Year 6 Identifying Trees
Children took leaves form the school grounds and had to create keys to help identify the leaves from the trees. They had to ask sensible, scientific questions based on the features of the leaves, for example:
Is the leaf at least twice as long it is wide?
Do the leaves grow in opposite pairs?
Does the edge of the leaf have large teeth?
By answering yes and no, they came to name the tree.
Calculating the area of the canopy provided by our Maple tree
Year 6 identified the eight compass points around the tree trunk. They measured the distance from the trunk to each point. In class, they plotted the compass points on a grid with four quadrants and then calculated the area of the canopy. The scale was made easy as one square represented one square metre.
Year 6 offered each other a wealth of knowledge in the form of their chosen mathematician or scientist. In their presentations, we learned about the challenges and achievements of key people in this field. We listened to articulate, confident and informative presentations which included the following people:
Ada Lovelace, Katherine Johnson, Annie Easley, Marie Curie, Sarah Gilbert, Nikola Tesla, Zu Chongzhi, Liu Hui, Terence Tao, Albert Einstein and Ernest Walton.
Year 6 went on a 3D shape hunt in the playground and took the measurements of height, depth and length of the objects they found. They came back into class to identify and draw their 3D shapes to scale and calculate the volume. The children challenged themselves to go further by identifying the volume of a cylinder…
Year 6 baked bread to see the reaction of yeast when mixed with flour and water. We also looked at the cellular structure of yeast. Some of us got very, very messy but everyone went home with a delicious loaf of bread!
We wanted to thank our parents for their tremendous and generous contributions in raising funds for our school. We recognise the importance of offering thanks and making people feel valued. The artwork was an enjoyable outcome for us.
We always welcome children who want to study or present an aspect of a topic even further. This week our presentation was on the Eastern Front in World War II. This enabled Year 6 to delve deeper into the complexities of war.
In science we are learning about microorganisms. On 4th March, we set up an observation using bananas. On one slice, we sprinkled yeast and sealed it inside a plastic bag, on another, we simply sealed it and observed it over the next fortnight.