Year six have had a superb science week where they have immersed themselves in scientific enquiry and thinking scientifically. The activities and investigations we have completed have enabled us to practise some vital scientific skills such as being curious, questioning, making links, reasoning, persevering and collaborating.
We began the week with a debate! We learned about selective breeding of animals and crops and thought about whether we agree with it or not. We were then given a character card who shared their thoughts on selective breeding. We decided whether they were FOR or AGAINST selective breeding before picking out their points of view ready to argue and debate with our class.
We represented our characters’ points of view expressing how they felt about the topic. Our classmates rated our debate by awarding us ticks for how strong a point we made.
At the end of the lesson, we shared our own opinions on selective breeding and whether we are for or against it and our reasons why.
Our first scientific enquiry involved us investigating the question - Does the appearance of food affect how it tastes?
We were blown away by some of the facts we found out:
1/3 of all farmed vegetables and fruits never find their way to supermarket shelves.
Our food wastage equates to 400,000 cars worth of carbon emissions.
Before 2016, when Asda became the first supermarket to introduce wonky fruit and vegetables to their shelves, all 'imperfect' fruit and veg was discarded.
After Asda brought 'wonky fruit and veg' boxes to their shelves, many supermarkets soon followed and today you can purchase many 'wonky' fruits and vegetables which are sold at a discounted price: strawberries, raspberries, carrots, apples, peppers, cherries, grapes...
We were given a selection of fruit and veg - strawberries, grapes, carrots and apples. We had a wonky sample and a regular sample of each and we talked about which we believed would taste better just by their appearance. We thought the regular fruit might taste better as it might be juicier.
Some children thought they would taste the same whether they were wonky or regular.
We recorded our each step of our investigation and conclusions on Apple Clips. Here are a selection of the videos we created.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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