Year 6 Science Blog- We are the New Optimists

Monday 30th November

Today, we discussed the challenge we have been given for the Science Fair:

Develop an alternative and sustainable approach to energy usage

a)across the school site

b)in the local community

We discussed this and made sure we understand what all the important words mean.

We read about Greta Thunberg and thought about why we need to be like her!

Finally, we worked as a class to decide what we need to tell people about energy usage and about global warming. This is the list we came up with:

Don’t be a fossil fool! (Tegan)

Don’t be a relentless car driver (Josh)

Use less plastic (Ashleigh)

Join us in the fight to save the planet- it’s not over yet! (Maram)

Go vegetarian and eat more plants to help (Leah)

The ice caps are melting and the polar bears need saving (Jamie)

Don’t waste food (Sophie)

Plants are blooming early and we should act early (Rosemary)

Use renewable energy way more often. Keep fossil fuels in the ground (Ajay)

Walk more instead of driving (Lilly-Jane)

Year 6 Science Blog- Day 4

How does electricity travel?

Today we went back to something we first learnt about way back in September- how is electricity generated and how does it travel to our homes?

First, we watched the fantastic YouTube film ‘How does electricity get into our homes?’ Check it out:

Then, we were asked to draw a diagram of how energy travels from a Power Station, to our homes. We were asked to carefully label important things like ‘transformer’, ‘pylons’ and ‘substation’.

Our final challenge was to write 7 sentences to tell the story of this journey in detail.

Once again, Year 6 rose to the challenge and the work they produced was staggering.

Check out the amazing work submitted by Anas, Connor, Jake, Naima and Tegan:

On Monday, we finally get to be back in class working together on our Science Fair presentations. We can’t wait!

Year 6 Science Blog Day 3

How long will fossil fuels last?

Today, our learning was about fossil fuels and how much longer they will last.

We first had to watch this short film:

Then, were asked to look closely at this bar chart. Could we work out which of the three main fossil fuels we would still be able to use when we were 50?

Anas, Julia, Layla, Lily P, Magnus and Naima all showed a really good understanding of why fossil fuels are fast running out, and what we can do to preserve them. Here is a selection of their work:

Year 6 Science Blog Day Two

Our amazing Year 6s have continued their science journey while still in self-isolation.

On Tuesday, we went right back to the start and reminded ourselves all about electrical energy.

The children had to find electrical items in their house, and then identify whether they converted energy into heat, light, movement or sound energy.. Jake, Josh and Maram shared these:

On Wednesday, we went back to one of the most important things we have been learning this term: the difference between non-renewable and renewable energy, and where these types of energy come from.

Listen to Jala, who is clearly now a bit of an expert!:

Yassmin also did her own fantastic scientific notes about energy:

I’ve been amazed by the quality of work that the children are doing in isolation. Super work all!

Year 6 Science Fair Blog Day One

Year 6 are self-isolating until Monday 30th November. But this has not stopped us! We have been doing our Science learning on Seesaw.

We found out this week about what carbon neutral means, and how we can make our homes more energy efficient (to stop us wasting so much energy).

Here is a slideshow showing just a few examples of the amazing learning that was done on Seesaw last week:

This term we have learnt so much! We have found out about different types of energy, types of fuel, how electricity is made, what global warming and Greenhouse Gases are…The list goes on! Paul created a quiz to help us check how much we can remember.You can try it out here: https://www.quiz-maker.com/QADYUUU72

On Wednesday we made our own presentations about the types of fuels we use to produce energy. Check out Althea’s from Dragon Class.

Althea did a presentation about renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.

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.