As part of our science IDL, we have been focussing on thee states of matter: solids, liquids and gasses. In our last experiment, we made a gas and trapped it in a balloon! This time, we investigated the melting point of chocolate to introduce melting as a changing state and wrote our science reports.
As part of our States of Matter IDL, P4/5 observed an experiment on Monday before working in teams to try it out for themselves! They were investigating a gas and making/trapping a gas. It involved great teamwork using the instructions to investigate themselves and excellent discussion about what they did, the reaction and their observations. Today we developed our scientific vocabulary writing up our reports!
P4/5 started their science IDL by looking at three different States of Matter. We role played atoms in a gas, a liquid and solid to support discussion about the properties of each. They then used this to sort different images into a solid, a liquid or a gas. There was a lot of confusion and good discussion around sand and sugar. Hopefully after the investigations, children will be able to say with confidence if sand/sugar is a solid or a liquid :)
P4/5 have been developing their understanding of an image as a source of evidence for finding out about the past. They had to read the image and find clues to discuss what these items may be and how they were used and understood the limitations of a picture in how much information it gives us. The images above are a back straightener, an abacus, ink bottle, finger stocks, writing set, chalkboard and a desk and chair set.
After finding out what some of them were and what a typical day at school may have been like, all the children have decided they are glad they go to school now and not then!
This week, everyone picked a category for their personal project. They could choose from:
Once they had selected, they had a quick look online to get an idea of what their category would be or contain and then decided if they wanted to do something general on this or if there was a specific area of interest they wanted to look at further. It was interesting to see their choices (I was surprised by a few!).
Everyone worked in pairs to read over a grid of statements and decide if each statement was true or false. Once completed, we went over the answers together and they were shocked at some of the things the found out! Especially that some children were sent to work and that they could be working for 12 hours in a day (double the amount of time they are in school!) Check with your child, see what other shocking facts they remember :)
P4/5 worked together to record what they already know about the Victorians, what they want to know and how they want to learn about it. They then made a Queen Victoria flip to learn some facts about Queen Victoria and made the link as to why this time in history is called the Victorian era. Lots of the facts were quite surprising!