Welcome to 6PH!
We are sure that the Year Sixes are enjoying being the oldest and wisest in the school and are ready to make the most of their final year at The Batt.
When the time is right, they will be 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 ‘Virtual Tour Guides’ showing parents of prospective pupils around the school.
The Year Sixes have embraced the online homework which has been set for them so far. We are using ‘Spelling Frame’, ‘SPaG.com’, ‘Maths Factor’ as well as continuing to use ‘Seesaw’ for home learning.
The Year Sixes are avid readers who are keen to share and recommend books to their peers. One way of doing this is to create a short book review video which is posted and printed off from seesaw. To help with their decision making on the next book to read, the children can watch these videos as well as look at the Bookflix Board to see which books are trending in year six (see picture below).
We have talked a lot about fixed and growth mindsets at the beginning of term, and the children are aware of areas of school life where they want to adopt a growth mindset towards, whether it be persevering with fractions, handwriting, or adopting a ‘can do’ attitude. Remember that ‘Your best is good enough’. Have a look at the photos below.
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.
Our topic this term is WW2 and the children have been enjoying sharing their knowledge of this historic event. We are looking forward to sharing our projects very soon.
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.