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June 18, 2014
by Mrs F
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Lighthouses and Torches

The Year 6s finished their unit on energy by facing the challenge to create working models of either a lighthouse of a torch. They needed to make it look realistic and incorporate a switch. They presented their finished models to the class using scientific language to explain how they created them and how they worked.

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May 29, 2014
by Mrs F
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Switches

The Year 6s have explored electric circuits and this week created two different types of switches.

1.  On/Off switch – using paper clips

2. Pressure switch – from cardboard and aluminium foil.

They were then asked to write an explanation using scientific terms.

Logan's written explanation of the paper clip switch.

Logan’s written explanation of the paper clip switch.

May 12, 2014
by Mrs F
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Energy Flow Charts

Our energy unit is moving into the ‘Explain’ stage, where we are developing scientific explanations for the world around us related to energy. We have been learning about the transference and transformation of energy. Students created flow charts to show their understanding of electrical energy being transferred and transformed by a household appliance.

Microwave

Microwave

Kettle

Kettle

Desk lamp

Desk lamp

 

May 12, 2014
by Mrs F
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Winning Waterwheels

These are our winning waterwheels. They were tested for efficiency and durability.

5A's winning team

5A’s winning team

5B's winning team

5B’s winning team

Testing a winning wheel

Testing a winning wheel

May 2, 2014
by Mrs F
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Modified Waterwheels

This week the Year 6 classes redesigned their waterwheels. They used their knowledge gained from the previous week’s investigation, tested and redesigned their new waterwheels at the testing station (our science room sink!) and thought about how to make their waterwheels more efficient. Next week we are having a competition to find out which waterwheel is the most efficient.

Simple but effective!

Simple but effective!

Blades have changed shape

Blades have changed shape

Increased number of blades!

Increased number of blades!

Redesigned blade shape

Redesigned blade shape

 

 

 

 

 

 

The testing station

The testing station

Explaining design idea to group members

Explaining design idea to group members

 

April 27, 2014
by Mrs F
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Waterwheels – first investigation

Year 6 students created waterwheels to investigate the transfer of energy. They conducted a fair investigation changing only one variable (most chose to change the number of blades). Students tested the efficiency of the waterwheel by measuring the time it took to wind up a weight. They found the hardest variable to control was putting an even stream of water on the wheel.

It's hard to control the water!

It’s hard to control the water!

Testing the wheel

Testing the wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students completed a simple diagram to show what was happening.

Movement energy provided by the water causes the blades to rotate.

Movement energy provided by the water causes the blades to rotate.

Diagram to show movement

Diagram to show movement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next session students will modify their waterwheels and conduct a competition to find the most efficient waterwheel.

April 3, 2014
by Mrs F
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Energy transfer

In this weeks science lesson the Year 6 classes explored the transfer of energy. They used aluminium cans filled with water to measure the transfer of heat energy from the sun to the water. Each group modified one can and kept one can the same  to explore the difference it would make to the transfer of heat. After collecting and recording their results the students constructed line graphs to show the difference in heat transfer.

Measuring temperature

Measuring temperature

Line graph of temperature change

Line graph of temperature change

Line graph of temperature change

Line graph of temperature change

March 12, 2014
by Mrs F
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Reflecting in science

At the end of each science session students are asked to reflect on their learning for the day.

This week the Year 6’s focused on identifying and observing different types of energy. They conducted an audit around the school choosing objects to think about what energy they were using and what energy they were emitting.

Robbie showed his learning from the session with his reflection: “Today at science we split into groups of three and went around the school looking at objects and deciding what energy they emit and they use to run on. Such as… a car which emits heat, sound and movement and runs on either electricity or chemical energy.”

March 7, 2014
by Mrs F
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Essential Energy

Our first Year 6 classes in the Science Room began this week with our topic ‘Essential Energy’. Students used a postbox activity to share their current knowledge. These theories were sorted and from them further questions were written by the students to begin the learning journey about Energy.

Posting ideas into the science postboxes.

Posting ideas into the science postboxes.

Sorting responses and posing new questions.

Sorting responses and posing new questions.

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