Science in year 6
Monday 11th September |
Last week in science, the year 6 children began by looking at The Scientific Method – in order to try get us thinking like scientists! We learned the stages of the method through two wonderful raps (which have kept me awake for several nights going round in my head!) Hear are the links so you can sing along with your child!
What is the Scientific Method?
In kid’s terms, the scientific method is a way for scientists to study and learn things. It doesn’t matter what the scientist is trying to learn, using the scientific method can help them come up with an answer.
The first thing to do with the scientific method is to come up with a question. You can’t find the answer until you know the question after all!
Next you need to observe and gather information in order to come up with a guess (called a hypothesis) or a number of guesses to the answer.
Now you run experiments to see if your guess is right. As you run experiments you can change your guess, or hypothesis, to fit your results. A key to good experiments is to only change one thing, or variable, at a time. This way you can check your results and know what you changed that changed the answer.
Finally, after running all the tests you can think of, you present your final answer.
By going through this process, scientists have a way to verify their guesses and to double check each other. Another scientist can take a look at your tests and add some more tests and continue to refine your answer to the question.
Scientific Method Steps
As described above there are steps you take when using the scientific method. Here is an example of the steps:
- Ask a question
- Gather information and observe (research)
- Make a hypothesis (guess the answer)
- Experiment and test your hypothesis
- Analyze your test results
- Present a conclusion