Posts Tagged “Science”

This term 5/6J are learning about Electricity. We have been making circuits and testing bulbs and batteries. We studied how a torch and a light globe works, where the power source is and what those little electron things are.

First of all 5/6J students, can you add something to this wall about what you have learnt so far?




Now visit these sites:

Read the information at this website and then do the quiz to test yourselves!

We have been practising the correct way to draw electrical circuits. Test your circuit designs to see if they work here. 

More making circuits fun at this site.

Oscar? Or Oskar in this game? 

Miss B couldn’t get this activity to work. Can you?

This site is a great combination of learning about circuits and completing online activities

And this is the site where I got all these activities from, but there’s a lot more for you to check out!

If you have visited all the sites why don’t you write a comment letting 5/6J and Miss B know what sort of activities you would like to do with electricity?


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Here is our space art from Term 3 that we completed with Chalk Pastel. Thanks for the video startwister @ youtube, we used your artwork as our guide!


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5/6J were given the challenge of making an Orrery. An orrery is a model with moving parts, often used to describe models of the solar system.

In pairs, students had to create an orrery of the earth, moon and sun and have the celestial bodies orbiting and rotating.

They were given a selection of materials and no instructions!  Take a look at what they came up with!

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Last week we tested a range of solids.


We tested the following properties:


Elasticity: Can the solid be stretched?

Malleability: Can the solid be manipulated into different shapes?

Brittleness: Is the solid hard, but will break or crumble easily?

Hardness: Can you scratch the surface of the solid?


We also tested the strength of the solid.Tensile strength means the

solid can withstand being pulled from end to end and Compressive

strength means the solid can withstand being squashed.


The solids we tested were a bar of soap, steel wool, corn flour, playdough, chalk, elastic bands and marbles.



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Last week we did an experiment to test the viscosity of different liquids.

We tested water, detergent and shampoo. Check out what happened!


CONCLUSION: The water was the least viscous as it flowed extremely fast. The detergent was more viscous than water; it flowed slowly. The liquid with the most viscosity was the shampoo as it resisted flow for a while, taking a long time to reach the ground.

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We have been working so hard on these sculptures! As part of our Science unit of work on Packaging, we had to design and make a package for these kinetic sculptures to sell at Market Day. Here is the video we watched to learn how to make them:



And here are some photographs of the finished products ready for Market Day! The packaging looks great everyone, and meets the design brief!

But behold, see them in action!


Sold out on Market Day! Great job 5/6J! Thanks to Blick Art Supplies for the idea!

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We have just finished our Mammoth Unit of Work on Earthquakes!  Today we did our assessment task, An ‘Open’ task,

where we were just given a piece of paper to show our understanding in any form.

Below is some photos from our different experiments on earthquakes.

We have enjoyed adding lots of vocabulary to our brain, and using different sites and interactive activities to assist our learning. During the unit we read the Horrible Geographies Book – ‘Earth Shattering Earthquakes”, and now a lot of the class is reading more books in the Horrible Geographies series!

5/6J Members – which part of our unit did you enjoy the most?

Vote in the Poll below!


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Check out these sites for earthquakes!

Great things to read, movies to watch, animations,

games, online learning at its best!

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Last week we completed a science experiment titled ‘Fizzing Investigation”. Our aim was to investigate what happened when you mix combinations of water, tartaric acid and bicarbonate soda together.

We placed the mixtures inside bottled with balloons over the top. We made predictions and then recorded our results. Finally, we wrote up our findings and conclusions.

Conclusion: When you mix water, tartaric acid and bicarbonate soda together the water fizzes and gases are sent up, causing the balloon to fill with air.

If you would like to do this experiment at home, click here.

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We have been exploring solids, liquids and gases. One of our experiments was to predict, observe and explain the fastest way to melt an ice cube.

In groups, we chose 4 strategies to melt ice cubes.

1. Suck it in your mouth

2. Pour cold water over it

3. Pour hot water over it.

4. Crush it with your hand.

(Other noteworthy suggestions were: leave in sun, wrap in paper towel, blow with hair dryer, hit it with a hammer!)

Our results showed that in every group pouring hot water over the ice cube worked the best. Some of the explanations as to why included:

The heat from the hot water melts the ice.   The pouring motion helps it to melt.     The hotter the water, the quicker it melts.

Here are some images of our experiments.

Things to Spot:  5/6J pretending to be particles in a bowl, Some students representing liquid particles by using marbles, Our water with dye pots evaporating, Our Vinegar spill – how long til it reaches your nose?

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