Science activities

Try out these science activities:

Make a Solar Oven

Equipment: foil, cardboard box, 2 sticks, scissors, paper plate, black paper/card, marshmallows and/or chocolate buttons, clingfilm.

How to: Cut the lid of the box so that it opens on a hinge like a pizza box; cover the inside of this lid with foil; place the black paper/card on the base of the box; place food on a paper plate and place inside the box; cover the opening above the food with clingfilm to keep the food clean; prop open the lid with the sticks and position the box so that the foil reflects light onto the food.

What is happening? The black paper/card absorbs the heat and the foil reflects the heat from the sun onto the food, making it melt.

Taking it further: You could explore what happens when you use black card/paper as your plate. At what speed do different types of food melt?

Minibeast Modelling

Equipment: foil.

How to: Use a piece of foil to create an insect and a spider. Think about what is different about them and what is the same: body parts, habitats, what they eat, how they move etc.

Taking it further: You could classify, sort and compare your different minibeasts.

Have fun!

Topic work this week

This week’s learning theme is FAMOUS/SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE. Don’t forget to explore the tasks below:

Famous Brits- Lots of significant people in history have been British. Emmeline Pankhurst, Guy Fawkes and Mary Anning are just a few. You could research one of these or another famous Brit of your choice and create a fact file, a presentation, a chronological report of their life or present your research in any way you like. 

Inspiration for Inventors- These inventors talk about where they found the inspiration for their inventions. Think about what problems you incur in your daily life? What inventions would make your life easier? How could you turn your idea into a product? You could mind map ideas of how you could solve the problem before designing and annotating a product. You may even want to make a prototype or test parts of your design to see if it would work. 

Significant to Me- Think about a person who is significant to you. This could be a famous person who has inspired you or someone who has made a positive impact on them from your everyday life. Discuss with an adult the attributes that this person has – why are they inspiring? You may wish to draw a portrait of this person.

What it Takes- Watch this interview with Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas. In this interview it talks about the dedication needed to be a successful sportsperson. Can you set yourself a goal to work on every day? You could create a poster outlining your goal and the steps you will take each day to work towards it. You could include steps they will take when you return to school. 

I look forward to reading your work (don’t forget, you can stream what you have been learning).

The Rainforest

Hello everybody,

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.

Here are your 2 main tasks for this week : English & Geography.

For English you need to write 2 contrasting descriptions about the rainforest, remember to include powerful verbs, interesting adjectives and alliteration in your writing. For your Geography task, you need to make an awareness leaflet about climate change and deforestation.

Please continue to check Google classroom daily for all your tasks and to see what your classmates have been up to!

I will be posting examples of good work here later this week…

VE Day

VE Day celebrates Victory in Europe Day marking the end of the Second World War. May 8th commemorates the same day back in 1945 when the war finally ceased.

Check out the twinkl resource pack for VE ideas.

Have a wonderful long weekend 5GT!

Wonderful World of Science

Here are some practical science ideas for you to have a look at. Remember to comment on the blog/google classroom when you have made either of them.

Chromatography Butterflies

Equipment: filter paper/a circle of craft paper, felt tips, glass of water, pipe cleaners.

How to: using a felt tip, draw a single-line circle around the middle of the filter paper; only use one colour; fold the circle into a cone shape; place the cone in the glass so that it is just touching the water; what happens as the paper absorbs the water?  After a couple of hours, lie the paper out to dry, then use a pipe cleaner to scrunch the middle together and create a butterfly shape.

What is happening? Chromatography is a technique for separating mixtures. Here, the ink of the felt-tip (the sample) is put on the paper (the stationary phase) and the water then moves up the paper (the mobile phase). The different pigments of the ink have different properties (more/less soluble etc) which means they travel at different speeds and separate.

Taking it further: children could explore different felt tip colours, different sizes of circles or different sizes and types of paper. They could also use rulers to measure the distance travelled by the different colours.

 Make your own lava lamp

Equipment: empty plastic bottle, water, oil, food colouring, effervescent tablet.

How to: fill a third of the bottle with water; fill another third with oil; add 10 drops of food colouring; watch how the different liquids settle – what do you notice? Break the tablet in half and add it to the bottle. What happens? Add the remaining half table to continue the results.

What is happening? The oil sits on top of the water because the oil is lighter than the water or, more specifically, less dense than water. When the tablet is added it sinks to the bottom and starts dissolving in the water, creating a gas. As the gas bubbles rise, they take the coloured water with them. When the bubbles of coloured water reach the top, the gas escapes and the coloured water sinks down through the oil.

Taking it further: children could explore what happens if they put the lid on the bottle when the lava lamp is working, whether different oils and food colourings create different effects and whether the ratios of water to oil make a difference.

Celebrating great work

Well done to everyone who has submitted work on google classroom this week.

Elliot’s persuasive leaflet

Inaaya’s portrait of Renaldo in the style of Lichtenstein

Mohammed’s report on his sea creature

Zainab’s report on her sea creature

Keep checking the blog for more fantastic work from 5GT.