On Tuesday 10th July all the children in school were busily engaged in some awesome science investigations for our Science Day. There was much excitement around the building and in the grounds. Here are some reports of what went on in the different year groups.
RX and RY carried out a range of lovely experiments during Science Investigation Day, including a dissolving activity, colour mixing, making gloop (cornflour and water), making slime recipes and pond dipping. All the children had a wonderful time.
Year 1 were busy with lots of different investigations. 1X investigated what happened when oil, water, food colouring and alka seltzer mixed together by making lava lamps! 1Y investigated making a mouse fly out of a rocket! We all had great fun on our Science Day.
Year 2 learned about light and how we see. We investigated which colour was the warmest colour.
Year 3 undertook a problem-solving activity which entailed moving water from buckets to a flower pot, in order to water them. However, the buckets were not allowed to cross a certain line and the plant pot was 5 metres away. The children, therefore, had to work as a team and construct a waterway, using guttering, to enable the water to flow from the buckets to the plant pot. The children had to think about supporting the gutters, overlapping the gutters, holding the gutters at just the right angle and directing the flow at the bucket and the plant pot end. Although there were some wet shoes and socks at the end of the challenge, both year classes really enjoyed the task and worked together in their groups really well!
They also investigated whether shape affects the air resistance of a piece of paper. In the afternoon 3Y made book creators on the iPad about the different parts of a plant.
Year 4 made a Mobius strip and looked at what happened when it was cut down the middle. We followed this, by investigating what makes balloons pop and discovering that we could push a skewer through a balloon without it popping and also finding out that when a balloon is placed on top of a lot of pins, it is much harder to burst!
We also investigated yeast. Each group tried to get the biggest balloon inflated by the carbon dioxide given off when this living micro-organism is fed with sugar and warm water. The classroom smelt very yeasty! “It smells like my dad’s beer!” said one child.
On Science day, Year 5 made sundials and looked at acids and alkalis.
To go alongside the sunny weather, Year 5 made sundials to tell the time. They used compass directions to point it in the right direction and one class managed to tell. Ironically, in what seems like the sunniest summer in a long while, there was a bit of cloud for the other class. We can but try again.
Year 5 also made pH indicator from red cabbage juice. They then predicted which household items would be acid, alkali or neutral.
Year 6 spent the day experimenting with circuits. They built circuits that would power a motor to link with their DT topic of Fairgrounds. They spent time thinking about how they could make a switch.
A huge thank you to all the staff and TAs who enabled this event to take place.
Mrs Munns – Science Coordinator