September 2017

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British Science Week 2017

British Science Week 2017

Nursery

We have been doing lots of Science!

We put carnations in different coloured water (red, blue, orange and purple) and talked about how they might change.

We explored different types of mirrors and reflective items in our tuff spot mirror station.

We designed and made potions using a selection of ingredients.

We talked about volcanoes and made our volcano erupt.

We explored static electricity using balloons and different materials.

Reception

As part of our science week, the children were very excited to take part in a range of different experiments. We started the week by talking about what a science experiment was.

Our first experiment was all about changing state. We talked about the words ‘liquid’ and ‘solid’ and what they mean and we tried to think of examples of each. We had a look at a pot of double cream discussed how cream is a ‘mixture.’ Our experiment was to see if we could separate the cream into two parts; a solid and a liquid. We put the cream into 3 pots and passed them around the circle. As we shook the cream, we could see that it was changing but we weren’t sure what it was changing into. After while we could see that there was a liquid in the bottom and a solid at the top of the pot. We emptied the contents into bowls and discovered that the liquid was milk and the solid was butter!

Our second science experiment was to observe how a pea and a runner bean would grow over time. Mrs Carter found a pea with a shoot coming out of it and decided to show the children using the microscope. The children were very interested and wondered what would happen if we planted it. We decided to plant the pea in a plastic cup with cotton wool so that we could see how the pea changed as it grew. We also decided to plant two runner beans and estimated how many days we thought it would take for our runner beans to start growing. We were all very excited and enjoyed watching it grow.

Our third experiment was to find out about static electricity. We talked about our experiences of our hair sticking up while playing on a trampoline, taking off a jumper or woolly hat or while going down the slide at Planet Zoom! We watched a video to see how electricity is produced (using energy) and found out how static electricity is made. We made our own static electricity in class by rubbing (charging) balloons and pipes with woolly fleeces and cotton cloths. We picked up cellophane fish with our ‘charged’ balloons, watched our learning partner’s hair stand on end and picked up pieces of paper using the balloons and pipes. We also found out what happens when you charge two balloons or two polystyrene plates and put them together; they repel each other!

 

We also explored different science experiments during our choosing time. We had lots of fun!

Year 1

During Science Week the Year 1 children have enjoyed becoming scientists and carrying out a range of experiments.

The children started the week by looking at changing colour. This involved a walking water experiment. The children had to observe the changes over time and discuss their findings. They also tried to make an array of colours by mixing paints.

The next day, year 1 looked at changing state. They had to keep an ice penguin alive and decide on the best material to keep the ice from melting. They predicted what would be the best material and then carried out the experiment. They timed the results and recorded their answers. They found out that cotton wool was the best at stopping the penguin from melting the most.

They also looked at the difference between dropping in small amounts of food colouring into water, and then dropping small blobs of water with oil in too. The children were able to compare the difference and explain what had happened.

Goldcrest used natural materials for their activity and the children had to contribute to a whole school activity using the weaving looms. They had to find objects in the school grounds e.g. an oval leaf, something which can bend. It looked wonderful at the end.

Neatherd students and teachers came on Wednesday afternoon to share their knowledge with the year 1 children. They used a pH tester to test if a substance was an acid or alkali, they learnt about chromatology and how colours can change.

The children learnt about how materials can change. They made cornstarch goo and were able to explore what happened when they touched it and talk about this as a class. They conducted an experiment about dissolving. The children had to predict which substances would dissolve in cold and hot water. We did this experiment as a class and the children were able to make conclusions about it. They recorded their results in a table and said if their predictions were correct or not.

Year 2

The Year 2 children had a great time during Science week becoming scientists and exploring the theme of ‘Change.’

We started the week by exploring what flowers need to survive and how we could test to see if they ‘drink.’ We set up an experiment by putting flowers in water that had different food colouring in it, we enjoyed watching the petals change colour over the week.

We also went outside to collect different natural items that were a range of colours. We described the objects we had found using adjectives and wrote poems about the outdoors.

Goldcrest Outdoor Education came into school and we created natural art work by weaving natural materials into looms. We found different materials based on their properties such as soft, hard, breakable and transparent.

The next day we discussed changing states. We learnt about the states of matter – solid, liquid and gas. We tested different chocolate bars to see which ones melted the quickest; we also explored how we could solidify melted chocolate.

On Thursday two Science teachers from Northgate High School visited us. We took part in three different Science workshops.
First we learn about the PH scale including alkalis and acids. We used red cabbage as a PH indicator and created paintings using red cabbage and different acids and alkalis.

Then we used filter paper to extract the colour from Skittles and from black pens.

Finally we tested different slimes! We explored the slime then tested them using the viscosity, splat and stretch tests!

 

On the final day we talked about changing environments. We discussed Climate Change and how this affects the Earth. We conducted an experiment to test this.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed Science week and it was fantastic to see Science happening throughout the school. The week also featured in the EDP and Dereham Times.

We also came together as a whole school for British Science Week Demo Day. Mrs Ponder conducted an experiment with a child from each year group, in a whole school assembly, by blowing a balloon up using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.

There was a competition running throughout the whole week for the children to design their own Teddy Bear Technician, well done to everyone who entered, they were all fantastic entries!

If you want to continue to be a Scientist at home, there are some experiments below that you can try.

If you want to continue to be a Scientist at home, there are some experiments below that you can try.

 

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