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Today, in our first session we explored everything we could about the sun, including what damage it does, whether it is good or bad for us and most importantly-how to stay safe in the sun!

Plants

For the first part of Spring Term 2 ,we will finish off rocks and soils and explore soils in more depth. This will lead us nicely onto our lessons about plants and the functions of their many parts and water transportation systems within different flowering and non-flowering plants. We will continue our plants topic in Summer Term 1. 

 

Today, we looked at real flowers and plants and labelled their different parts. We then explored the functions of each of these parts and labelled our diagrams as a group, before we sketched out our own in our books.

 

  

 

Today, we planted seeds in pots to start our observations over time. We will be keeping a diary of events and plotting their growth on a line graph. 

  

Today we used our sunflowers as the control and planned an experiment to see what a plant might survive without. We chose to change one variable-what the seed was planted in to see if that has an affect on how the plant grows. We did this as a class and will observe our results over time. 

Today, we visited Gillespie Park and had a session plants! We looked at the life cycle of flowering plants and what they need to survive, as well as looking at plant habitats. 

Today, we set up an experiment to explore water transportation in plants. We used celery and white flowers and put them in container with different dyes and will observe to see if/how they change colour!

Here are our results after the weekend!

  

 

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In our last lesson on plants, we looked at the different ways seeds can be dispersed and sorted various plants into categories. 

Rocks and Soils 

Our next topic will be all about rocks and soils. The children will learn about the different types of rocks and their composition, as well as how soil is formed and where and how fossils are made. 

 

      

 

Today we sorted and classified rocks! First we looked at the different rocks carefully and described their properties, whether they were bumpy, smooth, grainy, hard or heavy etc. We then used this information to help us sort the rocks into our own venn diagrams and made as many possible variations as we could!

      

 

Today, we looked at the three different types of rock and learnt about how they are formed. We then used starburst sweets to show how each would be formed. We created sedimentary starburst rocks by cutting them into tiny pieces and then compressing them together. We made metamorphic starburst rocks by applying extreme pressure and heat from our hands and then finally, we heated up our starburst to recreate the heat energy that would come from a volcano. This created our igneous rocks!

   

    

Today, we tested the permeability and buoyancy of different rocks. We used pipets to squeeze the same amount of water onto the different rocks and observed them to see what happened to the water. We also did a whole class experiment to investigate whether our chosen rocks would sink or float. 

     

 

Today, we investigated what type of rock would make the best skate park! We conducted our research on the rocks, investigating the permeability, hardness and smoothness of the rocks to come to the conclusion that slate would make the best choice! It was hard, waterproof and fairly smooth in comparison to the other rocks. 

    

 

Today, we learnt about how fossils are formed. We did a short sequencing activity, followed by a practical experiment using slices of bread and sweets to show how fossils make impressions after they the dead animals and plants are compressed over time!

    

 

Today, we researched a Scientist-Mary Anning, who is famous for finding fossils. As we have previously done non-chronological reports in our English lessons, we decided to create our own fact files on Mary Anning! You can see what we created below... 

  

  

Today we investigated each of the soil types in groups. We used magnifying glasses to see what different particles we could find in each, we felt the texture and we added water to them to see which would absorb and drain best.

    

Animals including Humans

Our next topic is all about what animals need to survive, how our bodies are made, features of skeleton and what bones we have. We will be exploring what makes a healthy diet and the different food groups, ensuring we eat a balanced diet.

 

 

We have recently looked at what makes a healthy balanced diet and the different types of food groups. We added the key terminology to our working wall and designed our own three course meal to be as balanced and healthy as possible. 

 

Over the past few weeks we have looked at skeletons and the function they have in helping us stand, move and protecting our organs. We also learnt about the different types of skeletons invertebrates and vertebrates have. Today we cut out and labelled our own skeletons!

   

Forces and Magnets

 

We will begin to develop our scientific enquiry skills this term when exploring forces and magnets. The children will have to recognise a variety of forces or pushes and pulls, recognise which materials are magnetic and non-magnetic and begin to create their own predictions and experiments. 

 

 

 

Over the past few lessons we have been investigating forces through pushes and pulls. Through this the children were enacting different routines and tasks and deciding whether a push or a pull force was used.

 

We have also looked at friction and are in the process of designing our own experiments to see which surfaces produce the most friction when rolling a toy car down a ramp. 

 

Here are our equipment lists, predictions and fair test ideas from our planning session.

             

 

Here we are experimenting with different surfaces to see how far our car travelled! The bubble wrap caused the most friction and the car didn't even more, whereas the cardboard made the least friction and the car travelled the furthest!

 

 

Today we learnt about magnetism and investigated which items outside and inside were magnetic with a partner!

     

   

 

Today we investigated the strength of 3 different magnets and the distance at which a paper clip was attracted to them!

   

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