In Year 6, our children had to decide ways in which to group plants. They applied their classification skills to different types of plants, giving their reasons for the groups and justifying them to others. By the end of the lesson they recognised that plants can be classified in different ways and that scientists have a classification system that includes all plants. In order to get apply their learning the children explored different leaves available on our school field such as: flowering plants, ferns, conifers, barley grass, mosses and other types of perennial and annual plants.
For the pulse rate investigation, we timed ourselves doing different types of exercise. The activities got more vigorous as we continued. We measured our pulse rate after each exercise for comparison.
In this module children learn about how to keep their bodies healthy and how their bodies might be damaged. The focus is on lifestyle choices that humans make, including diet, exercise and drug use, and how these are informed by scientific evidence. They explore the effects of exercise on the body and develop their understanding of the circulatory and respiratory systems as they investigate, the effects of exercise on the pulse and its recovery rate. They then find out about the training regimes of athletes and learn about special diets and training programmes.
Children will learn that the health of humans can be adversely affected by the following:
• A poor diet: A healthy diet is one that helps to maintain or improve general health, providing the body with essential nutrition, including water, protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and adequate energy (expressed in calories).
• A healthy diet can include plant- and animal-based foods.
• Exposure to disease-causing micro-organisms: Micro-organisms can be transmitted to and between humans in several ways, including eating and drinking contaminated food and water.
• Exposure to harmful substances: These include tobacco, which has been directly linked to breathing disorders, blocked arteries, heart disease, lung and other cancers and nerve damage, and alcohol drug and solvent abuse, which have been directly linked to impaired performance, personality change and major organ damage.
• Lack of exercise, rest and sleep: Regular exercise makes humans stronger and more efficient, and a lack of regular exercise can lead to joint and muscle problems, clogged arteries, high blood pressure and heart disease. Humans need to rest and to sleep so that the body can repair and recharge itself. Insufficient sleep can lead to stress, anxiety and impaired performance.
• Stress: Stress can be caused by a wide range of physical, emotional and environmental factors, and lead to a range of physical and physiological symptoms. Common misconceptions: Children generally attribute good health to what they eat and drink, and identify individual foods as healthy, rather than recognising the need for a balanced diet or eating in moderation. Children often see exercise and rest as just adult pursuits.
And many more…
As part of our science curriculum Year 6 are currently learning about the circulatory system and the function of the heart. Year 6 children received real life experience by handling a lamb heart to explore, smell, touch and the different parts of the heart, which they have been learning about in class.
Below are some key facts about one of the most important organs in the human body:
Representatives from Thames water, lead an engaging workshop designed to promote awareness and educate children about water usage. They covered: the use of reservoirs; how to be water smart in the home; and how to use water saving tools, within the home.
This term our children will be constructing circuits with an increasing number of components and contrast the effects this has on the function of the components. They role play the flow of electricity through a basic circuit and one that includes fuse wire, to model the effect that this has on other components. The children learn to use the recognised electrical symbols to record circuits, particularly as the circuits become more complex. When working scientifically, children carry out illustrative practical’s, describe circuits using scientific language and record them using the recognised symbols.