6B explores anatomy!
On Wednesday 21st March, we were visited by several Bristol University students. They taught us about the human body and the digestive system as well as how to compare them to animals.
After identifying what a herbivore, a carnivore and an omnivore are, we discussed the human body focusing on the stomach, small intestine and large intestine. When we finished doing this, 6B used string to estimate how long the digestive systems of 3 animals are: tiger (carnivore), cow (herbivore) and human (omnivore). The cow, which was the herbivore, was the longest as it needed all that length to break down its food. The human came next and, surprisingly, the tiger came last with the shortest intestine!
Then we studied the skulls of different animals and a human (fake) trying to guess what animal they came from. To identify them, we looked at the position of their canines, incisors and molars (the different types of teeth), as well as the shape of the skull. Herbivores have mostly flat molar teeth and their eyes are on the sides of their skulls so they can see any predators easily. Carnivores have really sharp canines to rip into their food and have their eyes at the front of their skulls to spot their prey easily. Omnivores have a mixture of sharp canines and flat molars which makes sense as it matches their diet.
We had a great time and learnt a lot. Thank you to the students from Bristol University and to Mr Meredith for organising it.
By Nanzahyi Wasike and Eva Jenkinson of 6B.
We've had a very busy start to Term 4!!
The week started with more exploration of what is most of the class's favourite maths subject at the moment - ALGEBRA!!! Along with finding lots of possibilities to solve 2 unknowns we also solved 2-step algebraic formulae by making domino loops (photos below). In literacy, we've just begun to explore explanation texts and have been researching how penguins adapted to their cold Antarctic environment linking to our new science topic of 'Evolution and Inheritance' (cross-curricular Mr Webster!).
But it's not all been about maths and literacy! In French we had great fun recapping the names of the continents (in French) and placing them on a world map. Following that, we looked at the main rivers of the world, practiced saying them (again in French) and then came the really tricky part: putting them under the correct continent!! Even Miss Brock got herself confused with where the Congo needed to go!! Some of our photos are below or can be seen in our books.
Friday afternoon however turned out to be the best - and messiest - afternoon so far! The day before we learned about how earthquakes occur, the damage they can cause and how architects are looking to build earthquake-proof buildings before designing our own earthquake-proof buildings to be constructed out of marshmallows and straws. Which is what we used this afternoon to get into such a mess!! We built our buildings (with varying degrees of success) and then came the moment of truth - would the building withstand an earthquake? There was only one thing to do - get a large slab of jelly and SHAKE IT!!!! Some of the constructions actually survived so whilst they might not all have been the most attractive, they did at least fulfill the brief! Well done everyone. However, EVERYTHING ended up covered in sticky blobs of marshmallows and a crew of people were needed just to clean the scissors after our experiments as well as bin all the sticky newspapers, straws and blobs of jelly - Miss Brock says a big thank you to everyone for helping!
What will the rest of the term bring?!?
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