A stimulating Science Week

IGS Year 5 students Max and Caspar share their reflections on the recent Year 5 Science Week.

IGS Year 5 students were recently tasked with completing a series of Science challenges.

In Jessica Price’s class, students conducted an experiment relating to nature.

“We looked at leaves from our beloved Peace Garden and Ms Price’s balcony. We first watched a video and learned about certain types of leaves and how many different types of leaves you can find exploring your
garden,” the students said.

“We learned about how photosynthesis works, how there are many different types of colours, sizes and shapes of leaves and how plants are the only living things that can make their food!

“After watching the video, we investigated different species of plants and made descriptions of them.”

Students also enjoyed drawing images of the plants and adding their dimensions.

“Investigating the unique plant species was amazing and interesting,” they said.

“After completing the plant experiment, we went over to Ms Weir’s classroom and tried to build the tallest tower using only 50cm of tape, 20 mini marshmallows, a huge marshmallow and 15 pieces of spaghetti!”

“We worked in a group and it was an intense competition. There were a few obstacles along the way, such as snapping the raw spaghetti, the urge to eat the marshmallows, keeping our structure balanced and upright and utilising all available resources.”

Students were asked to complete their tower in 20 minutes.

“We had to do some planning to ensure we had a tower that would be stable. We quickly built our fabulous food tower and ended up feeling the tension rise as we eagerly awaited our height results. It was a tight competition, and it was entertaining conducting that experiment.”

In the afternoon, students visited Mr Holmes and Mr Smith’s classrooms. 

“In Mr Holmes’ class, we tried to make the tallest tower possible using only tin foil. We had a 20-minute time limit and we also had to be creative when designing our tin foil tower. The tinfoil was interesting to work with, as we had to use different methods to construct our tower,” the students said.

“One of the more successful methods was to twist the tinfoil and stick it
together. We set aside some extra tinfoil to make a base. As the last group, we had an extra challenge to face. That challenge was to reuse the previous tin foil from other classes to build our towers.”

Caspar said that his tower was inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk.

In Mr Smith’s classroom, students studied cubes, pyramids and triangular prisms.

“We learned about how triangular-shaped objects are better than cubes in some ways, and one of those examples was when you are camping,” they said.

“We learned about physics and then discussed why cubes were more ineffective. To test that theory, we formed a group and built a pyramid by ourselves using tape and newspaper.

“We had to roll the newspaper into a thin cylinder and then tape it to make a shape that resembles a pyramid but it didn’t have any faces. We then applied a bit of pressure on it and tested to see if it was strong enough.”

Congratulations to our Year 5 Teachers who provided students with an engaging and exciting Science Week program.