P6/7 May 2015
Harry F: On Tuesday we learned about the Scottish Parliament. I learned about the presiding officer’s job and a little about the leaders of the different parties. Not all of it was about science, however we managed to bring science week into it when we chose to debate about bringing wolves back into Scotland.
Logan: I enjoyed learning about all different assemblies and parliaments in the UK. I learned that there was one in every country and even one just for London.
Max: I found out that Boris Johnston was the head of the London Assembly.
Cooper: I learned that in Wales and Northern Ireland they are not called parliaments, they are called assemblies.
Harry R: I liked learning about the design of the parliament and how the man who designed it decided what it would be like.
Joshua: I liked being the presiding officer during our debate. I got to bang the gavel when everyone was talking at the same time.
Millie: I learned what a gavel is!
Oliver: On Tuesday, I enjoyed setting up the tomato plant experiment. This is going to test whether or not fertiliser helps plants grow better.
Demi: We designed this experiment a couple of weeks ago. Two of the plants were planted with fertiliser and two got none. We are going to measure how tall and heavy they grow and see if the ones with fertiliser grow better.
James: I enjoyed guessing what the experiment of the mustard experiment would be. This experiment has four pots of mustard seeds in it. One of them is getting water and sun, one is getting water and no sun, one is getting sun and no water, and one is getting no water and no sun. This is to test whether or not plants need both water and sun in order to grow.
Harry R: I enjoyed learning about seed germination. We learned about the different stages. First the seed soaks up water from the soil and then it grows a root to keep the new plant stable and to collect water and nutrients from the soil. Then when the root is big enough the new shot starts to grow and once it is through the top of the soil it grows leaves so that it can start collecting energy from the sun.
Katie: We watched a speeded-up video of germination. The roots came out of the seeds and then the shoots started growing up and up with the seed shell still attached. Then the plants started to grow little leaves. It was quite strange to see as I have never seen it before because the start of it all is usually under the soil.
Murray: On Wednesday we took lily flowers apart to explore all of the different parts using clues on the board. I enjoyed this because I didn’t know how many different parts that there were.
Romeo: I liked dissecting the lily as well and sticking all of the different parts down on paper. We learned about what all of the different parts did in the flower.
Oliver: I enjoyed taking the lilies apart too because I found it interesting to know that there was so much crammed into a beautiful flower.
Luke: I thought that it was pretty cool that all of the different parts were crammed into the one flower. I should maybe have paid a little more attention as I spent most of the day calling the ‘anther’ the ‘Arthur’ but I know what it is called now!
Harry F: I learned that pollination is important so that the flowers can fertilise their eggs and turn them into seeds.
Romeo: Pollination is important for humans too as some flowers will grow fruit after they have been pollinated.
Nyree: Flowers can be pollinated in different ways. We learned that they can be pollinated by the wind, by birds with really long beaks, by bats with their long tongues and by insects like bees.
Jacob: In the afternoon, I learned all about seed dispersal. I did not really think about plants having to spread their seeds around before but now I understand how many ways plants have of doing this, some of them seem quite weird! My favourite method of seed dispersal was the seed being in the middle of a fruit. I had not realised this before and it is really weird how they use us and animals to spread their seeds for them.
Rory: I enjoyed learning about seed dispersal. I liked hearing about peas bursting out of their pods and seeing the animation. I had not realised that the peas were seeds!
Euan: I enjoyed learning about seed dispersal too. Palm trees drop coconuts into the rivers or seas and they drift away on the currents and land on a beach somewhere. Then they grow into a new palm tree!
Demi: My favourite seeds were the sycamore seeds because I liked the way that they spin around as they fall from the tree. They spin because of the wing-like thing attached to them and are dispersed by the wind.
Millie: I liked the poppy seeds because they were dispersed like a shaker. The seed head had holes in the top of it and when it moved in the wind it would shake out some poppy seeds.
Matilda: My favourite seed was the sticky willow seed. I liked this because it was sticky and I like sticky things. I have seen them before but I didn’t realise that they were seeds before.
Harry R: I liked seeing some of the unusual seeds on the clip of David Attenborough’s TV show that we watched. One of them opened very suddenly at the slightest touch and seeds fired for up to fifteen feet!
Oliver: I liked the plant which looked like an alien. The pod opened up like a mouth and seeds fired out at different angles, giving the seeds a better chance of survival.
Charlotte: I enjoyed going pond dipping on Thursday morning. My favourite part was measuring the water for its PH. I liked seeing the colour on the paper change. We found out that the PH of the pond was 5.0 which is slightly acidic.
Emily: We also looked at all of the different beasties which we could find in the water at the pond. We used a net to collect some pond creatures from the water and then looked at them through a microscope in a tray.
Ailsa: We used a key to help us to identify the different creatures in the water. Different creatures got different points which helped us to figure out how healthy the pond was.
Lara: My least favourite creature was the leech because it looked weird and like a worm.
Jacob: I enjoyed the pond because I did not know any of the wildlife there. I didn’t even know that we had leeches in this country. It was really fun exploring the pond because I have not really been around that area, but after knowing what is in the pond I am probably not going to go swimming in it!
Max: I enjoyed everything but what I liked the most was when the leech got stuck to the tray.
Katie: My favourite creatures were the tadpoles because they were really fast swimmers and really small.
Demi: I enjoyed going to the pond. I never knew that there would be that many bugs in it!
Millie: I enjoyed going to the pond because I have been there quite a lot but I never knew that there were so many creatures living in it. My favourite creature was the Mayfly larvae because it was really cool how it moved around on the bottom.
Romeo: I didn’t get to see the pond but I liked seeing all of the bugs that the people from OPAL had brought to the school to show the class afterwards. My favourite was the diving beetle, it was cool.
Oliver: I like the diving beetle too because the man told us that it keeps the air in its bum. It was also brown underneath for camouflage when it is breathing.
P6/7 recorded all of their findings when exploring the pond and when they got back to class they filled in an online survey to share the health status of the pond with researchers. Everyone was very pleased to realise that the pond is very healthy!
Later that day, pupils explored how plants are able to use water from the soil using a simple experiment…
Charlotte: I never knew that plants had xylem which helps them to take water around their body. We put celery in red dye and then looked for the xylem to see if it was red. Some of it was, although it had not quite got to the top of the stem! We had a competition to see who could get the longest piece of xylem out in one piece.
Millie: Our group won the competition to get the longest piece of xylem out!
Millie: On Friday we had a visit from Mrs MacEachern. She talked to us about working for SEPA and what her job involves. She showed us the way that they measure how much water has fallen and the depth and current of rivers. I found it interesting that they are actually able to get this information from the machines by using the phone.
Joshua: It was cool when she talked about her job because it sounded quite interesting and at the same time as doing fun stuff for herself she gets to help the environment.
James: I liked the technology that she used because it was interesting to see how and when it was used.
The Whole Week
Nyree: My favourite part of science week was the pond dipping. I think that the school should do science week again as it is fun and interesting. I think that science is great because it helped me to understand all about the world of plants.
Luke: My favourite part was probably dissecting the lilies to see what was inside them. I think that we should do science week again as it was fun and a bit of a change to usual routine.
Katie: I liked going to the pond most. I liked seeing what was inside the flowers too. I think that the school should do it again as it was a really fun experience and I think that everyone enjoyed it.
Harry F: My favourite part of science week was taking apart the lily and I think that the school should do science week again because it was fun and I learned some useful facts about science.
Charlotte: My favourite part of science week was taking apart the lilies because I never knew so much was crammed into one flower. I think that if the school did science week again they should just do one or two days rather than the whole week as it kind of took over the other curricular areas.
Emily: My favourite part of science week was learning about all the different seeds and plants, like the poppy. I think that the school should do science week again as it was very fun and you learned a lot more about science doing it every day.
Matilda: My favourite part of science week was learning about plants. I didn’t know that flowers could develop into fruit. I think that the school should do science week again as it is really fun and it is a chance to learn more about science.