Year 5 Practical Investigations

What a wonderful Wednesday! Practical investigations (Working as Scientists skill 4) continued in Year 5 today.

Charlie and Archie were able to unwrap and test the sandwiches they made yesterday. They carried out a comparative test to see which type of wrapping kept the sandwiches freshest. Charlie also carried out some research and found a newspaper article online which was about the greenest way to wrap your lunch.

Kody and Elspeth discussed their ideas for a comparative test of the properties of different bottles with Lucas, our caretaker. Lucas left them a surprise at lunchtime – some solid shampoo, which they are thinking of using to compare which types of shampoo and packaging are most environmentally friendly. Elspeth discovered that bioplastic is not a simple solution to the challenges of plastic waste, she used what she found in several online articles and books to inform her opinions. Kody brought some vegetable waste and an egg in to use in their experiment – though the egg didn’t survive the trip to school. Great initiative, Kody!

Krzys, Kaja, Dexter and Jamie made a second type of cleaning spray today ready for a comparative test. They also asked Lucas some of the ‘ask an expert’ questions they had prepared. This group is trying to find a solution to the amount of plastic waste we produce as a school through the use of cleaning spray bottles. They found the answer to some of their research questions today and then also generated some follow-up questions. Where will this investigation take them next?

Yeti class debate – Should Plastic be banned?

Today, the Bioplastic team organised a class debate. There were two teams (the affirmative and opposing team) a speaker and an audience. We had never done it before and we think we did really well! We were shy in our first attempt, relaxed in our second and passionate in our third! We can’t wait to do it again! Well done Bioplastic team!

From Jack and Isla

Yeti class

We are Scientists: Monday 30th November

Today in Year 5 we devised our own research questions, thinking carefully about what research we would need to carry out in order to answer our powerful driving question. We worked collaboratively in our small groups, using big pieces of paper to map out our ideas for the next stage of our projects. It was great to see children working together and getting started! We checked that we have listed all the resources we will need ready for the next stage of our projects.

yeti plans for tomorrow!

Yeti have taken over the classroom [Jo has no job!!!!!] lol

today we re-focused on our driving questions, delved deeper into our research and some of us set up our investigations in class.

tomorrow, Chloe will be conducting her paper audit across y5 and the Bioplastic team are going to set up a debate room with the motion “Should plastic be banned?” We are looking forward to our voices being heard!

From Lily and Charlie

Yeti class :]

Working as Scientists: Let’s Get Organized!

This morning we got together in our Working as Scientists groups and thought about the resources we would need for our projects next week.

We organized our ideas into:
Resources I need to get myself…
Please get me these, teacher!
To Do List…

Now we have a plan of action and will be ready to get started on Monday – two more weeks until our Showcase!

We have discussed our ideas in our groups, thinking about whether we will need to answer our scientific question through a practical investigation, by research or both.

This group are planning to show fashion can be fun without creating waste.

Zoom with Cata from Re- Source

Year 5 had a zoom call with the owner of a local ‘Zero’ waste shop today. Cata, who runs the shop with her husband and daughter, explained that the huge effort that is needed to keep the shop going is worth it as she knows she’s doing an amazing thing for the community and the planet.

We asked her questions about how well her business is going and what she enjoyed about running the shop.

Here are some of our questions we asked her :

How long have you had an interest in creating a ‘Zero waste’ shop?

Well, since i was your age really! Around 9-10 years old.

Do you get the same people or different people in your shop as customers?

I see some of the same people. Some people start out by buying a few things and after a couple of visits they are buying a lot more. Some people just pop in for sweets!

Do you have containers for customers who come in without jars?

Yes! We use paper bags but the more people come in the more they bring their own.

Is it difficult without plastic packaging?

It can be but we work with wholesalers who have the same outlook as us. We have deliveries with as little plastic as possible but we do actually accept Bioplastic as long as it’s the compostable kind!

We also gave Cata an insight into our Science project ideas which she was impressed with.

Cata answered a huge amount of questions and even invited us in to say hello if we were passing!

Yeti Project Research – Day one

Today was full of excitement. We read an interesting article about the importance of recognising the hope that environmentalists have of changing our future for the better where we can involve our whole community to make a difference. From this, we discussed how our projects would look in our groups, decided on Driving questions and spoke about the pros and cons of internet research. We have so many amazing ideas to explore!

We learnt how to use the highlight tool in word and collated our research using sub headed questions.

We can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow!

We are scientists

This week our projects move from the precision phase (where the kids work hard to secure the scientific knowledge, skills and understanding needed to answer the brief) to the generalisation phase (where the children come back together to plan how they will respond to and answer the brief. The generalisation phase is always fascinating as children and staff grapple with the big ideas they have been exploring and collaborate to come up with sustainable solutions.  Keep checking in with the blog to find out how they are doing.