P7A created these beautiful eye drawings recently using soft drawing pencils to work on our sketching techniques. To add a bit of colour we used coloured pencils in the iris and drew something we were looking forward to.
We have been learning about reproduction and DNA in class. Today we carried out an experiment to extract the DNA from a strawberry. We discussed where extraction of DNA might be used to help in cloning, forensic crime investigation, studying genetic diseases and bacteria and viruses in the environment.
It took quite a few steps and we had to be very careful but we were so happy when we finally managed to lift the DNA extract out on a cocktail stick.
This week P7B have been applying their learning about the speed, distance, time triangle to real life scenarios.
We ran a sprint and a middle distance run in the playground and calculated our average speed. We then compared it with the world records for these distances. We couldn’t believe how fast Usain Bolt ran his 100m record!
We have also used the scale on an atlas to find the distance between countries and used this and the average speed of a plane to predict flight times. We used a bus timetable and the average speed of the bus to calculate the distance travelled. We built a ramp and raced different toy vehicles to calculate speed. We also looked at how time zones impact the way businesses work and worked out which country will celebrate new year first.
Some of our tips for P7A who will do some of these challenges soon are –
Read the task CAREFULLY
Follow the rule of the SDT triangle
The lines on the world map can help you with time zones
Make sure the angle of your ramp is the same on each go or it will affect your results
Use a ruler the find the scale on a map – we rounded to the nearest whole centimetre to make it a bit easier
We had a very interesting start to Thursday morning this week. When we arrived at school we were shocked to see a scary message left in blood on our classroom windows. We also had a note to say we were going to be investigating a crime that had happened in our classrooms.
We used our inference reading skills to solve a murder and create a crime report to present to the rest of the class. We were very relieved to find out it had all been pretend and just a way for us to practise what we have been learning about in reading. Quite a few of us managed to correctly identify the victim, suspect, motive and weapon!
This week we also –
Learnt about the speed, distance, time formula
Listened to a piece of spooky music and created a response text about it
Had another session with Jen and Jen from Live n Learn
Thought about some of the physical and emotional changes during puberty
Explored Anthony Browne’s ‘Voices in the Park’ book
Learnt about reproduction in flowering and non-flowering plants
Set up an experiment to observe germination
Continued to learn about why we use algebra in maths and in real life
What did you enjoy this week?
Who was in your back up team this week?
What tools from your Skipper toolkit did you use this week?