Science Resource

One of the best resources that I have used this year is www.simplescince.net

“The idea of SIMPLE SCIENCE is to have informative music video presentations for use in the primary school classroom.

They are designed to be used as part of a lesson to reinforce learning objectives and scientific concepts and also as a useful
revision tool for the SAT exams.  They work particularly well on a large whiteboard but can also be viewed on the computer screen and TV.
 

There is a DVD for each year group which contains all the information videos and video songs for each unit of study of the UK National Science Curriculum. They also have fun karaoke and subtitled versions of the songs on each disc.”

 

I ordered the complete set for the school (in particular for my year 6, to help with their revision)  The children asked if they could have then to take home.  We discussed this (ie did they want a disc with them on or some other format)  The overall majority wanted to have it on their phones and ipods.  So I contacted one of the creators, Owen Jamerson, and asked if i could convert the files.  He was more than happy for this to happen as I had purchased the complete set of videos.  So with the help of my school network manager, we set about converting every video clip.  The children then uploaded them/ installed them to their chosen device.  

Hopefully, this years SAT’s results can prove the impact this has had on the children.  I can claim to have heard a select few singing out the songs for particular topics in order to answer some of this year questions!! 

Here is an example of just one video – see how long it takes before you too are singing along!

6B Micro-organism Song from Simple Science on Vimeo.

Health Week – Calorie Counting

Today saw the start of Health week in Year 6 after missing out earlier in the year due to SAT’s revision and practice papers.  In Numeracy the children are going to keep a food record (including snacks) to then enter into a spreadsheet and calculate their average intake per day.  This initially raised a few eyebrows with the children as they didn’t really want to share what they were eating, but through discussion they soon realized the benefits of doing this.

We used http://caloriecount.about.com/ to work out what each item of food was worth and then entered all the data into an excel spreadsheet (it was set up as an assignment in Edmodo) children then entered all the information they could before ‘turning in’ their work for me to look at

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En Vacances!

After SAT’s – Year 6 Challenge!

Once SAT’s are over, and we have enjoyed a restful break after half term, I am going to try an experiment in Year 6.  We are a two form entry school and through discussion with my fellow Year 6 teacher we have created the following

This geography based topic investigates a different culture and country. By planning a holiday to France, to discover how Paris has changed over the years. We will investigate key places, buildings, districts and famous people such as the Paris Expo, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa. Art Nouveau, the Impressionists and Paris culture. You will create a spreadsheet to record the holiday budget, calculate all costing for trips, visits, transport and accommodation.

There is a catch ……..

Half the year group will be using technology (laptops/digital camera/ipod/internet)the rest will be using paper and secondary sources.  The idea behind this is to see what technology can do whilst seeing if the children are able to harness its potential! 

For me it provides the opportunity to see if  a ‘paperless environment’ can work within a school setting …….. Only time will tell!