Primary Literature for Irchester Primary

The Year 6 Science Writers group work on different projects each week. Sometimes we write creative poems and stories about science, sometimes we rewrite news articles about the latest news for a primary audience, sometimes we even write to the council about different scientific policies!

Today, in preparation for our whole school Science Writing Week, we were working with primary literature.  A primary source is the original publication of a scientist’s new data, results, and theories.

We discovered that there are very strict guidelines on writing a paper and it’s difficult to get it published on the first try.

Here are our thoughts

Irina said “It is interesting to see how scientists from all over the world tell each other what they are doing”.

Adinda said “My paper was published on the 12th of November – I am one of the first people to know about these results!”

While there were some difficulties such as coming across a lot of chemical formulas and difficult words we hadn’t come across before, we had fun trying to pronounce them.

George thought it was good that scientists from different countries could all work together on a project and that it shows they are the same kind of people even though they work so far apart. Conner was impressed that all the Dutch, German and Spanish authors that we came across all wrote their papers in English.

We will be working more on primary literature because as Morgan puts it

“Well, it’s more interesting than made up stuff!”

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