Today we learned about biodiversity. We discussed the terminology for this topic – ecosystem, environment, habitat, producers, primary and secondary consumers, prey, predators, herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We then looked at food chains and webs. The arrow points up the food chain showing the transfer of energy from one plant or animal to the animal eating it.
We then investigated our environment and the many ecosystems and habitats that could be found in the school. We looked for evidence of food chains and ecosystems at the banking, the scottish garden, sensory garden and around the new science garden. There are bug hotels, worm farms and ant habitats built around our school. We also found numerous insects, snails, slugs, bees, bees and little bites in leaves to show they had been eaten. We passed around the class camera recording the evidence we found.
Throughout May we took part in a creativity challenge at Mearns Primary. We worked with pupils from other schools to design an outfit with a science theme. We then used some of our technology skills (but mostly glue guns) to make the outfit. We also had movie editors and directors, a script writer and a narrator and a model. We put on a catwalk show for parents last Friday at Mearns Primary. Have a look at their twitter account for more photos!
P6a have been very busy this week! We had our firsr visit to Mearns Primary to begin our creativity challenge. The design brief has been set. It involves many different components. We have to design and make an outfit and accessories which has a given science focus, select music and write a script for our fashion show and produce a movie of the process! We will continue this throughout the month. Keep an eye out for photos from the the show!
Today we took part in the school science fair. This meant some of the class displayed their science presentations in the gym hall for P1-3 to see, we all visited P7 to see their wonderful interactive biology, chemistry and physics rooms and we then shared our displays with P7 when they visited us. We learned a lot and enjoyed sharing everything we have learned, so far, this year in science.
We have had a really exciting week focusing on Science.
We started on Monday with some technology, making cardboard boats, made water resistant with tin foil, competing to hold the most weight. Dasha, Charlotte, Zara, Melissa, Heather and Ruby crafted the winning boat. It held 1300g, (Ben said, “That’s 1.3kg!”). Well done!
On Wednesday our writing was related to topical science news. We read a few articles and related fact files. We worked on our note-taking skills and next week we will created a sci-fi story of our choosing, linked to our chosen article.
That wasn’t all! Also on Wednesday we visited a planatarium…in our gym hall! It was awesome. We learned lots about stars, which was really useful as we recently began our Space topic with Mrs Horne.
Thursday’s science was preparation for our Friday showcase. We picked our favourite topic from science so far this year, and I’m groups prepared a display to tell everyone about it. We made displays for electricity, rock types, the eye, the ear, chemical reactions, light, shadows and the planets.
On Friday we shared our knowledge and learned lots from the p7 displays which were interactive!