Year 6 Science Morning

Today (05/10/18) I took part in science morning at my school. The theme of this year was space because in a week’s time it is World Space Week. We took part in lots of exciting activities and had to work as a team to investigate. Furthermore, according to Miss Kitching, year 6s were excellent role models.

Firstly, I was given a sticker that said 4A on it which determines which class I would go in first and I was in 4E first. We were given a plastic cup that we had to fill half way with a red soil. After that, we poured it into a plastic bag and added a tea-spoon of sugar. Next, the teacher -Mrs Evans- poured some hot water into the bag and sealed it so that it was airtight. Since science is most unpredictable, we had to wait a few minutes to see if there would be a reaction but if we fiddled with it, it wouldn’t work. Within 4 minutes, my groups project had started to froth up and turn a pinkish red colour. Because our project did this, it meant that we had the one with bacteria life in it which meant it had worked!

In my next lesson, we headed down to my previous class (5C) and sat down in a random seat, making sure we had spaced the same year groups out onto different tables. We watched a short video of somebody telling a story about a boy who longed to be an astronaut but he was afraid of the dark, but he finally learned of its beauty. The boy’s name was Mr Armstrong and later in his life he landed on the moon in 1969 on a very dangerous journey. He had 60 seconds worth of fuel left and he was 150ft away from the moon; his heart rate went from 77 to 167 within 10 seconds until he finally steered himself to safety, being the first man to land on the moon. After that, in groups of 4-7, we had to write what equipment we thought would keep us alive in outer space we thought that air tanks and space suits would keep us alive. We also added canned and dried food and water to the list because obviously you need food to survive.

Our final lesson, in 6K, we learnt about the craters on the moon- did you know that 80% of the moon’s surface is covered in craters caused by meteorites? We had one tray of flour on each table, 3 different balls with different masses and a metre stick. We had to fill out a sheet to show what ball we would use first, what we would change and how high the ball would be dropped into the tray of flour: we needed to make sure it was a fair test! We were allowed 3 different balls that each had 3 tests and my group chose: the tennis ball, the soft sponge ball and the sponge ball. First, we dropped the tennis ball from 85cm and it made a large crater in the flour that measured a diameter of 6cm. We repeated this 3 times so that it would be a fair test. We next did the soft sponge ball which also measured 6cm. On our final ball (the sponge ball), we dropped it twice that measured 6.5cm and 6cm but on our third and final test the sponge ball measured a length of 7.3cm!!

Overall, in the entire day, I had lots of fun and learnt lots of new things. In fact, at home I love art so much that learning about space inspired me to draw lots of galaxy paintings, planets and stars.

                                                                By Isobel 6K