P3A have had a fantastic first term in 2016, and we had a very wet start to our learning!
Our Water Topic has had us doing lots of experiments to learn about water, but we started by thinking about what we already knew. To do this, we did an activity called Think-Puzzle-Explore.
We worked in our groups to think about what we already knew:
- Water comes from taps
- You can drink water
- You can put water in a bottle
- If you shine a torch through water you can make a rainbow
- You can wash your clothes with it
- You can wash yourself with water
We felt a bit like we were already experts after making that list, but then we realised there were still a lot of puzzles, so we made a list of questions:
- How does water turn into ice?
- How does ice turn into water?
- What happens when you put things in water?
- Where does water come from?
- How does it rain?
- How do you turn dirty water into clean water?
- How is water healthy?
Luckily, we had some ideas about explore our topic and answer some of these questions:
- We could try and make ice and turn it back into water
- We can put salt in water to find out what happens
- We can put different things in water to find out what floats and sinks
- We could ask people about how it rains
- We could look at the rain
- We could do lots of experiments!
First Ms. Watson brought us ice which was in all kinds of weird shapes. We had ice shaped like different letters, a fish, a mermaid, and even two frozen hands! We realised that you make ice into water by heating it up – we could melt even the ice with our hands because they were warm! We also discussed that we did know how to make water into ice – Ms Watson must have put water into funny moulds (and two rubber gloves!) and left them in the freezer to make them into ice.
Next we had to make predictions about putting different things into water. We had to write down what we thought would happen if we put salt, sand, washing up liquid and oil into water. We were really surprised by some of the results, and we could see that some things float, others sink, and some disappear altogether. Our favourite was the oil, although we didn’t like getting it all over our hands!
We loved learning about the water cycle. We even made some model mini-water cycles using mixing bowls and cling film. We managed to make clouds and we even learned made it rain on an ‘island’ in the middle. We realised that water can go round and round the water cycle for years!
Make your own water cycle!
At the end of term we were really lucky to have Jimmy from Water Aid come and talk to us. He told us all about how far some people have to walk every day to get water, and how dangerous dirty water can be if you drink it. We learned lots of children around the world can’t go to school because they have to spend so long collecting water, and how important it is to have access to toilets to help keep water clean.
Read about WaterAid here
Even after all this fantastic learning we STILL had questions! We might try and find out more about water at home or in school when we’re older to answer these ones:
- What others things can you put in water?
- Why do some people have clean water and other people don’t?
- Will Scotland always have enough water?
Ms Watson says we must be developing great growth mind sets to still want to learn so much more than we already have!