Today has been a particularly special as, across the school, we have been celebrating Science. Our day began with a spectacular Science assembly, during which the children were entertained with a variety of experiments and awesome scientific facts. Each class then conducted their own Science based activities. It has been an incredible and exciting learning experience for the children, involving everything from constructing catapults, making ice cream, propelling rockets, producing slime, creating volcanic eruptions, and making lava lamps - to name just a few of the wonderful activities. The children have been enthralled and it's been a truly memorable day.
Steve Rossington, a science lecturer from Salford University, came in school to launch our Science day with a literally BANG! He demonstrated to the children the effects that certain gases have on different items, for example he froze apple, banana and flowers all using carb ice (dry ice). He then visited each class for short workshop, when visiting Year 6 he made ice cream, which the children got to eat. He used cream, sugar, milk and carb ice and mixed it altogether which almost instantly it transformed into crystals of ice cream.
Year 6 had the opportunity to visit Mrs Hoy, head of Science, at Cardinal Allen for a chemistry lesson. The lesson focused on testing different types of metals and their reactions with hydrochloric acid.
Back in the classroom for the afternoon, Year 6 used their knowledge of the circulatory system and made their own blood - with sweets. We recapped on the components of blood, the function of each part, then made our own representation using honey for the plasma, Haribo strawberries for the red blood cells, white chocolate buttons for the white blood cells and rainbow drops for the platelets.
This afternoon we did an experiment to examine the digestion process in more detail. We used various substitutes - such as orange juice, a plastic bag and so on - to replicate the elements of the system and see how the food is broken down and processed in detail. It was an engaging, fun and informative lesson as you can see from the pictures below.
Michelangelo class enjoyed a Science session with a difference today. The children took part in a lego workshop which incorporated the electricity topic we are currently studying. The session began with the children building a structure of their choice which they then added to with windows, doors, trees etc. The final stage was to align all the creations to form a lego city, complete with roads. Electrical components were then added to the buildings to make them light up. It was amazing and I'm sure it was a lesson the children will never forget!
Our focus on electricity has moved onto electrical circuits. We used practical equipment to make circuits and experimented with different battery sizes.
Solids, liquids and gases are our Science focus for this half term. Yesterday the children began this topic by thinking about the properties of each state and how the particles are structured. Working in small groups, the children role played how the particles of each state of matter might behave.
This week Year 4 have been experimenting with various materials to test how effectively they absorb sound. The children conducted the experiment independently using an i-pad for sound and a selection of materials ranging from cloth to bubble wrap. The children thought carefully about how to make it a fair test in terms of what variables could be changed and what must stay the same.
Museum of Science and Industry
Lovelace Class visited the Museum in Manchester to bring their recent learning to life. They joined in the various exhibitions and activities, with particular reference to Forces and Robots. They were also lucky enough to see the new exhibit about Space Travel and the artefacts donated by Tim Peake.
Year 5 - Spring 2
Lovelace children have been learning about different forces. They designed parachutes and boats to investigate the effects of air and water resistance on objects.
We're mad about Science!
Our focus for this half term is the digestive system and how it works. We began our topic by thinking about our different teeth and how they help the digestion process. This included the importance of looking after our teeth and possible food choices to support this. As you can see, the disclosing tablets were a real hit with the children.
We conducted an experiment to see what functions our individual teeth play in the role of digestion. This involved eating an apple and stopping at various stages to think about which teeth we were using at each stage.
To examine the digestion process in detail, the children conducted an experiment to replicate each stage. This involved using a plastic bag to represent the stomach, orange juice to represent stomach acid and various other items to replicate each step of the process. It was a practical, fun filled experiment which the children learnt a lot from.
Einstein's topic for this term is electricity. Over the coming weeks the children will consider how electricity is used and create their own circuits with varying components. We will link electricity to our English and Design Technology lessons too, by using electricity themed comprehensions and designing an electrical object of our own.
We are Bright Sparks!
In Einstein class this half term we have completed so many science activities! We are now amazing at making circuits, talking about circuits, adding buzzers and motors into our circuits and even building Lego houses that include circuits! We have answered lots of scientific 'SATs style questions' that link to our learning, we have completed many practical experiments, we have evaluated our learning and even created an assessment poster of all the wonderful things we now know! We were also lucky enough to have a visit from 'Creative Builders Workshop' whereby we took part in a Lego workshop; we built Lego houses that included circuits that lit up. We had so much fun and worked amazingly hard as a team. We all shared the Lego, supported each other and praised each other for our wonderful work! We hope you enjoy looking through our work from Autumn 1.
Lego Workshop - Our Circuit Work!
Today we took part in a Lego workshop. We built our own Lego city which included a working circuit. We worked so well as part of a team and we even got to make a car move. We put into practice all the wonderful things we have learnt in science this half term. We really enjoyed it!
Year 6 - Evolution
This half term Year 6 have been doing research about evolution. Here are a couple of pictures of us at work!
Year 2 - Growth and green fingers.
We visited the community garden at the Memorial Park and planted our own sweetcorn! We can't wait to go back and harvest it in the Autumn.