As part of Science week Reception have been looking at houses as we are learning about the traditional tale, The Three Little Pigs. The children built houses using different materials – sticks, straw, paper, card and even spaghetti and marshmallows! The children worked brilliantly in their teams to make their houses and we even tried to blow them down like the wolf in the story! The children made their predictions about which house they thought would be the strongest and the weakest and why. Most of them were right but the sticks and marshmallow houses were surprisingly strong! “It was so good when we made our own house because it was really fun when we got to blow them down and I loved making a house with marshmallows because I love them.” Rupert
On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have a workshop with Sciencedipity. The children made George’s Marvellous Medicine and even their own bowl of dreams just like in the BFG! The children had such a good time that we are all now inspired to try new Science experiments in class. “ The Science lady was really good” said Josh and “I loved making George’s Marvellous Medicine, it was really bubbly!” Scarlett.
To celebrate science week this week Reception have been learning all about materials! As well as learning about their properties, we have tied it into our current project of traditional tales and the Three Little Pigs. We have been designing and testing houses made from different materials and finding out which ones are the strongest. We have also built houses from sticks and straw to discover why they didn't make good houses in the story!
On Wednesday we really enjoyed a visit from 'Sciencedipity'. We made 'George and the Marvellous Medicine' potions and watched lots of other science experiments such as the making 'elephant toothpaste' from hydrogen peroxide. We then had the chance to get into small groups to make our own 'lava- lamps'.
Science week has been so exciting for Reception and left us feeling excited for more science that we will be learning throughout the rest of the year.
Broadclyst Primary School- Year 1
In celebration of science week, Year 1 have been learning all about seasonal changes. We have learnt a song, created a piece of art work and learnt what a hedgehog does during each season. Although our highlight of the week was becoming scientists for the morning. We had the fantastic Sciencedipity come and show us some Roald Dahl inspired science experiments. We loved creating bowls of dreams and watching explosions! A great week had by all.
Westclyst Primary School- Year 1
Year 1 have had the most exciting week in school learning all about science. Our topic was 'seasons' and the children have been doing a range of activities which has broadened their knowledge and most of all, been exciting! We have been filming weather reports in the studio, learning songs, making weather props in art and writing acrostic poems about our favourite season. On Wednesday we had a visit from Sciencedipity who showed us some amazing experiments all based on the stories of Roald Dahl. We made a coke bottles explode, toilet paper fly, things levitate and dream potions to send us off to sleep. We have learnt so much and gained a new interest in science. We can't wait to put some of our learning into practise - watch out at home!
Broadclyst & Westclyst Primary School- Year 2
The children in Westclyst and Broadclyst Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed a busy and inspiring Science Week, becoming scientists and carrying out their own experiments.
As part of their current project on ‘Plants’ the children in BCPS have continued their learning about what a healthy plant needs, the different parts and functions of a plant and their lifecycles. They have carried out an experiment to investigate how much water and light a plant needs to be healthy. Through this, they learnt about making predictions, what makes a fair test and how to write a conclusion based on their results. Harry was very surprised to find out his predictions had been proved wrong saying, “I thought that the seeds we planted and gave no light to would die but actually they did grow. They just turned out yellow!”. Everything the children have learnt about plants will be used in the scripts they have started writing for their own plant documentaries to be recorded in the TV studio this term! In WCPS Year 2 the children have been finding out about simple food chains by visiting our goats and learning key terms such as producer and consumer. They’ve enjoyed ordering themselves into these food chains and experimenting with what happens when an element is missing. Max commented “It’s really important that each part of the food chain is there otherwise it can all come to s stop”.
For the finale of a fantastic science filled week, the children of both WCPS and BCPS were lucky enough to have an amazing workshop from Sciencedipity where they saw some George’s Marvellous Medicine inspired chemical reactions after hearing an extract from the book. Oliver said, “It was so much fun mixing all of the horrible ingredients in the medicine and seeing it change.”. They also ventured outside to observe the reaction when you add Mentos to cola and relished being caught in the spray! Lily said, “It was so amazing seeing the coke explode, I didn’t think it would go so far.”
Broadclyst Primary School- Year 3
Science week was a blast for Year 3!
As the school celebrated Science Week for the first time, Year 3 made the most of it by taking part in a range of different Scientific activities throughout the 5 days.
One of the highlights was a visit from Galliford Try, who are building the new Westclyst School Site! This became very exciting as the children were transformed into bridge constructors and competed in teams to build the strongest, most attractive, colourful bridges whilst also having to work well in teams. They made some amazing structures in these workshops that were brimming with suspense! (Trying to find the pictures of this!)
The Rock & Rapid residential was of course a huge event for the Year 3s that went on Thursday and Friday, but for those who remained at school, creating shadow puppets was the order of the day! In the two days while the other half of the Year group were away, they used their knowledge of light and dark to investigate what light & darkness are as well as applying their knowledge of shadow to create puppets and script a show to teach younger children about 2D shapes. These are being recorded in our Studio!
The Sciencedipity sessions were a real crowd-pleaser for every Year group and the Year 3s loved creating George’s Marvellous Medicine among other Roald Dahl inspired concoctions! To round off the week we also took part in a variety of other exciting events – learning what employees at the RD&E do, finding out about inspiring women in science as well as heading over to this month’s astronomy club!
Broadclyst Primary School- Year 4
During British Science Week, the children of Year 4 have taken part in a variety of activities led by visitors and their own teachers.
They have been lucky enough to have a guest visit from Sciencedipity; who, in the short time Year 4 were with them, taught them about mixing PVA glue, Borax and green dye to create their own slime. Despite the sheer level of mess, the children had a wonderful time and got to take their slime home.
In class, they have been investigating the working of circuits, taking on the role of buzzers, switches and bulbs. With Energy Sticks, the children have been able to see a human circuit completed, as the stick lights up and flashes when a circle are all holding hands. Building upon this electrical understanding, Year 4 have been coding using Micro:Bits. After discovering the basic features of this technology, the children have begun adding sounds, symbols and radio signals to their Micro:Bits to make mini-Morse Code machines. They are then testing these machines next week, against ‘runners’ and will hopefully discover for themselves why Morse Code and the telegraph was such an important invention of the Victorian Era.
Broadclyst Primary School- Year 5
Sciencedipty visited Year 5 on Friday morning to take them through a series of exciting irreversible reactions that were themed on the books by Roald Dahl! The pupils made George’s Marvellous Medicine; mixing together various chemicals which fizzed, popped and bubbled up delightfully. They then exploded Frobscottle with alarming effect by adding Mentos to a bottle of diet coke. The children loved these experiments and learning about the different reactions.
Broadclyst Primary School- Year 6
Can you switch a magnet on and off? This was the question that Year 6 answered as Science Week began. Terry, an engineer from the Science Learning Partnership, visited to run a workshop on magnetism. During the workshop, he introduced the idea that it was possible to build artificial magnets (electro-magnets) that use coiled wire and batteries.
Later in the week, the class also had a workshop with ‘Sciencedipity’ – a practical science show, full experiments inspired by the classic children’s author Roald Dahl. They made snozcumber juice, George’s Marvellous Medicine and an explosive experiment with Mentos and Coca Cola! Aside from learning a lot about chemical reactions, the class had a great time and each took home a pot of slime!