As part of our whole school Interfaith Day, in Year 5 our focus was on the faith of Islam. We began by working in groups to look at similarities and differences between our Christian faith and those who follow the teachings of Allah, the name given to the god followed by Muslims.
Our day was very interesting. This was enhanced by the fact that some of our classmates are Muslim and they were able to answer many of the questions that came about throughout our day of learning and comparing.
We learned so much about the Mosque, which is the name of the building where Muslim men and boys pray, the holy book called the Qur’an, praying towards Mecca, prayer times, how people sit in when in prayer and much more.
We had much fun carrying out our science experiments looking at soluble and insoluble materials. Our first experiment involved mixing flour and water. We predicted what might happen and had to use our observational skills to record what we saw. Though the flour turned the water cloudy, we learned that the flour mostly settled to the bottom, making this mixture insoluble.
Then we mixed salt in water. Many of us correctly predicted that it would dissolve, making this a soluble solution.
Next Mrs Moscardini showed us some thick mud which she had collected, water was then added to this. Each group was set a challenge to see what could be done to get their water clean. One person suggested using rocks and sand. Mrs Moscardini showed us the available items. We knew most things apart from a circular white paper. She told is it was called a filter paper and asked if anyone knew what a filter was. A few class mates had filters on their fish tanks which allows cleaner water to pass through, trapping dirt. We found out that a filter paper does the same thing.
We were provided with; a beaker, filter paper, a funnel and could use a sieve. Each group was keen to compile their own test with an aim to obtaining the cleanest water.
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