Term 2 Science

Year 3/4 Living and Non Living Things

The students in Years 3 and 4 have continued to work on defining living and non-living things. They have been exploring the life stages of humans and life cycles of plants and animals. They have worked on the life cycles of tomato plants, frogs and butterflies with an emphasis on how particular animals undergo metamorphosis (the transformation or change an organism undergoes). The students also had the opportunity to independently investigate the life cycle of a chicken, kangaroo, shark or sunflower.

The Life Cycle of a Frog (Dumini 4MM)

 

Year 5/6 Mission to Mars

After taking off from Earth in our rockets, the students investigated some of the challenges humans would face if they were to colonise Mars. They also undertook a design challenge in small groups to make a Lander using limited materials. They tested their landers from a height of one metre to see if their ‘astronauts’ landed safely or not. With their astronauts now on Mars, the students used Ozobots to simulate Rovers on the surface of Mars. They used visual coding to create a travel plan which incorporated sequencing, branching and looping. They had to include various challenges, each represented by a code on their plan. The students were highly engaged and worked collaboratively to complete this task. The final task for the term was for each student to create an organism capable of adapting and surviving the conditions on Mars. The students had to use their knowledge of factors that make a planet habitable and compare these to Mars in order for an organism to survive.

5/6H Designing and Making Mars Landers

Kayla, Bianca, Jemima & Eda

Canyon, Neth, Srimijun & Oscar

5/6H Completed Mars Landers

Mischa 5LD

Lily 5JW

Ben & Nicholas 6VK

Rayanne 6JS