Last year in Science we were awarded the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark for our teaching and learning. This focuses on the children working scientifically in each lesson where they will work on at least one of the key scientific skills which are; Observing over time; Research; Identifying and classifying; Pattern seeking; Comparative and fair testing.
This term we have started our very own Science Club for children in Oak, Olive and Willow Class. Each week we will be looking at different areas of the Science curriculum and will be working scientifically using at least one of the key scientific skills.
Masters of Materials
Our teddy had a problem! He noticed that on his walk home it was dark. He knew that it could be dangerous to walk home in the dark, he needs a coat that will help him be seen by other people.
All of the scientists in Science club thought about what sort of coat Teddy would need. We decided that he would need a bright, reflective coat.
We selected the materials we wanted and created our very own coat for teddy. Once we had made our coat it was time to test them! We carried out a fair test. We turned all the lights off and shone a torch at the coats. We made sure we stood in the same place and shone the torch from the same distance each time.
All of our coats were reflective!
This week in Science club we were given the challenge of working in pairs to create the fastest balloon racer. We made predictions about what type of balloon we thought would be fastest and then experimented with different sizes, and different straws.
Once we had made our balloon we carried out races to find out which balloon was the fastest.
This week in Science Club we were looking at magnets. We worked together to sort a box materials into magnetic and not magnetic. We created a simple chart to record our results just like real scientists!
After sorting all the materials in the box we noticed that all the magnetic materials were metal, we were then able to predict which materials in the classroom would be magnetic.
In the last two weeks of Science Club in Spring 1 we made slime!
First we had to find out what ingredients we needed. Then we experimented with different amounts of each ingredient until we found the perfect balance. We made observations of how the mixture was changing as we added more of each ingredient. When our slime was perfect we had a go at describing the properties of the slime.
It was such a sunny day today so Science Club decided to take their learning outside and spend some time in our school garden. In the garden we looked for bugs. First we predicted what types of bugs we might find and where we mind find them. Then we went hunting. While we were in the garden we recorded all the bugs we found. We found worms, spiders, ants and an earwig. Back in the school we thought about the type of places that we found the bugs in and what types of habitats bugs live in. We noticed that all the bugs we found were in dark, damp habitats.
This week Science Club had a brilliant time making lava lamps!
This week Science Club visited the garden! We were think about the types of habitats that different animal and bugs would like to live in. We didn’t think that the garden was a very attractive habitat so we decided to work together to tidy it up and make it a nicer place to attract more wildlife.
First we worked together to clear away the rubbish and leaves.
Then we thought about what would attract more wildlife. We thought that having more flowers and plants would make it nicer so we decided to do some planting.
We chose a plant pot, carefully filled it with soil and then made a hole for our seeds. Next we had to cover the seeds with more soil. Over the next few weeks we will be watching our plants grow.
This week Science Club went back in time to learn how Vikings made butter! We had to use lots of our scientific skills! We accurately measured out the cream and carefully poured it into a small pot. We noticed that the cream was a thick liquid that could be poured easily. Then we began shaking it – this took a long time and required strong muscles!! Every now and then we took the lid off the pot to observe the changes that were happening. We soon observed that the cream was separating into a watering liquid and a solid! We could see that the solid was clumping together. We carefully drained off the liquid and put the solid in the fridge. Then we were able to taste our butter! We thought it tasted delicious!
Fantastic Fizzing Potions!
For our last Science Club session of the term we made fantastic fizzing potions!
We had to use our scientific skills to accurately measure out the ingredients and then we observed what happened. We thought about why the mixture was expanding and which ingredient we would add more of to make it expand even more!
In the Autumn term St Anne’s took part in National Outdoor Classroom day. Every class took their learning outside.