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

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 :]

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!

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.

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:

This week in Thrive…

In Thrive this week we have been focusing on worries. We have shared our worries and found out they can be similar but also, very different. What we have realised is, is that everybody has worries. They all are real and can feel strange in our bodies. We can feel worries in our stomachs, in our hearts and in our minds.

First, we turned our worries into monsters. We thought about how they made us feel and then drew features to represent that. Then we thought of ways to get rid of the monster. We trapped, squashed and even stepped on them!

After that, we had a discussion about what is best for our worries. We decided that once we have spoken to someone about them, the best thing to do is not pay them much attention. We can do other things instead. We listed the different things we could be doing rather than thinking about worries and then we drew them!

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!

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!