Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2021 - 2022
We were thrilled to be part of the judging panel for the Royal Society again this year. Pine children have been reading and grading the six science books according to the different criteria specified. Our final panel of three collated the results and have entered them onto the website as part of the national panel.
The winner in our school was I Ate Sunshine For Breakfast by Michael Holland, but we await the national results to find the overall winner.
We now have six more science books for our library, so a big thank you to The Royal Society.
Science Club - Term One
This time in Science Club, the children investigated what happens when sugar is dissolved in warm water by using the coating on the sweets Skittles.
They then made their own amazing patterns and designs and watched what happened.
They looked fantastic!
Science Club - Term One
This time the activity was about providing the best materials to protect Humpty Dumpty, when he fell off his wall. They designed and made their own protection vehicles for Humpty to go in to see if he would land safely. And he did - most of the time!! We had a couple of cracked eggs, but mostly he survived.
This year we have held two sessions in Science Club for Key Stage 1.
In the first, we carried out an investigation called Daisy, Daisy. This involved observing what happened to the petals of a paper flower, when it was placed on water. The children then investigated flowers made of different materials to see what happened when they were placed in water. They talked about the water being 'absorbed' into the material, how quickly it would open and whether it would float or sink.
See the photos below.
In the second session, we carried out an activity called Rocket Mice. This involved making a mouse model and then shooting it into the air by blasting it from the end of a plastic bottle. The children investigated which size bottle sent the mouse the furthest and also different mice made of different materials. They talked about 'pressure, force and air'.
Take a look at the photos, one mouse went incredibly far!!
Each week we checked on the stick insects too and gave them new food and a clean tank.
Pine Class Summer Term Science- Lifecycles and food chains
This term in class we have been learning all about food chains and the differences between food chains and food webs.
We have also been looking at the different lifecyles of amphibians, mammals, birds and insects, creating our own information booklets about one creature in each category.
In the classroom, we have been observing the lifecycle of the painted Lady butterfly and were really relieved when all 5 safely hatched and were released into the school garden.
Please see below for some examples of work we have completed this term.
Oak Class Skeletons and Joints Science Activities
Following on from our predator work and after investigating owl pellets, Oak Class have been learning about skeletons and joints. We investigated how our joints work by making 'joints' with straws. First we saw how difficult it was to bend with no gaps between the straws, meaning they only bent at the concertinaed joint. On cutting the straws we were able to understand how joints work to help us bend and to every day tasks. See the photos below. Also, we investigated what would happen if we did not have an elbow joint by putting a rigid tube on our arm. We found drinking very difficult! Take a look at our attempts below and see if we got wet!
In a following activity, we investigated how worms move after learning that they have no hard bones and are classed as a 'soft invertebrate'. (No worms were harmed in this investigation and all were returned to the garden they came from.)
We also had a challenge to help us understand how bones support our weight. We had to see who could build the tallest tower to support a ball the highest off the table using only 10 pieces of thin paper. It was found that 'rounded' structures (similar to bones) provide stronger support.
Oak Class - Sorting Animal Species Task
Oak Class have a lot of new vocabulary to learn in this terms topic. They need to know different types of animal and be able to identify which group an animal belongs to. We held a sorting task outside to have a practice and to get used to using the scientific words.
Pine Class STEM Science Week Activity with RAF Coningsby
Today we have been working with engineers and ambassadors of STEM from RAF Coningsby to develop our understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Our day was started off with a talk on whwer we use and se all of the above in our everyday lifes. We then moved on to discuss aerodynamics, renewable energy, camouflage and how engines work.
We were shown models of Typhoons and Harriers to compare how they performed in the air. We also learned about safety gear and ejector seats!
The children were full of questions to extend their knowledge, before they started their own task of designing a new aircraft for the RAF.
Here are some photos of our amazing day.
Excellent Team work Pine!