Special Visitors to Foundation – Foundation – 18.03.21
Ash and Beech have had some very exciting visitors this week. On Monday, an incubator arrived with 10 chicken eggs. The incubator kept the eggs warm and we watched as the chicks started to hatch from their eggs. The chicks started off looking rather soggy but soon warmed up and got very fluffy! We learnt all about the life cycle of a chicken and shared our own knowledge with our friends. We linked this in with our learning for science week. We learnt that the orange/brown chicks are females (hens) and the yellow chicks are males (cockerels).
When the chicks were dry and strong, we moved them to the brooder box with a special heat lamp to keep them warm. The chicks huddle together to keep warm.
We used the chicks as inspiration for our literacy writing and wrote some independent sentences about the chicks. We used some of our fantastic adjectives and were resourceful by using the vocabulary wall. We loved challenging ourselves to up level our sentences and encouraged one another to be resilient.
We also developed our oracy skills by debating! We used the question ‘are eggs alive?’ as our hook. We discussed our ideas and decided that not all eggs are alive as you can eat chocolate eggs! We used some fantastic metacognition reasoning to elaborate and justify our opinions. We then extended our learning even further by discussing some statements. We found ourselves in a cognitive conflict but collaborated as a team and got out of the learning pit!
On Thursday, we got to have chick cuddles! We were very careful and patient with the chicks and loved holding them.
As you know, this week is Science week and year 5 turned into scientific investigators yesterday to learn about the reproductive parts and functions of a flower. Have a look at the pictures below:
Today Fir Class have been testing the strength of different magnets. First we had to design a fair test to find out the strength of each magnet. Then we predicted which magnet would be the strongest after which we carried out our experiment. Our predictions were not always correct!
We had a great time learning about capacity, temperature and weight today! All of the children got hands on, experimenting using the different resources and thinking hard about what happened in each activity and WHY!
Which activity was your favourite?
This afternoon, we imagined we were weather reporters and presented our own weather show to our friends. We worked with a learning partner and collaborated to discuss what we wanted our weather report to be like.
Today we were weather reporters. We watched a video showing an example of a weather forecast before getting into pairs, and acting out our own forecast! The children used pictures of clouds, a sun and raindrops to pin on their map of the U.K. We had lots of discussion about the weather in Teignmouth, and predicting what the weather will be like tomorrow in Teignmouth and across the UK. What language did we use during our weather forecast?
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!
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?
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?
Science week has, quite literally, started with a bang this morning with the Mr G’s Science Show. The children, and adults, were treated to amazing science. Mr G turned an ordinary coin into gold, fired smoke rings at us, knocking plastic cups off the teachers’ heads, and baffled us all with his heavy and light rice.
We remained as quiet as mice while Mr G made the largest bubble he could. One slight sound and it popped.
We used static energy by rubbing a balloon on our heads to make a tin can move. Some of us created more static than others.
We learnt how the pupils in our eyes really see things – upside down!
Isla generated a great deal of static. I bet you wish you brought a comb in to school.
Mr Quint and Mrs Maguire were highly confused by the direction of sounds when wearing this contraption on their heads.
Hazeldown have started their science week with a bang, thanks to Mr G’s science show. The first experiment included fire and was helped by a very brave Mrs Lang.
All of Key Stage Two were so excited and enthusiastic about all the experiments and what lies ahead this week in class.