Welcome to 6PH!
We are sure that the Year Sixes are looking forward to being the oldest and wisest in the school and are ready to make the most of their final year at The Batt.
They are already taking on jobs and responsibilities around the school, helping younger children and setting a good example. Some Year Sixes will be trained to help in the school office at lunchtimes, answering the telephone and taking messages, and others will have a chance to be ‘Tour Guides’ showing parents of prospective pupils around the school. They will also be looking after the Infants as they walk to the church for our Harvest Festival.
We have two up and coming trips: One to St Mary’s Church; the other an exciting trip to Oxford Fire Station for Young Citizens. Later in the term, they will be visiting ‘Steam’ in Swindon as part of the history topic on World War 11. A variety of hands-on workshops will give the children more of an understanding of what it was like to be a wartime child e.g. sitting in an air raid shelter during a night time raid while learning how people passed the time and pretending to be evacuees arriving at a train station.
We hope that the class timetable is useful which shows when homework is given out and expected in – each child will also have a printed copy to refer to at home.
Already this term in science, the class have been enthusiastically investigating the topic of Light. Each lesson starts with the BIG QUESTION where the class investigate and explore through the process of MODELLING. For example, when the class were given the big question of ‘How do we see?’ they were given a torch, shoebox and scissors to create a model to demonstrate the answer to this question. Their explanations were recorded by the children in an app called SEESAW.
SEESAW is an app which allows the children to take ownership of their learning and to reflect on their progress over time as they record their learning for an audience. The children enjoy showing off their learning by videoing their successes: They find it a great tool which enables them to articulate and model their work which supports their written work. As a parent, you will be able to view their work by scanning the QR code in their books which you are always welcome to come in and do – parents evening is an ideal opportunity.
More news and photographs soon! In the meantime, we are looking forward to making sure our class gets off to a flying start in Year 6.
During the Spring term we will be exploring the science behind a range of ‘quick, fun science experiments’. Already we have explored how we can make ‘raisins dance’. All of these experiments can be carried out a home as many of the resources will be in your kitchen cupboards! Let your children be the ‘Chief Science Explainer’ at home. See the explanations below to understand the science behind the magic.
During each experiment, children are chosen to be the ‘Chief Science Explainer’ which gives them the chance to be the teacher and, after questioning and discussion, articulate an explanation to a small group. These explanations can be seen on our ‘Seesaw’ account which can be accessed via a QR code which is both on our Science Working Wall and in the children’s books. Future experiments to look forward to include creating invisible ink and making an egg float.
Pour the fizzy drink into a tall glass. Notice the bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The bubbles are carbon dioxide gas released from the liquid.
Drop 6 raisins into the glass. Describe what is happening to the raisins. Do they sink or float? Keep watching; what happens in the next several minutes?
Raisins are denser than the liquid in the fizzy drink, so initially the raisins sink to the bottom of the glass.
The fizzy drink releases carbon dioxide bubbles.
When these bubbles stick to the rough surface of a raisin, the raisin is lifted because of the increase in buoyancy.
When the raisin floats to the surface, the bubbles pop, and the carbon dioxide gas escapes into the air.
This causes the raisin to lose buoyancy and sink.
This rising and sinking of the raisins continues until most of the carbon dioxide has escaped and the fizzy drink goes flat.
Pierce a Potato
Hold a plastic straw by its sides (without covering the hole at the top) and try quickly stabbing the potato – what happens?
Repeat with a new straw but this time place your thumb over the top, covering the hole.
The first time you only pierce the potato a small amount when you hold the straw by its sides. Each time the air is pushed out of the straw.
Covering the top of the straw with your thumb traps the air inside, forcing it to compress as you stab the potato.
This makes the straw strong enough to pierce the potato.
Skittles Colour Leak
Make a circle of skittles round the edge of the plate.
Pour a glass of warm water slowly into the middle of the plate.
What do you predict will happen?
What happens to the colours?
What happens to the ‘s’ on top of the Skittles?
Skittles are coated in food colouring and sugar.
When the skittles are in water, the coloured coating dissolves and then diffuses (spreads) in the water.