Pond, Year 1 and 2, 26.6.19
This week, year 1 and 2 have been helping to get the pond ready for its liner. This mostly involved moving stones out the was to prevent it from being punctured and getting it ready for levelling by the Year 6 children.
Years 1 and 2 have been doing lots of work on plants. They have been learning how to draw them in the style of Georgia O’keeffe. They have learnt language used to describe them and then used this to help them identify different plants. They even used their sorting skills to classify different leaves.
Written by Green Team Members.
Today, the Green Team were weeding in the vegetable patch and pulled up a reddish. It isn’t fully grown but it is still edible. It can grow to the size of a gold ball as it turns into a sphere shape.
We also looked in on how are pizza patch is growing and were happy the tomatoes are getting nice and tall.
Year One put their water squirts to the test today. We all came up with a set of rules and then the competition began to see whose would squirt the furthest.
This afternoon Year 5 have carried out a variety of investigations involving forces. They have learnt about air-resistance, gravity, friction, magnetism as well as pushes and pulls.
Look out in the spring for some lovely colourful flowers. Green Team worked hard in their lunch time today to plant some bulbs given to us for free from Bulbs4Kids.
This afternoon Year 1 ventured outside into the woods to make self portraits. We then worked together to make a model of our bodies. We will be using these during the first term next year, when we will learn more about parts of the body and our senses.
Over the last few weeks we have watched our tiny caterpillars grow and change. Now they are wonderful Painted Lady butterflies and we have let the into the big wide world.
Today, year 3 have spent most of their day researching about and investigating rocks. We had a carousel of activities including: making a game on scratch, making a poster about sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks, observational drawings and finally a scratch test to test which rock would be the best to make a statue for Willy Wonka!
We’re going on a bug hunt.
What a beautiful day!
Keep your eyes peeled for any bird sightings on our feeding station. Thank you to those who have brought in your own feeders too. We hope to make some soon so please bring in a yoghurt pot or two.
We had something very exciting arrive in the post today. Our baby caterpillars. Over the next few weeks we will get to watch them grow. We also explored the school grounds too, limboing under brambles and finding our own baby creatures.
Maple and Willow Class set to work this afternoon measuring the height and length of all things dinosaur. How did using the tens help? Where do you need to start measuring from? What did you count in?
This morning we noticed some strange things in our playground like large footprints and giant bones! We thought we heard some loud noises as well! We decided to take a risk and do some exploring! We got our exploring exipment and excitedly went to investigate. We predicted that it might be dinosaurs!
We collaborated with our friends to explore our playground and found lots of different sized bones and footprints! We even discovered a hidden dinosaur nest! What dinosaur do you think might have visited our playground?
Today, Year One made the most of the snow and did some science experiments with it.
Can you remember the best way to make the snow last for longer?
In literacy today, year 3 have started a science investigation. We had to make a car move using a magnet. We investigated which materials are magnetic and which ones aren’t.
This morning we drew what we imagined a scientist would look like. Lots of us drew adults, with glasses on holding lots of different apparatus. Lots of our scientists were carrying out experiments! We realised that WE are actually scientists!
We became weather reporters and thought of lots of different questions we would like to know about the weather.
Today, some children wanted to draw flowers. We looked at bluebells and had a go at drawing them. We noticed that the petals were quite long.
Then we set up an experiment to see what will happen if we put food colouring into the water with some flowers.
What do you think will happen?
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Today, the children of year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to go and watch a live heart dissection. The children got to see all their learning up close and were expertly directed around the different parts by the science staff.
As an added bonus, the staff managed to get hold of a pluck (trachea, lungs, heart and liver), where a member of staff blew down a pipe and inflated the lungs.
Overall, the children loved the experience, even if they felt a little queasy at points.
After leaving our eggs to soak for just under a week, we removed them from the liquid today and found some surprising and scary results! While the water had not changed the egg at all, the other liquids had caused the eggs to crack, discolour and soften, and the shells to dissolve (fade away).
Look at the photo – which liquids did the most damage? Which are worse for your teeth?
This afternoon Year Two took to the field to identify and name some of the trees.
We learnt to be good scientist who had to look closely at the size and shape.
What plants do you have growing in the garden?
Can you spot any if the same trees at the park?
Cherry Class are investigating the effect of different drinks on our teeth. We are using hard boiled eggs to represent our teeth and have left them sat in glasses of water, coke, cherryade and orange juice. We also put one in vinegar as we’ve learnt that the bacteria in our mouths produce acid when they feed on the sugary food we’ve eaten.
What do you think will happen to each egg? Why?
Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a visit from a local dentist this afternoon. She taught us how to clean our teeth properly, which foods and drinks are good for our teeth, and even let some of us dress up in dentists’ gowns, masks and gloves.
Did you know that you should clean your teeth BEFORE breakfast?
Have a look at what we got up to today. Music makers, bulb lighters and lava lamp creators.
This afternoon, Year 6 have been working in their trio’s to identify the different parts of a flower, understand what each of their functions are as well as learn about the life cycle of plants.
they had many questions and had to really problem solve each what each of the elements were and the job they do, but all managed it alongside working with their peers collaboratively.
Do you know what the features are for each part of the flower?
Today we welcomed a visitor from Google Expedition, who came armed with 60 Virtual Reality headsets. The Google Expedition app allows children to visit and explore different parts of the world and universe from the comfort of their own classroom.
Lots of the children have been asking about how to get it at home, so here are a few links that may help you. The best bit is it is absolutely free and if you don’t have the VR headset you can use it in 2D mode through your tablet or smart phone.
If you have any questions about this, please come and ask Mr Pattison, as he is more than happy to help.
Here are some of the photos of the fantastic trip to @Bristol. The children had great fun, and were able to explore lots of different exhibits throughout the day.
The children of Year 4 finished off the visit by visiting the phenomenal Planetarium.
This afternoon Palm class went on a journey through space, it was amazing! We went in the space dome and learnt all about the planets and even got to go in a rocket to visit Mars!
We learnt about constellations and what some of the names are, we had a great journey!
Today it was competition time. Who can make their ‘rocket’ fly the furthest?
Which do you think was best? Bigger wings, lighter, heavier, pointer?
Today we have been writing secret messages and using the crystals we made last week to decorate cards.
We spent this week in science club looking at friction, static electricity and trying to make salt crystals. Keep your fingers crossed that they work.
Can make a butterfly fly?
Today we explored using paper clips and magnets to make our butterfly creation cry. First we used our scientific eye to draw a butterfly. Then we were set the challenge of making them fly without them touching the magent. We had to think about if more or less paper clips was best or bigger or smaller magnets works best.
Year 1, watched our Trainee Teachers carry out the ” The Great fire of London science experiment” today. Different materials were tested to see which would burn the best.
The first ever science club started by viewing T-Rex attempt the Ninja Warrior USA course. We were so impressed that we decided to make a new obstical for him to put his efforts into… The Hazeldown Quicksand Obstical.
We tried a variety of materials to see which was best, had fun and made a BIG mess.
This afternoon, as part of our ‘Me, Myself and I’ topic, we received a workshop led by Thrive practitioner Mrs Hurt. We learnt about how we have three different parts of our brains and how they make us react in different situations. The workshop was really informative with hands on activities which we all enjoyed; especially the warm and fuzzys!
We now have a much better understanding of our emotions and why people may react in different ways to us.
Can you remember what the three parts are called and what they deal with?
As we build our relationship with The University of Plymouth, fantastic events spring up along the way.
Today a couple of our Year 6 children have been invited to attend a variety of interesting workshops in recognition of their position in life and their attitudes to learning.
Lava races before lunch, good stuff!
To support our learning about the butterfly lifecycle we have been learning some new vocabulary.
Which words do you think we are acting out?
What do these words mean?
Linking to our topic of ‘Our Coastal Story’, year 5 are refreshing their knowledge and understanding of the water cycle. We have watched many videos that help explain it, alongside also acting the cycle to our peers.
As a follow up to science week, today we headed to Teignmouth Community School to experience some interesting and exciting science experiments.
We had the opportunity to complete experiments ourselves, as well as watch demonstrations.
Cherry Class is now full of many budding scientists! We had a great time!
This afternoon, we transformed our year 4 classrooms into science labs consisting of 6 fascinating activities.
In the physics room, we had:
- Investigating sound- using drums and guitars, we observed the difference in vibrations between the variety of sized drums and strings. We realised that the larger drums make slower vibrations and therefore deeper sounds causing the spaghetti to bounce up and down. The smaller drums had tighter skins, which vibrate quicker so the spaghetti did not bounce up and down as much.
- Friction- rolling a car down a ramp, we investigated the friction caused by different materials. We found that the towel created the most friction and the large books the least.
- Electricity- we experimented with circuits to make bulbs light up and to power buzzers. We found out the a circuit needs to be complete for the electricity to travel.
As Science Weeks comes to a close, we have reflected on all the fun we have had while investigating and experimenting with colour.
Here we are with our hand-made colour spectrum wheels:
We also had a fantastic (and messy) time mixing paint to create different colours. Ask us about what happens when you mix two colours like red and yellow!
Day 4 of science week and Palm Class were off exploring again…
We became camouflage detectives today, searching high and low for hidden minibeast colours.
Our special visitor from Devon Wildlife Trust gave us the challenge to find as many hidden minibeast colour strips as we could!
Which colours were easier to spot first? Which colours were more tricky to locate? What does that tell us about the colour of minibeasts?
What are all the reasons for minibeasts being different colours?
Which minibeasts display warning colours? What are those colours?
Which minibeasts prefer to be camouflaged and hide? What colours were these?
Which creatures use their colours to attract? What colours were they?
Remember to make a note of any other questions you had about today’s learning, so we can post them to Lucy from Devon Wildlife. She told us how they would love to hear from us again!
How many minibeasts can you correctly identify from the images below?
Apply your skills from today’s learning to help you locate the bugs!
We had a thrilling afternoon at TCS as part of our Science Week, where we carried out experiments using heat and chemicals! The children were so excited as they saw simple materials change before their eyes! What chemical did we add to the PVA glue and water to make the magic putty? Remember to ask an adult at home if you want to try the drinks can experiment!
As part of science week, year 4 were invited to take part in a science lesson at TCS.
They were very impressed with the facilities and resources on offer in the science lab.
They carried out a variety of experiments and witnessed chemical reactions involving hydrochloric acid and magnesium. They also made a special goo using pva glue mixed with chemicals.
Can you remember why the magnesium caused the test tube to heat up?
Thank you to everyone who has entered the science competition. We’ve certainly had some interesting and original ideas. Well done and good luck.
Palm Class are really enjoying science week so far!
Look at what we have been exploring today…
How can you explain what happened to the milk when you added the washing-up-liquid and food colouring?
How did you create the colour spinning top? What happens to the colours when you spin it?
Which experiment will you try at home?
(American spelling of ‘Colour’ in activity article below)
Year Three completed science activities today based upon their current topic, ‘All about Water’.
They really enjoyed conducting the investigations and also trying to figure out how and why certain things occurred.
What brilliant fun we all had today learning about science! Thank you Mr G!
Which were your favourite discoveries today?
Which activity have you already tried to do again at home?
Tell someone three things you didn’t know about science, until today!
Hazeldown’s Science week has begun with a bang.
All the children experienced Mr G’s Science Show in assembly and all children in KS1 and KS2 took part in a science workshop.
Can you explain the things you observed? Could you try your own version at home? What has been the best bit so far.
Don’t forget to look out for further science posts after in class activities.
Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic, hands-on workshop with Mr G. From making sherbet, to trying out a camera obscura; from creating rockets, to making light sabre sound effects… What a brilliant workshop!
After an incredibly exciting assembly full of explosions and reactions, year 4 spent the afternoon with Mr G experimenting with different scientific concepts.
- Making vibrations to create sounds in different ways using slinkys, straws and cups
- experimenting with water displacement
- learning how our eyes work
- Using the force of air from a balloon to move CDs
Isn’t science fancinsting!
Can you explain how these things work?