This week we began our new immersion learning! Our concept is 'Energy' and the first context we are exploring this through is 'Whizz, Bang, Pop!' (The material world of science).
Our Essential Questions are:
What is energy?
Can energy run out?
How is energy important in the everyday lives of people?
Bang, Crackle and Pop!Before we began this context, we asked the children 'What is a Reaction?' and recorded our thinking on hexagons. We then grouped our thinking. At the end of this context we will ask the same question and reflect on our learning journey. We have recorded them on our learning journey wall.
We then kickstarted the learning off in style! Working in Guardian Groups, the children took part in four different experiments over the week. We also sent home immersion reading to support the learning. Our key vocabulary was/is: energy, reaction, change, liquid, solid, gas, create, absorb, hypothesis (predict), experiment, results
Some of the key learning that we wanted the children to experience or be directly taught were/are:
*Identifying and sorting solids, liquids and gases. We did this during workshops but also as independent priorities.
*Predicting (coming up with a hypothesis) and recording their results
*Writing step by step instructions (procedural writing) directly linked to the experiment
*Measuring during the experiment e.g. using measuring cups and exploring measurement during priority learning.
It has been a great week of learning! The children have been very excited. Watch this space for more updates...