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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 dissecting owl pellets.

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!

 

 

 

During the afternoon we thought about how we would pitch our designs to the Eagles. Here are some of our diagrams and plans.

Oak Class Science Week - three little pigs - house building materials investigation

Willow Class Forces and Magnets. Term 3

STEM Project for Sycamore Class. Building a virtual plane. Term 4 .

STEM Home Learning Sycamore Class Term 4

This term Maple Class are looking at minibeasts. To start off our learning, we went on a minibeast hunt. They had so much fun!

Whilst the weather has been nice, Maple Class have been planting lettuce, spring onions and radishes!

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