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As we have entered Summer this term, we are looking at all plants big and small. While you are in your gardens or lucky enough to have a walk for some exercise (or a bike ride like me) try and identify and count as many different varieties of plants and trees you can.

 

Week 5 (18.05.2020)

This week you are going to look at the entire life cycle of plants. Here are a few short videos that show some really good graphics and also key words that you need to look out for.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zgqyrdm

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=92&v=oFOpDT3hXv4&feature=emb_logo

 

Your task is to create your own poster to show the life cycle of any plant, fruit or vegetable that you like. Here are a couple of pictures to show you some really good examples.

 

 

Week 4 (11.05.2020)

 

This week in science I hope you have been watering your plants and keeping some in the dark to see how it affected them. 

 

Now that your plants, seeds or weeds have had a week to change, I would like you to make a colourful poster showing how you laid out your experiment. Don't forget - felt tips and bubble writing is definitely allowed!

 

You should include:

fair testing - what did you keep the same for every plant?

the independent variable - what did you change?

list of equipment

labelled diagram

prediction - what you thought might happen before you started.

results - what actually happened.

conclusion - what did you learn? It's best to follow the questions.

1.  What were the best conditions for your plant to survive?

2. Why do plants not survive in the dark?

3. What is photosynthesis?

 

Have fun!

 

 

 

Week 3 (04.05.2020)

This week I wondered if you could set up a little experiment in your house (please get permission from your adults for this one).

 

Try to collect 4 plants or seeds that are the same. (You will need the roots as well if you take the whole plant, for the experiment to be fair). It doesn't matter if it is a small patch of grass or weeds, but try and have 4 of the same for a controlled experiment (like we have done so far this year in class).

 

Here is what you should do with your 4 plants:

  1. Place one in sunlight and give it some water each day.
  2. Place one in sunlight and don't give it any water
  3. Place one in a dark cupboard and give it some water each day.
  4. Place one in a dark cupboard and don't give it any water

 

Try and keep the experiment going for about a week to see what happens and please send in pictures if you can, that way we can see if you all had similar or different results on the year 4 blog.

 

Below is a Power-point to help your learning. After you've finished the experiment please write down three important things that most plants need in order to grow and why they need them.  With science I always like to check my learning with an experiment, so have fun and I look forward to seeing all of your lovely experiments!

 

P.S. if you label your pictures, your friends can easily see which ones are in the light or have been watered.  If you want to try something different (like different water temperatures) give it a go I will be excited to see what you come up with.

 

What a plant needs to grow

Week 2 (27.04.2020)

Here is a brilliant David Attenborough video all about plants and a forest through the seasons.

 

Go outside and see if you can pick some flowers or weeds and see what they have in common and how they differ. Then can you label your own plants using the key words in the form below.  Some parts might be really hard to find on your plant so don't worry if you can't find all of them.

Fun Science Experiments

 

Here are a load of fun science experiments that you can try at home from the Science Museum in London.

 

For most of the experiments you only need to raid your recycling bin for a few odds and ends!

 

When you try out the experiment at home try and improve or change one thing to investigate what effect it can have on the final product.

 

PLEASE TAKE CARE AND ASK FOR ADULT HELP IF YOU ARE USING SCISSORS.

 

Have fun!

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