As scientists, the children aim to answer questions about the evolving world around them by practically exploring, testing and observing. Teamwork and logic are always key for the children to conclude the reasoning behind the theories they unearth. Watch out, the children’s scientific thinking may change the future of our world.
Some scientific questions and some links you could research to get your brains whizzing:
Why do ducks quacks not echo?
What is meant by ‘good’ bacteria?
Can you walk on water? What about custard?
Why do astronauts need to build up their muscle mass before they rocket up to space?
Why isn’t rain salty?
Why do we hiccup?
Why doesn’t a cactus need much water?
Do snails have feet?
The gallery below shows Year 6 children making circuits with motors and bulbs. They have tested whether the length of the wire in a circuit affects the brightness of a bulb. They used observation skills and then used a light sensor on a data logger to get a more accurate result.
Below the children in Year 5 are acting out the movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon. They can explain how this gives us years, days and seasons.
Below the children in Year 6 are dramatising double circulation. Some took on the roles of the organs, some the heart chambers and the rest were re blood cells. They used red and blue counters to represent gaseous exchange at the lungs and the rest of the organs. Just ask them – they will tell you all about oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood.
Here Year 6 have been trying to make dirty water drinkable by looking at separation techniques such as filtration and distillation.