Category Archives: Science

Exploring light and reflection

Year 6 have started their science unit this week – light and electricity.

So far the children have explored light and reflection. During the first lesson the children discussed what light is, different types of light sources and how light helps us to see things. The chidden have demonstrated their understanding of how light enables us to see things through drawing some brilliant diagrams and writing explanations.

In the second lesson, the children explored reflection. They had an opportunity to investigate reflection using a torch, irrelevant and a target piece of paper. After they had spent time exploring, the children were introduced to a periscope. This is a device that enables people to see around, under and above different objects/obstructions. Again, the children did a fantastic job of demonstrating their understanding of what they had learnt with some fantastic work.

As we currently can’t provide children with the opportunity to share their excellent work in assemblies like we usually would, I thought I would share some of the excellent work below.

Global warming

Year 6 have been learning all about the environment; in particular – global warming. They have been studying how our planet is changing and what affects unbalanced gases are having on our climates. Today we carried out an experiment to simulate the ice caps melting. Our results were conclusive…we now know that if we don’t make some serious changes to the way we do things on our planet, it will be destroyed!

The Solar System

In science this term, Year 6 are looking at Light, Earth and Space. To start the topic we discussed what we already knew about the solar system and the planets that are within it. After learning a few facts and sharing our knowledge, we went outside to work in two groups. Each group were given a set of equipment and had to work really hard as a team to recreate the solar system on the playground.

Green Fire

Year 6 witnessed Mrs Croft carrying out an experiment to make Green Fire today. The children saw what happens when chemicals are mixed together. They have been learning how the changes that occur are irreversible,
and after half term they will be carrying out their own experiment to test their theories.

Video: 60-second film all about smart meters

Year 6 Eagles class have produced 60-second films all about smart meters.

The nationwide competition, orgainised by EON was setup to encourage primary and secondary school pupils to think about smart meters in a fun and engaging way.

Pupils were being encouraged to write, produce and record a 60-second film all about smart meters, including information about what they are, the benefits they can bring and how they can help consumers use less energy and save money on their energy bills.

All Eagles class produced their own films, below are two examples.

Leo, Joshua B and Sahara

Chloe, Lola and Dharma

Climate change scripts

Year 6 have built on their learning about climate change an the need to act in an environmentally friendly manner, writing scripts to advertise smart meters.

The children have carefully considered people’s attitudes to environmental matters and saving energy so that they have been able to create adverts that effectively persuade the viewer to change their behaviours and to use a Smart Meter.

Throughout the process they have collaborated brilliantly in small groups and shown tremendous creativity with varied ideas to hook their audience.

Investigating plants

Year 6 have spent this half term investigating plants. On Friday they progressed to dissecting and investigating the different parts of a flowering plants. They worked with great care, using microscopes to see the detailed structure of each part, linking its form to its function.

“It was very interesting seeing the different parts of a plant,” said Daneil.

Hanson enthusiastically commented, “I saw some wonderful patterns while looking at the plants through the microscope.”

Global warming

The children have been very engaged learning about global warming over the past few weeks.

Having identified a range of different factors that directly contribute to global warming, they have started to create a adverts for a ‘smart meter’. The smart meter could enable families to identify how they are using energy and to plan how to use it more efficiently – saving energy and money for the families.