Science Events

Science Week 2019, EYFS and KS1

This year’s theme for science week was journeys. The children explored the journeys of food and other journeys they see around them.

Nursery

The nursery children looked at the journey for making bread. We used the book, The Little Red Hen for this. We explored bread dough and corn in the tuff tray. We made our own flour with a pestle and mortar. We made our own bread and butter.  We also completed an investigation with a balloon and the yeast. Nursery children made coleslaw. They talked about the journey of the vegetables.

Reception

In Reception we looked at our journey from being a baby to a child. For our home learning we had to find a picture of us as a baby to share with the rest of the class. We all enjoyed looking at each other’s baby photos and we had fun trying to guess who each baby was. We discussed the changes that we could see and noticed small changes such as hair colour and bigger changes like growing much taller!

Year 1

We started the week thinking about where our food comes from. We learnt that food comes from either plants or animals. We sorted different foods into the correct groups.

We used our problem solving skills to create Lego tunnels for a toy car to go through.

We went on a journey round our school grounds to collect different natural objects to make journey sticks. We also used went on a senses journey and thought about all the things we can taste, touch, hear, see and smell around our school.

All the children loved learning about the journey of bees and they all created their own bee headbands! We pretended to be the bees going to collect nectar from the flowers and taking it back to the hive.

We carried out an experiment to see how many people get our germs when we sneeze without a tissue or our hand!

We also learnt about the journey our food takes through our bodies with the help of teachers from Northgate High School.

Year 2

The children made some delicious cheese straws and enjoyed measuring the ingredients using the scales. This linked well with the children’s maths lessons. Later in the week we were visited by teachers from Northgate high school who showed the children the journey food goes through in a workshop called ‘From gums to bums’. The children were amazed by all the things that are happening inside their bodies.

Next the children thought about how plastic is affecting the world and the journey that a plastic bottle can go on. They saw how plastic can end up in landfill, in the ocean or how it can be recycled and reused. The children were shocked by how plastic affected animals. They thought of ways they could make small changes to reduce the amount of plastic they were using such as reusable drinks bottles and reusable bags when shopping.

The children were fascinated learning about the journey of bees, especially how they are important and helpful. We showed the children how bees collect nectar for honey and how they cause cross pollination. We recreated these processes using a simple game. Afterwards the children enjoyed researching more information about bees using books and the internet.

We were visited by scientist Simone Payne from the UEA who taught the children about the journey of germs and how germs can be hiding on their hands. She showed the children the importance of washing their hands correctly. Simone took fingerprints from the children in agar plates and took them back to her lab. She then brought them back to school on the Monday to show how the bacteria had grown.  In class we carried out an enquiry called ‘the sneeze zone’. We observed the differences between how far germs from a sneeze travels when you use a tissue compared to when you don’t. We also talked about how we can look after ourselves and were visited by dental nurses on Friday to talk about good dental hygiene.

Throughout the week the children enjoyed sharing a variety of books about famous scientists and inventions. We have discussed how there are many careers that involve STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths. There are lots of children who have been inspired to do a future career using STEM subjects!

 

Science Day October 2018

Wow Science Day at Toftwood Federation

On Tuesday 16th October the children of Toftwood Infant and Junior School Federation enjoyed a fabulous, fun day of science.

We began with a visit from scientist and author Amanda Hartley who started by talking to the children about what it is like to write a book involving science. The children enjoyed coming up with ideas for story settings using their senses and talked about which parts of their bodies they would use to generate these ideas. The children loved sharing their amazing ideas like the ‘sweet smell of gingerbread’ or ‘the disgusting odour of a rotting corpse’! They even thought about ‘the wet, slimy feel of mould’.

Then the science….the children had to become DNA Detectives to discover who had stolen a dog. They learned that our DNA is the instructions for making all the parts of our bodies like hair and hands, and even decides if you can roll your tongue! We also learned that the real name for DNA is deoxyribose nucleic acid! They were fascinated to learn that DNA is in the nucleus of all the cells of our bodies except red blood cells and were stunned to find out that there are 37 trillion cells in our bodies! Next, the children found out that Forensic scientists can recover DNA from so many things like your hair, your wee and even from bogies!

Some of the children put on special clothes and one child noted that, “They need gloves and masks so that they don’t get their own DNA on anything.” Amanda talked to the children about Lockhart’s principle that everything you touch leaves a trace of your DNA and so collected samples of hair, poo and saliva from the “crime scene” to find out who the thief was. After that, the children looked carefully to compare the analysis of the samples they had collected with evidence form the missing dogs. One of the children realised, “We knew one of the dogs was Evie because we looked for the patterns in the DNA results.” While another noted, “We found an exact match in the samples.” The children were really proud that their great science work identified the guilty person (and they had so much fun too).

In the afternoon, we were visited by Nick Corston who came to talk to us all about rockets. We started off by thinking about how our imagination and creativity can help us in our science learning. Nick told us about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) and all the great jobs you can do if you learn these subjects. The children loved hearing about scientists who have used their imaginations to help create new and fascinating devices. For example, they heard about Elon Musk who loved to read books and stories, and used his imagination to come up with ideas about electric cars, solar panels and space rockets; they all wanted to be just like him!

After that, Nick told the children the story of author Homer Hickam, an engineer with NASA who also trained astronauts. The children loved hearing about all the trouble Homer caused when he was a little boy and built his own rockets. They learned about the force called thrust which is needed to push a rocket off the ground and how rocket fuel, petrol and even air can be used to create thrust. Finally, the children were thrilled to go outside and launch an air-powered rocket and then…an amazing black-powder rocket blasted off from the playground. It was very exciting. One of the children said, “I predicted the second rocket would go higher because the force was bigger.”

What a wonderful day we had, one of our visitors said, “Your pupils were amazing and their knowledge and enthusiasm was fantastic.” The children were inspired to think more about their science and their stories too! “I can’t decide if I should be a writer or a scientist.” Said one girl; what a great dilemma to have!

Year 1 Wild Science Visit

Year 1 had a visit from Wild Science to enhance the children’s learning of their topic ‘Animal life’. The children had been learning about classifying animals into mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds and also learnt about animals that are herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.

Issac visited on 3rd October and worked with each year 1 class to talk about classifying animals. They came with lots of animals to look at, discuss and touch. The children met Sonic the Hedgehog, Smokey the Chinchilla, Rose the Tarantula and Millie the Millipede, as well as others!

The children really enjoyed seeing the creatures up close and listening to the facts that Issac was sharing about each animal. The children also learnt how to handle and care for the animals by being kind and gentle.