independently of each other.

We will be using these skills in T & E where we will be constructing our own room with a light and a fan.

LA 20 Year 5 Under the Microscope

This term the students in LA 20 are learning about the physics of light.  We’ve begun to engage in the topic by discussing what we already know about light and generating questions about what we would like to find out over the term.  We’ve been nearly completely paperless too, as we’re using an ebook with interactive activities and worksheets!  Yesterday we investigated “peek boxes” so that we can draw ray diagrams to describe how light travels.

LA 16 Under the Microscope

In LA16 we’ve been investigating what happens when different liquids and materials are mixed together. We had lots of fun making our own glittery lava lamps. We made the base to our lava lamps using a plastic bottle, black card and lots of glitter and sequins. Then came the exciting part! First, we used a funnel to fill our plastic bottles one third full of water. We then poured in cooking oil, filling our bottles nearly to the top. After that, we added 5 drops of our favourite food colouring. Next came the magical part! We dropped an Alka Seltzer tablet into our bottles and watched the magic happen! There were lots of beautiful bubbles which rose to the surface then dropped again. It was just like a real lava lamp J

After making our lava lamps in class we were very keen to do the same thing at home, to show our brothers and sisters. So, to help us to make our own home made lava lamps, we wrote a set of instructions explaining what to do.

LA 4 Under the Microscope

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.”

LA 5 Under the Microscope

Muds and Suds

This term we have been studying the Science of cleanliness.  We began by reading Mrs Wishy Washy 1and then we role played how Mrs Wishy Washy cleaned the animals.  We then had a real dog, ‘Titch’ come to our class and we all had a turn at washing and 2drying him.  We found out that it is important to keep our pets clean for both their own health and the health of the people they live with too.

Titch was really well behaved while we washed, cleaned and dried him!