The children in Key Stage 2 were set a challenge as part of British Science Week. They were asked to think about what a classroom of the future might look like. After research and discussion the children set about creating their future classroom plans.
Team LL have had an amazing Science Week. We were lucky enough to be involved with a virtual chemistry workshop ran by lecturers from Sheffield University. We attended online lectures and learnt about Sir Harry Kroto and his discovery of a third kind of carbon called the Buckminsterfullerene - or Buckyball for short. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The class had the challenge of creating their own models of the mollecule.
In team CH we have been exploring objects and their physical properties. We have been able to make comparison between a variety of materials such as, wood, plastic, glass, water and describe their physical properties. Through observing the change in season and weather conditions we were able to predict which material would make the best shelter and why. We then carried out our own experiment to see which material would be the most suitable.
In Science we have been learning about materials and their physical properties. We have learnt about the difference between natural and manmade materials and we have used our knowledge of materials to predict which material would be best suited to building a house for The Three Little Pigs. We tested this and found that Lego brick was stronger than wooden sticks and paper straws. Then we found out that The Three Little Pigs had not listened to our results and they built their house from straw rather than Lego bricks like we had suggested. This resulted in a flood! So, we tested 3 different types of paper to find out which type of paper would be best suited to helping The Three Little Pigs clean up the water. We found that tissue paper and normal paper was not very absorbent, but that paper towel was the best option.
In science this week, we have continued exploring States of Matter. The children worked in groups of 5 to plan their own enquiry to investigate whether temperature impacts the rate of evaporation. The children had to consider the equipment they required, what they would be measuring/observing, how they would present their findings and most importantly, how could they ensure it was a fair test. The investigations will be carried out next week and I am already looking forward to the results!
Team LL have been thoroughly enjoying their science work linked to electricity and circuits. This week they have been generating possible investigation questions and creating vocabulary checklists. In pairs the children have chosen their own investigation question. They carried out their investigation and wrote up their findings.
In Science we have been learning about "touch" and enjoyed using feely boxes to identify different objects. We covered our hand with a sock and tried to guess the object and found out it was much trickier to guess correctly if our hand was covered.
Today we have been learning about the function of the root and how this part keeps the plant healthy. We watched a short clip on the two different types of roots and discussed how these are different before exploring the roots of a viola plant and a carrot.
During science, the children carried out an investigation as a whole class to find out what the function of a stem is. Through adding different coloured dyes to the water the children were able to explore through the observations that the stem allowed the water to travel through to reach other parts of the plants. This was shown through the petals changing colour.
Head over to Team GG's blog to see some pictures of their amazing science investigations!
This week Team JF conducted their second investigation of the year to determine the best temperature to melt chocolate. Before we started our careful observations, we had lots of discussion around materials changing state and made our own sensible predictions. The children worked together to test each temperature, ensuring they were carrying out a fair test throughout! I have been very impressed with the scientific vocabulary the children have been using and I believe we have some true scientists amongst us!
Science - Which materials are best in preventing sound from being heard?
Today, we conducted our first experiment in Science. We wrapped an egg shaker in different materials (tissue, hand paper towel, paper, fabric, tin foil and clingfilm) and recorded the sound of the egg shaker. We were testing which material was best in preventing the sound from being heard. We concluded that the worst material was the clingfilm and the best material was the paper due to the thickness of this.
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