Good morning, everyone! There are some fantastic, simple science experiments in this booklet.
What a great opportunity! Today, three-time NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander Steve Swanson will be answering questions live about life on the Space Station and having fun in space. You can follow on Twitter using the hashtag #spacetolearn and astronaut Steve will be answering the best questions LIVE!
As the skies have been clear at night recently, have you looked up and spotted the Moon? At the moment, there isn’t much Moon to see! The New Moon phase started on 24th March so currently we can only see a small part of the Moon. However, each night, we will see a little more.
For today’s activity, be a scientist and start a Moon chart. One key skill of being a scientist is making observations and recording results. Think about how best you can record how the Moon changes over time. At some point over the next two weeks, we see a full Moon. Make sure you note down that date and we can compare when we get back to school, or add your observations to your Google Classroom.
For some of our older children, if you’re really up for a challenge, think about why the Moon looks different each night. Does the Moon change size? Why is this happening?
All week the children at Cannon Park Primary have enjoyed taking part in National Science Week, where they have investigated and found out about our ‘Diverse World’ and become scientists!
Every year group were given some potatoes to ‘chit’ in a place of their choice, and then were given the task of planting them in an ideal spot. Each class had the same number of potatoes, and used the same soil and container to make this test fair. In July we will did them up and see which class managed to grow the heaviest crop.
Children have also been busy adopting a tree in our school grounds, and found out how to measure its height by looking through their legs. They will visit the tree throughout the year to note and observe the changes that occur. At the moment it was hard to identify the tree type without leaves, so are looking forward to seeing if their guesses were correct, as leaves sprout.
Each class also took part in a biscuit investigation to discover which biscuit was the best ‘dunker’. Year 5 concluded that the cylindrical shape of the biscuit made a better ‘dunker’ and Year 3 investigated which biscuit would be best for Mr Ward’s cup of tea.
Our Science Week concluded with a fantastic visit from Professor Bubbleworks, who carried out lots of amazing science experiments, which the children adored, and he even taught the staff a few new tricks!
Year 6 were Scientists this afternoon, investigating biscuits and their dunking times in tea. They made predictions, carried out fair tests and wrote about their experiment and results. The children were unanimous in their findings, with the Custard Cream and Bourbon Cream being the biscuits which could be dunked the longest before finally breaking in the tea.
This afternoon, Year 5 were challenged to make a working shaduf.
A shaduf, also spelled shadoof, is a hand-operated device for lifting water, invented in ancient times and still used in India, Egypt, and some other countries to irrigate land. Typically it consists of a long, tapering, nearly horizontal pole mounted like a seesaw.
They had to use their knowledge of forces and mechanisms to investigate the best way to build one with the materials available…
As part of Science linked with Art, Year 6 looked at how light travels and casts a shadow. We took advantage of the sun and went outside to create some great sketches of objects with their individual shadows. A great start to your first day back after the holidays, Year 6.
Continuing their learning of light, Year 3 looked at reflections made by nature. The children examined pictures of landscapes which had beautiful reflections in clear and still water. They then designed their own reflective landscapes using watercolour pencils. We had some lovely scenic pictures. Well done Year 3.
Year 3 were Scientists this afternoon, looking at how light reflects and travels. They made their own periscopes using cereal boxes and mirrors and were absolutely amazed at how they could use them to see around corners and over and under things. The children even went into Year 6, where they saw Mrs MacDonald, and were keen to explain how their periscopes work. What great enthusiasm and enjoyment for Science Year 3!
This afternoon, Year 3 were visited by Warwick University students on behalf of UNICEF. We had a workshop delivered on Nutrition and the importance of a healthy and varied diet. Furthermore, they spoke about the work they do to support those children, who are in need in less developed countries around the world. They also informed us about how we can get involved by doing simple things within our local community. Finally we created group posters on what we had learnt from the session.