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Plaque Attack!

 

On Tuesday 5th October, Year 4 discussed the structure of a tooth, what oral bacteria is and how we can help our mouths and teeth stay clean and healthy. The children brushed their teeth and then used a disclosing tablet to see, if and where we have new or old plaque on their teeth. We discussed what responsibility we have in looking after our teeth and to attack this plaque.  

The Blood

In Year 6 Science today, we looked at the different components of the blood and made these from different foods!  We talked about the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma!

Healthy Eating Week 2021 in Year 1!

Today, as part of our Science lesson we used magnifying glasses to look at different fruit. We discussed similarities and differences between each piece of fruit such as number of seeds, shape, size and texture. We spoke about how important fruit is as part of our healthy diets and even got to try fruit that we haven't had a lot of before, such as pomegranate and cherries!  

Heart & Lungs

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Mr Harding from our link High School Cardinal Allen.  We learnt all about the heart and the lungs and even had the opportunity to dissect them both in order to have a closer look at the different components. We had so much fun!

Our STEM Morning

We had a special delivery in Griffin Class today... a golden egg! We were set the task from Jack to design and make something that could carry the special egg. It had to be strong and it had to keep the egg safe from cracking! Take a look at our creations...

First Aid Training

RAF Challenge

 

Wren class took part in a very special and unique challenge today. The Royal Air Force want young people who are into science, technology, engineering and maths to live in a world that celebrates their passion and supports their vision for the future, so with this in mind they hosted a Rocket Challenge.  

It was a superb challenge! The children were enthralled and fully engaged in navigating all the complexities of building a successful rocket. They worked phenomenally hard, well done children!

In Wren class we are seeing the light...

 

Wren class are seeing the light this week, quite literally. Our science focus is how light travels and how we see things. Today we conducted an experiment to investigate this. 

Refraction 

 

Our light focus continues in Science this week. Today we have looked at how light rays can change direction when blocked by objects and how visions can be distorted. We did the straw and arrow experiments to explore this. 

Exploring colour

 

We also looked at how refraction can change the colours we see. We used a prism to make a rainbow on the ceiling and talked about why this happens. We concluded our experiment by making a colour wheel and spinning it at speed to see how this altered the colours. 

Science in Year 1 - Autumn Term

In year 1, our Topic is ‘Animals including Humans’, we have been spent time identifying the features of different animals, as well as identifying different types of animals (such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish). We have also discussed what different animals eat. During this activity, we are identifying animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Science Week

 

Our Science week began today. Each class will do different Science based activities throughout the week, ranging from visiting farms and parks to seeing how metals are disposed of at the scrap yard - and everything in between. It's going to be packed week of all things Science.  

Science week in Peregrine class 

 

Our week began with a whole school assembly to launch our Science week. In the assembly we talked about careers involving Science and some of the activities that the different classes will do this week. We watched a video of some wow Science experiments to remind and inspire us as to how fascinating Science can be. 

 

A special visitor

 

Our two upper key stage 2 classes had a very special visitor today. Sarah Powell, a doctor from Lancaster University, came in to talk to us about anatomy and how her and her team support athletes in giving their best performance. It really was a fascinating insight into the medical science that supports the footballer, gymnast, tennis player and so on. We learnt that many well known sports people have existing medical issues that are carefully managed to enable them to perform to the best of their ability. We even got to try out a clever gadget that measures athletic performance, in this instance we measured jumping height. The whole class had a go and the winner was Kian who managed to leap a staggering 32.8cm. The children learnt a lot from the session, it was very inspiring. I think we may have even planted a few seeds with regard to future careers.  

As if all that wasn't enough for one day, Peregrine class also did an amazing experiment to replicate blood and it's various components. We used various sweet treats to represent the plasma, platelets, veins and red/white blood cells. 

Engineering fairy tales

 

Day two of science week is focusing on ‘Engineering Fairy tales' throughout the school. Each class has a different fairy tale to explore using a scientific perspective. In Peregrine class we are looking at Cinderella, with a particular focus on the time aspect. As Cinderella had to be home before the clock struck midnight, our task was to design a stop watch. Equipment allocated for the task was deliberately basic and limited, forcing the children to think outside the box. Each group also had a budget to work within as all equipment they needed for the task had to be ‘purchased’.  

A day of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

 

Peregrine class have enjoyed a fabulous day of all things STEM today. The first task was to build a weight bearing bridge using paper tubes and cable ties. We looked at different designs first, before carefully constructing our own. The challenge was to see how much weight the bridge could hold and the results were impressive.

 

I can proudly confirm that the amazing children of Peregrine class now hold the world record for this challenge - a staggering 28 kilograms! Well done children, you were incredible!

Science club

 

Our science club focus for this week was electricity and circuit making, with a sprinkle of chocolate. The children made circuits and experimented with different wires and varying number of battery and bulb combinations. As if this wasn't exciting enough, the children then conducted an experiment to explore their sense of smell using melted chocolate.   

 

 

Some of our Key Stage 2 children enjoyed taking part in an after school science club this week. The focus of the first session was the human body. The children explored the roles of joints, tendons, muscles and bones. They also did a pulse test, before and after exercise. The main activity was making their very own replica arm, to help them understand how joints work. It was a fun and informative session.   

Applying our Science,Technology, Engineering and Maths skills 

 

Four of our Year 5 children attended a STEM event at Fleetwood High School today. Our task was to build a bridge that was both sturdy enough to hold a 1KG truck and tall enough to allow a boat to pass underneath. The wood had to be cut to size by the children, using a hack saw, and the holes drilled independently. The children worked tremendously hard to build a bridge that more than met all the requirements. Well done team Blue Bridge! 

Peregrine class - What is evolution?

 

Our Science focus for this half term is evolution. We started our learning by thinking about inherited characteristics and the variations that can occur. This led on nicely to a group activity looking at how humans, plants and animals can adapt to their surroundings. 

 

Hokusai class-Science day-We used a carousel of activities to show the journey of materials. We mad lava lamps, bath bombs, play dough and played with static electricity.

Ringgold Class - Science Day - A visit from the Science Man, creating slime and creating lava lamps.

Science day

 

 

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.  

Science Day for Year 6 (making ice cream, testing metals and making 'sweeties' blood)

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. 

Michelangelo class - learning about how the digestive system works

 

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.