Today, Year R learnt about inventions and inventors! They then became inventors themselves – designing a range of items and identifying all the different materials they would use! The children then got to make their own inventions – what wonderful ideas they had!
Year 1 had a very busy day today! They travelled to space using our VR headsets, visiting both Mars and the Moon! Both classes enjoyed visiting the pond and identifying the different insects and amphibians that live there – they found and identified beetles, water boatmen and water spiders! The children were able to work safely and as a group to enjoy this special part of our school grounds.
Finally, in Lilac Class, the children completed a taste survey using our senses. They tasted a variety of crisps and drinks and used their taste, smell and sight senses to predict what they were! The children weren’t very impressed with the tomato juice but enjoyed tasting the fizzy drinks!
Today, Year 2 learnt that our fingerprints are very unique. To put this into practice, the children printed their own fingerprints and became super science-sleuths to see if we could then identify them in a classroom treasure hunt. After becoming fingerprint detectives, the children understood how the police can use fingerprints to help solve investigations!
Year 2 also conducted a fair test enquiry today with their smiley faced flowers! They were seeing if changing one variable, like the material of the flower, the size of the flower or the shape of the flower would change the time it took to open its petals up when dropped in water. The children loved seeing the results and observing if their predictions were correct!
The children finished their day with chick playtime! They sat in a circle and let them walk over them! The children have certainly made some new feathery friends!
Today, Year 3 learnt about different habitats. The children explored that living things need varying habitats to survive. The pupils looked at different animal habitats and the three key parts which are important for survival - shelter, food/water and a safe place to raise their young. The classes then explored different plant habitats and how plants vary due to the climate and weather - for example, cacti survive in deserts as they do not need much water for survival.
Silver Birch also explored electromagnets today. They learnt about how they differ from normal magnets – electromagnets can be switched on and off! The children enjoyed making and testing the magnetic strength of their own.
Both Year 3 classes were also very lucky to have a couple of feathery visitors - how cute are they!
Year 4 had great fun today setting up their ‘observation over time’ enquiries using carnation flowers and food dye. We currently have some sitting in blue, some in red and some even cut in half in both colours. The classes are eagerly awaiting the results!
The children then made their own steady hand games using copper wire, applying their knowledge of electrical circuits, and finally they learnt about plastic pollution and we looked at how much single use plastic is in their lunch boxes, considering how this could be reduced in future
In Cedar’s VR session today, they explored the surface of Mars, Venus, Uranus and took a trip round the solar system!
Cedar also revised their knowledge of the digestive system by using tights, vinegar, bananas and bread to recreate the process and journey food takes from chewing to the final result! The children very much enjoyed recreating this in a hands-on way.
Today, Elm class enjoyed a rocket-less visit to the moon. They appreciated the beauty of the Northern Lights and watched in amazement at the sheer power of volcanic eruptions, all from the safety of their classroom!
Oak Class spent the afternoon learning all about microplastics and the impact they are having on the environment and various eco-systems. To do this, the pupils carried out an enquiry which modelled our washing machines! The children enjoyed first using the microscopes to closely observe the make-up of synthetic fabrics – they could very clearly see fibre strands! The children learnt about the importance of controls in scientific investigating as they first filtered clean tap water to use as a comparative control. Then, the pupils filtered the water that they had washed the synthetic fabrics in – and they were shocked at the number of micro-plastic fibres that were present on the filter paper. The children learned how these microplastics are what go into our water systems and are now entering huge numbers of eco-systems. The class then discussed and learned of ways that we can help to reduce micro-plastic pollution.