Scientists in Action - Year 5
This term, Year 5 students have been launched into being chemists.
Working scientifically, students have examined the properties of common white powders using a stereo microscope, mixing the powders with water and adding iodine. It is so exciting, and a little bit nerve racking, allowing the students to operate independently with equipment and organise their own workspace.
Apart from learning strategic scientific skills to avoid cross-contamination and make all the tests 'fair', the students must cooperate in their group, allocate tasks as necessary and keep track of their own equipment. The skills learnt in the next few weeks will be needed when the Year 5 students are presented with a mystery: unknown powders will need to be identified to find the culprit at the crime scene!