October 2016 in Year 6

To serve as the conclusion to our explanation text work, Year 6 have been investigating parody. We thought about how everyday objects work and then pondered on how to come up with a humorous twist to really explain! Here are some examples from recent pieces.

How does a rocket work? By Callum

Have you ever wondered how a rocket works? Most people will tell you that a rocket is powered by fuel combusting (burning) but, of course, they are wrong! So, how does a rocket actually work?

The first thing a rocket needs is a means of propulsion. The way this works is by thousands of miniscule people huffing and puffing to force the rocket upwards using Newton’s Third Law of Motion: every action has an opposite and equal reaction. However, a rocket is a very large object, which weights a lot. Unfortunately, this means that the rare species of timulus fibulus (meaning tiny person) have quite a job getting the rocket off the ground and into outer space.

So, you might wonder, why do these minute characters want to help a rocket into orbit? Well, the story goes that a very long time ago, centuries in fact, the timulus fibius species ruled the sky. They had an empire stretching around the world. At least they did, until human invented planes and forced the people of the sky down to the ground. Ever since, the minuscule people of the heavens have been trying to find a way back to their homes in the clouds.

Now that you know how a rocket is propelled, you might wonder also how it is steered. To steer an object which flies, you first need a control surface. These flat areas help steer the rocket by moving left and right. How are the surfaces moved? Again, these tiny people come into play. They push the surfaces until they are how they need to be. Furthermore, they also control the systems all over the rocket. In addition to this, they allow number of their species to come along – purely for a ride!

So, next time you see a rocket flying through the air, you can tell yourself, “I know how that works!”

Why we stretch – by Holly

The human body exhibits many unusual behaviours. Foremost amongst them might be stretching. An involuntary reflex which as no clear purpose! Stretching seems like it should have died down a few years ago, yet it has not. But, many scientists – who clearly agree with me – know that stretching is actually caused by pixies (similar to fairies but without wings).

You may be wondering why and or what these pixies are for but there are at least a few reasons. Pixies are only an inch in size, perhaps a little smaller, but they are also invisible. Thus, it may be hard to see them. However, they smell like cookies, so you should be able to easily spot them.

The only scientific way to explain this is that they’re only trying to lift your arm or foot out of the way. Some pixies, which are few in number, are hungry and may wish to bite your arm, causing it to hurt and tighten, which leads to a pulled muscle.

If you’re wondering why dogs and cats stretch too, it is for the same reason!