Today we put on our scientist glasses and examined some bones to try and figure out what makes them strong.
Then we did some research and learned that our bones are living and constantly growing and regenerating. They need plenty of calcium from dairy products and leafy green vegetables to stay healthy as well as vitamin D. We get vitamin D from sunshine. Our bones also need load bearing exercise to keep them strong.
Finally we designed and made model bones, much like the chicken bones we examined, to see if we could work out what makes bones strong. When we tested our models we were surprised that thin pieces of card became so strong when we made them into tube shaped bones.
Bentfield School Year 5 students all came up with suggestions for our team name. We voted for our favourite. We have designed our own mascot, Sparky, and mission patch. We are starting our mission journals and have used Word and publisher to design our covers. We will be voting for our favourite cover design. We also have individual mascots and patches.
Bentfield Primary School have been learning lots of new skills. We have been developing our core strength. We have been trying not to sag in our crab walks. We are finding it difficult to skip and run at the same time. Some of us are learning to skip for the first time and also learning how to do forward rolls well. Many of us found the double forward roll really tricky. A lot of us found the urine challenge a bit gross but fun. Some of us didn't want to keep our urine samples. When the weather improves we will be measuring the distance around our netball court and walking and running around as part of the base station walk back.
Year 6 have begun training like astronauts. We have already improved our fitness during 'Crew Strength Training' and 'Core Strength' exercises. Our next challenge is the 'Agility' course. we have learnt a lot about how to keep fit and healthy by looking after ourselves.
Watched a film about the effects that space travel has on the human body, watched how astronauts exercise and then tried to make our own 'strong bones.' We discovered that long and thin bones weren't at all effective. However, shorter bones created with cylindrical layers worked fantastically well.