The Day the Chairs Quit
When the Year Six children arrived at school this morning, they discovered that all of the green chairs had ‘disappeared.’ Both of the Year Six classes were left a letter by the green chairs explaining why they had quit their job. The children in Year Six spent the morning sharing ways that they can treat their chairs better, reasons why we need chairs and writing an initial letter to their chair. The green chairs heard the children’s ideas and decided to give them a second chance. Will the children in Year Six persuade the green chairs to stay with their persuasive letter writing?
Using a variety of equipment we made a model of the digestive system. The bowl represented the mouth and the water represented saliva. The tube represented the oesophagus. Orange juice represented the acid in the stomach. Bread and crackers represented food. A metal tray represented the body and a plastic bag represented the stomach. The tights represented the small intestines and the cups represented the large intestines, the rectum and the anus. The result was a disgusting but scientifically interesting modal of the digestive system.
First we teared up the bread and put it into the mouth (the bowl) with the saliva (the water). The food then travelled down the oesophagus (the tube) and into the stomach (the plastic bag). Then we added stomach acid (orange juice) and squashed the food up using our stomach muscles (our hands). The food then passed through the small intestines (the tights) and all the nutrients we need for growth and energy flowed into the body (the metal tray). The things the body couldn’t digest were transferred to the large intestines (the paper cup) and were pushed out mimicking the action of going to the toilet.
In mixed ability groups the children were given a heart that had been cut in half to investigate. The children were using scientific vocabulary brilliantly and were able to identify the different parts of the heart. They wore gloves and used sticks to explore the different parts of the heart.