On Monday 12th of November, Year 6 had our topic immersion. We went into the hall and were told to go into pairs to list five things we would take if our plane crashed and we were stranded on a desert island. We were put into bigger groups of 6 (or 7) and narrowed down our fifteen items to five of the best items, for example: a flare gun, flares, an axe or a knife. Then we chose three items at random out of a box which had ‘floated in from the sea’, meaning each group had eight survival items. Next we chose the name for each of our groups. We were given a map of the island and a sheet of sugar paper and chose where we should set up camp on the island. We were told about the rules of three; you can survive roughly three minutes without oxygen, three hours without shelter, three days without water and three weeks without food. We could earn additional points for: food, water, health, escape and shelter.
We wrote a survival plan about how we could get shelter, food, water and escape. The next day we were looking at a variety of methods to preserve food using salt, water and vinegar and we are monitoring how well our fish, fruit and meat will preserve. We have also looked at how we could filter dirty water to produce fresh, clean water that would be suitable to drink. To do this we used filters, sieves and old socks. We managed to produce clear water, but not very much of it!
This is an enjoyable topic that we are carrying on over the next few weeks. By the end, we will find out which group has the best chance of survival!
By Patryk and Aaron