Today Year 1 were incredibly lucky to get a visit from someone special to help us with our Science learning. Ms White very kindly brought her dog, Buffy, to school to share with us. She was incredibly excited to meet us and we were just as excite to meet her. We talked about how she is similar and different to us. What she likes to eat, how old she is and much more.
In todays Science club we made popcorn. What is the Science in making popcorn you may ask? Well, the first question we thought of was, why does it pop? It turns out that inside each dried piece of sweet corn is a tiny droplet of water, once heated this water changes state from a liquid to a gas. As it evaporates and escapes it causes the sweet corn to POP! Have a go yourself at home with an adult:
The new Big Science Question for this term is ‘How will humans evolve in the future?’. Evolution means how species (types of plants and animals) change and adapt over time. For instance, humans have evolved from apes. Watch this video for an explanation:
So how do you think evolution will affect humans in the future? Will our bodies change because of the things we do or don’t do any more? Maybe our legs will evolve into wheels? Or our thumbs will grow bigger to make swiping our phones easier? Let us know your ideas by commenting below or make a poster, information leaflet or model to show the school your ideas. Hand your entries to your class teachers – the best entries will get a certificate and might end up on display!
This week we had to investigate what waterproof meant and what materials we could find that were waterproof and that weren’t. We had a lot of fun predicting our thoughts, testing the materials and discussing the results. It turns out that cardboard is not waterproof, but many of us thought it was. Ask us why and we can explain what happened.
On Thursday we held a parent workshop to help engage children with Science at home. The main focus was to look at how children can think Scientifically at home and engage in asking questions and finding the answer. One of the important things to remember is that it is not always about knowing the answer. Don’t panic if you don’t. That’s the beauty of Science – finding the answer, investigate, ask questions which may then lead down another investigative path.
If you have any questions or were unable to make the workshop and would like more information, please see Ms Turner, Ms Beaver or Ms Stanley.
Don’t forget the Parent workshop on Thursday 16th November, 4-5pm! We look forward to seeing you there.
This week 6C have been studying evolution and inheritance. We started our topic by investigating revolutionary scientists, such as Charles Darwin. During his voyage on the HMS Beagle, Darwin discovered that finches (a type of small bird) in the Galapagos Islands (group of islands off the coast of South America) looked very similar, but had different beaks. The beaks had adapted for different foods.
We investigated this discovery ourselves, by replicating the beaks using various wooden tools. Which tools were effective for picking up sultanas? Which tools were effective for picking up seeds?
Here are some examples of the learning Year 4 have been doing around the Big Science Question. It is interesting to see that some people think invisibility may already be around us? Do you agree with this? Why?