Strand: Energy and Forces: Forces
Experiment: Investigating and Experimenting with the centre of gravity
Apparatus: Cereal boxes, pencil, scissors, sellotape, DSPM template of the acrobatic clown, plastic weights (buttons), blue-tac, empty glasses
The sixth class pupils had great fun experimenting with the centre of gravity. As a warm-up activity, the pupils tried to find the centre of gravity of their rulers using both index fingers. They were then tasked with creating their very own ‘acrobatic clown’ made from cereal box cardboard and paper templates. The pupils worked in pairs and once they had their acrobatic clown ready, they experimented with how to balance him on different objects such as the edge of their desks as well as on the rim of a drinking glass. The pupils then progressed to balancing the clown by placing weights on both hands of the acrobatic clown. They used plastic buttons (each of the same weight) and they could see how the centre of gravity was adjusted as a result.
Strand: Materials: Properties and characteristics of materials
Experiment: Design and Build a 3-D Christmas Tree using recycled cups
Apparatus: Cardboard cups, pipe-cleaners, scissors, colored-paper, string
The pupils were given the challenge of coming up with their own design of a 3-D Christmas using limited apparatus which did not include adhesives. The class was split into four groups each of which was given ten minutes to discuss their unique design and sketch out any ideas. It was very interesting to see how certain designs didn’t quite support the structure while the slit approach yielded better results in terms of structural strength and solidity. The pupils learned that the build can be more difficult than initially planned. Once each group had a functioning design, they then decorated their trees using green paper strips and decorative art.
Strand: LIVING THINGS
In BMMS we carried out a collection of investigations around the topic of plants, looking at life cycles, factors affecting growth, parts of a plant, composting and plants that we eat.
Investigating if plants grow better organically: plan and carry out a fair test looking at the effect of fertiliser on growing radishes.
Holly leaves: investigate questions about holly leaves.
Tree rings: investigate cut tree trunks to determine the age of the tree, how fast it grew and climatic conditions during its growth.
The life cycle of a flowering plant: a sequencing activity looking at the lifecycle of Brassica, a fast cycling flowering plant.
How does light affect growing plants?: Plan and carry out a fair test looking at the effect of light on plant growth.
Having fun growing plants: provide the conditions for germination and observe a variety of seeds over time.
Finding out about the number of flower parts: three ways to dissect a flower in order to identify and name the different parts.
Finding out the parts of the leaf and it’s importance for the plant.
Designing a seed: design and make a seed from a newly discovered plant using junk materials.
Are you a plant eater?: Develop an awareness of the parts of a plant that are eaten.
Composting, recycling and the curriculum: investigate what happens during the composting process.
Caring for and tasting our own plants we have cared fo.
Our parsley plants;