Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Water Cycle by Amelia


Our new topic is the Water Cycle. In order to understand the process, we have been asked to write out an explanation. Here is mine, hopefully detailed and informative enough to really deserve its place on the Year 5/6 blog:


The Water Cycle

Water is everywhere. In our houses, at the beach, at the local
swimming pool. Our everyday lives depend on it. We can also see it in
many forms, such as condensation on our windows and steam from our
showers. Have you ever wondered how there are so many different forms
and why we need them? Well, they are all linked with a physical
process called the Water Cycle (also known as the hydrological cycle).
And what is the Water Cycle, you ask? Luckily for you, this text is
all about this everyday system. So read on for a simple yet detailed
explanation on how the Water Cycle really works:

It starts off when the heat from the Sun causes evaporation. This is
when the heat warms up the water from any water source or humid
environment (for example: rainforests, oceans, puddles). Because of
this temperature change, the liquid changes into a gas called water
vapour. The newly-made gas accumulates (collects together) and uses
transportation to create a cloud.

The vapour, as it rises, starts to change temperature; once it has
fully cooled, it forms a liquid known as condensation. The cloud – now
full with condensation – is moved by the wind. As it is transported
around the sky, it collects more and more vapour. Eventually, it gets
so full that it can’t hold any more. So, instead of bursting like a
balloon, it causes precipitation.

The precipitation can either be: rain; snow; sleet or hail, and falls
down onto the ground. Here, it either runs off back into the seas and
oceans via rivers and streams or infiltrates the ground. Infiltration
is when the water makes its way into the cracks and pores in the dirt.
Consequently, it trickles through the underground and allows the
plants to drink it through their roots. As a result of the Sun’s heat,
this causes the plants to ‘sweat’. This is called transpiration. And
then it happens over and over and over again!

Water is an essential part of our everyday lives. From hydration to
transportation, this liquid is absolutely everywhere, helping us with
everything. We know we need water, but what about the Water Cycle
itself?




Friday, 30 November 2018

Building the International Space Station...


Virtual Reality with NK Science Teachers...

We landed on every planet in our solar system this week!



More photos from the National Space Centre...










Thursday, 29 November 2018

The National Space Centre


The National Space Centre

Our trip to The Space Centre was the best school trip ever. 

In this blog we will be telling you all about our Y5/6 Space Centre trip.
  
As our bus pulled into the bus bay, we were amazed by the incredible rocket tower that stood over us. It was out of this world; we were certainly excited to get inside. A bronze monument in the form of an astronaut hung over us as we walked towards the entrance. We were guided to the centre by astronaut footsteps that we enjoyed following to reach our final destination. 

Inside the Space Centre there was: an amazing 4D theatre, called a planetarium, where we watched a film called Astronaut. We learnt about the dangers of space and what training the astronauts need. We didn't know that they trained underwater so that they could experience the feeling of weightlessness. We also learnt that they had to go on an aircraft called the 'Vomit Comet' which ascends high in the sky then descends rapidly, which gives the astronaut trainees the feeling of what zero gravity will really feel like in space for a short amount of time. Finally, there was also the rocket tower, which included three floors of information about the Space Race, plus games and the first sci-fi movie called 'Le Voyage dans la Lune' (The Journey to the Moon) which is about a president who wanted to send people to the moon.

But the main attraction for us was this spectacular laser game where you had to sit on a machine and try to hit the glowing targets with a red laser pointer. Everyone wanted to have a go before we had to return to the coach.

It was an over-the-moon experience, and it was one that we all will never forget.

Written and edited by Y6 Cant