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As part of our Science Topic, we have been looking at micro-organisms. We conducted a fair test to try to identify the optimum conditions for growing mould. Our variables were: temperature, moisture, light, bread type (sliced/unsliced) and bread variety (brown/white).
Our experiment found that mould grew more quickly on unsliced bread than on sliced bread and we also found out that moist bread grew mould quicker than dry and bread kept in the dark grew mould quicker than that kept in the light. Therefore, we concluded that, the best place to keep bread, to keep it fresher for longer, was in a dry, bright, cool/cold place.
What was surprising was the quantity of mould growth on the unsliced bread compared with the pre-sliced bread leading us to the conclusion that it was the preservatives in the pre-sliced bread that were inhibiting the growth of the mould.
The mycelium continues to grow and the spores are spreading. I will take the mushrooms home and continue the blog so that Year 6 can track the progress of their growth.
After 7 days inside a warm, dark cupboard, the mushrooms were taken out and we could see that the incubation had started and mycelium could be seen spreading across the straw. We now have to keep the incubation moist and hopefully, within 14 days, or so, we should see some mushrooms growing.
British Science Week - Blog Week 1
Today we have been learning about mushrooms and how they are a microorganism. They are a fungus and, unlike plants, they do not need sunlight in order to grow. As mushrooms do not need additional food and energy to grow, they do not produce greenhouse gases and so are better for the global environment. Composed of approximately 90% water, they are low in carbohydrates, fat and salt, making them a healthy food choice. All mushrooms contain vitamin B, copper and potassium however, the Portabella mushroom contains more potassium than the average banana. Many vegetarians use mushrooms as a meat substitute.
Most mushrooms that are consumed in this country are grown commercially however, mycophagists (mushroom hunters) gather mushrooms from the wild. However, this is not recommended as there are many toxin-containing mushroom that could kill. Furthermore, there are more than 30 species that glow in the dark!
Now that we know more about the humble mushroom (a fun guy!) we have started to cultivate our own.
First, we had to soak some straw overnight in water.
Then, it was rung out to remove the excess water.
Next, mushroom spawn was mixed with the straw (in controlled conditions).
After, the mixtures was placed in plastic bags and those bags were sealed shut.
Following the closure, the bags were pierced up to 25 times to allow the spawn to breathe.
The bags were then placed in a box and the box placed into a warm, darkened room where it will remain, undisturbed, for the next 7 days.
Spring Term overview
Lipson Academy PE specialist leading invasion games
Extreme Writing! In Science, we have been learning about evolution, adaptation and inheritance and this has inspired us to write non-chronological reports about how animals have adapted to enable them to survive in extreme habitats all over the world.
Linked to our topic of Globalisation, this term, Year 6 have been cooking with Fair Trade ingredients to make smoothies, banana crumble cake and flatbreads.
Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 6!
All of our writing this term is based around our class book ‘The Explore’, by Katherine Rundell, and our Science: Evolution and Inheritance. We will be writing non-chronological reports, balanced arguments, debates, journey stories, biographies and recounts. Across all aspects of our writing, we will be working on a range of grammatical features including the use of passive voice, the subjunctive form, parenthesis, relative clauses, expanded noun phrases and the power of three as well as the use of colons, semi-colons and hyphens.
This first half of term, we will be focusing on decimals, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 ad 100 and converting them to fractions. We will move on the converting fractions to percentages and calculating percentages of amounts. We will then move on to learning about algebra, substituting numbers for letters and solving simple one step ad two step problems. After half term, we will focus on measures (kilograms, litres, metres, time and money) before moving on to calculating perimeter, area and volume. Calculating ratios will take us up to the Easter holidays.
This term's geography will focus on the various aspects of Globalisation. We will look at trade, pollution, ethical purchasing, climate change, deforestation, Fair Trade, and global communication. Our DT will be linked to topic as we will be using Fair Trade products to cook during the first half of term.
We start by studying Evolution and Inheritance and looking at how plants and animals have evolved and adapted over time depending on the environmental factors that they have encountered. After half term, our focus will shift to 'living things and their habitats,' where we will study Carl Linnaeus and his system of classifying plants and animals. We will end our topic with a visit to Dartmoor Zoo – planned for the final week of term.
During the first half of term we will focus on invasion games and gymnastics. Whereas, during the second half of term, we will be lucky enough to have a Secondary PE teacher from Lipson Vale coming in on Wednesday to teach invasion tactics and we will continue to focus on gymnastics on a Friday.
The first half of term will consider what Atheist and Agnostics think and believe whilst the second half of term will focus on the Christian understanding of the Easter Story.
We will be studying Kandinsky and creating our own Kandinsky pictures.
We will focus on France, its neighbours, major cities as well as architectural landmarks of Paris.
We will be learning to beat box and write our own rap lyrics linked to global warming.
PPA has moved to a Thursday for the second half of term - Mrs Locke will be teaching French and revising grammar.
Home learning: This will be set at the following times:
Maths – Monday to be handed in on Friday.
English – Wednesday to be handed in on the following Tuesday.
Reading – 10 minutes reading daily. We ask that an adult signs the reading diary and it is handed in at least once per week.
Games and PE:
Children will need their PE kit in school all week however, games is now on a Wednesday and PE on Friday. We will be focusing on invasion games and gymnastic balances this term.
Kit: Trainers, white shirt, blue shorts, football socks.
In colder weather, a plain tracksuit should be worn outdoors for games.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. A small named bag containing your PE kit is all that is necessary, as cloakroom space is limited.
Please come in to see me if you want to discuss anything regarding your child's education, health or welfare.
As part of DT this term, we made a WWII scrapbook. We created a flashing lighthouse to go into our scrapbook using a picture that we drew and a paper circuit. We also created a paper circuit for a Morse Code page and an air raid scene which was back-lit using paper circuits.
VISIT TO HMS DRAKE AND THE NAVAL MUSEUM - 12TH DECEMBER 2018
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Here are some great maths resources - for young and old!
We explain what the long multiplication method is and review how multiplication skills are built up through each year of primary school.
The long division method is used when you are dividing a large number (usually three digits or more) by a two-digit (or more) number.
Use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations and explore the order of operations using brackets.
A step towards a more formal written method of columnar addition using place value counters.
A good starting place for teaching column subtraction. Helps children to visualise the processes involved.