7th March 2022
To celebrate British Science Week 2022, we kick started our science adventures off with an exciting visit from ‘Green Up Your Education’ on Friday 4th March. All children from Nursery to Year 6 took part in a hands-on workshop which was specifically linked to their science units this term.
The buzz around school was so lovely to be part of and each child came away from their workshops with something they had made using recycled materials which they were incredibly proud of!
This week, each class had the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting child-led experiments and ongoing investigations to ignite their senses, creativity and work on developing their ‘working scientifically’ skills.
Class 1 and Nursery have been thinking about the natural world around them, observing the trees in our school grounds, describing them and taking bark rubbings. They have been learning about the different parts of trees such as the roots, bark, trunk, branches and leaves. In addition, the children have been learning how trees are vitally important to our world and how we must use paper carefully, recycling what we can. The children will be revisiting the trees as the season of Spring progresses to investigate seasonal changes.
Our children have also been exploring how growth and change happens to humans. Through this exploration they have identified the different stages of development and measured their bodies using non-standard units, such as books and building bricks.
Following on from their exciting, ‘Field to Fork’ workshop, the children have been caring for their germinating pea shoots and have also made seed bombs in their forest school session. They have also been growing beans and cress. Whilst it is still too chilly to grow seeds outside, they will be busy preparing the raised beds for warmer weather and more growing!
Class 2 had an action-packed start to their science week, by exploring colour changes with their sweet colouring experiment and even had a go at colour chromatography! The children observed changes as the colours mixed and merged to create interesting and exciting colour combinations. They also observed the chemical changes that occurred when mentos were mixed with Coca-Cola.
Following on from this, the children explored and investigated the properties of the different materials that the three little pigs used to build their houses. They made houses for the pigs our of straw, sticks and lego bricks. As part of their investigation, they predicted which material would be the most successful for the Little Pigs and used scientific vocabulary to explain why. To extend the experimentation further, the children decided to try some edible materials to make the little pigs houses. They used marshmallows, strawberry laces, chocolate matchsticks and sugar cubes to build with and discussed which materials would work best to protect the Little Pigs from the Wolf’s ‘huffs and puffs!’
As part of our child-led investigations in Class 3, the children explored the changes that occurred when we combined skittles with hot water. We made wonderful, colourful rainbow patterns as the colours grew across the plates.
We found that skittles are coated in food colouring and sugar. When hot water is poured over them, the coloured coating dissolves, spreading through the water. The colour and sugar dissolve into the water, making it the colour of the skittle. This got our brains whizzing and thinking about other ways to explore this change.
The children decided to take their investigation further and explore the changes that may or may not occur when using different liquids. The results were fascinating!
The children also planned and set up an experiment to explore how water travels through a plant and where that water goes. We have made some interesting observations so far and will continue to collect our results over the next few weeks.
Our next science unit will be ‘magnets.’ We spent some time this week exploring different magnets and their strengths. The children conducted an experiment to find out which magnet was the strongest and explored our classroom to find magnetic materials.
Class 4 have made 'Microscopic Machines', exploring how their bodies create and store proteins. In this activity, they built their own tiny machines and thought carefully about how their sequence and shape really mattered. This investigation was closely linked to their current topic of 'Evolution and Inheritance.'
The children also measured each other to investigate whether ‘height is a good measure of pupils' ages.’ This experiment was linked to previous scientific experiments which have shown that the length and age of a shark are linked.
By Miss Butler