You may remember last year we took part in the Great Science Share, a national (now global) campaign to get children talking about science, generating scientific questions and sharing science with family members and the wider community. The GSS 2020 was launched last week and I encourage as many of you as possible to visit the website, register your interest and take part in as many activities as possible. Each week will be a new theme: last week was ‘Dawn Chorus’ and this week will be celebrating 200 years of the Royal Astronomical Society. Along with each theme will be an ‘inspirational idea’ for children to get involved with, a live lesson on Wednesday with Dr Chips, opportunities to ask real scientists questions and lots of resources linked to activities you can get involved in at home.
I will keep sharing information with you about this over the next few weeks as it all leads up to the final campaign day on 16th June….but for now, please register and start to get involved!
Living Things and their Habitats
This half term we will be looking at how we catagorise living things in the world.
Every living thing on earth needs a name to identify it. There are many common names for animals (almost a different one in every language) so that gets confusing quickly. For example, the house sparrow is called Haussperling, Town sparrow, Huismossie, Domovoy Vorobey, 家麻雀, Gorrión común, and so on. The Swedish biologist Carl Linnaeus solved this problem in 1753 by creating a universal code to identify any species.
The first word is the genus which identifies a group of closely related species, the second word is to distinguish a particular species. This combination is unique for each living organism. Latin was the language of science in Europe at the time, which is why most of the words are Latin (although Greek is also used).
We don't need to learn the Latin names for living things, but as with all Latin words in can help us to make links with other things. As humans our Latin name is Homo sapiens. When you find out some names they are very obvious, for example a skunk is Mephitis mephitis which means 'smelly, smelly'!
Find out why Sir David Attenborough is unique in this area.
If you would like to find out more about the naming of plants and animals have a look at -
https://www.zmescience.com/other/feature-post/beginners-guide-naming-species-latin/ (please check with an adult before following any links from this page)
Completed Activities and shared work
Science - electricity
- circuit diagrams.docx
Have a look around your home or school for the different types of switches. Look at our circuit diagrams and think how they could work. Do you have any switches at home that are particularly different? Why do you think this is?
Science - sound
How do we Hear?
STEM and Practical Science Ideas
STEM and practical science ideas can be found here live each day at 10am. Don't worry if you miss them, they are still showing and you can have a go at a later date! Have fun!