Category: Science

Year 5: What new materials can you make using vinegar?

Year 5 were chemists in science this afternoon, creating new materials. We created carbon dioxide by mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Then, we found out what happens when you mix milk with vinegar. We created a new material called caesin which is a natural plastic. It took a lot of mixing!

Can you feel the force?

This afternoon, Year 3 have been having a great time rolling cars down ramps. As well as playing with cars, they were learning all about forces and, in particular, friction. Our Teamwork value was very much on display as the children worked in small groups. Well done, everyone!


Investigating our blood

Year 6 had a great afternoon investigating everything about our blood including where is comes from and what its main components are. As scientists, we found out how vital it is to our bodies and even carried out an experiment to make our own blood!


Year 5: Can you feel the force?

Year 5 went on a virtual trip to a theme park to start their new science topic all about forces this afternoon. They experienced gravity, friction, and air-resistance all from the safety of their classroom.

Our amazing circulatory system

This term in year 6, we are exploring what a journey through our human body would look like. As scientists, the children started by examing the human circulatory system. They found out key facts and used an interactive website to see how the system carries blood around the body. We even made our own model heart pumps!  Well done year 6 for a great start to our new topic.


Investigating microorganisms

As scientists, Year 6 investigated microorganisms. They learnt what microorganisms are and discovered that they can be helpful and harmful. We carried out an experiment using yeast (which the children were surprised to know is a microorganism), sugar, water and balloons. We predicted what might happen and then observed the results. There was a great buzz in the classroom when the balloon began to inflate with carbon dioxide! Well done Year 6 for showing great enjoyment during science.

Astronaut Q&A

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!

Moon Watch

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?

Science Week 2020

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!