Today, year 3 enjoyed investigating the effects of frictions on different surfaces. We tested how far a toy car would travel on the following surfaces: carpet, whiteboard and wood. We predicted that the car would travel the furthest on the whiteboard because it is a smooth surface and it would travel the least furthest on the carpet because it is a rough surface. Our predications were correct! We found that the car travelled the furthest (154cm) on the whiteboard because there was lesson friction. The toy car did not move at all for the carpet because there was a lot of friction! We are so excited for our next Science investigation.
We’ve been looking at our first science topic of electricity. We know that electricity is a type of energy. We’ve worked hard to construct our own simple circuits with different components. Using this knowledge, we’ve investigated the effect of adding different numbers of components to circuits. We can’t wait to use this knowledge in Design and Technology when we make our own circuit games!
The children in Y1M were surprised with a special visitor on Monday, John from West Boldon Lodge. He joined us at school for a day of activities as part of our Science topics including Green plants and Living things and the environment.
We had a fantastic day, it was so much fun. Here are some of the things we got up to.
- We learned about different kinds of plants and impressed John by naming different parts of plants and trees. At the beginning of the day we thought plants were a bit boring but John taught us that actually plants are AMAZING! Did you know plants make their own food?
- We played seed tag, thinking about all the things plants need to grow. We had to collect air, water, sunlight and soil to make sure our seeds grew.
- We planted our own lettuce seeds to take home.
- We learned about life cycles of different animals including Butterflies, Hens and Frogs. We worked in teams to find clues and put the lifecycle back together.
- We used Butterfly nets to search for insects in the plants and long grass. We found lots of flies, snails and other minibeasts.
- Finally as a special treat, John let us cut wood and we have a campfire. We talked about fire safety and knew it was important to stay away from the fire. We roasted marshmallows too- they were delicious!
Thank you to John for coming and making it “the best day ever”.
In Science this term, year 2 have been learning all about everyday materials and their properties.
They have carried out experiments to investigate the suitability of materials for different purposes.
The children tested which material would be the best to make a toy boat for Peter Rabbit to escape the flood in Mr McGregor’s garden. They decided that the material should be waterproof, strong and able to float. They placed different materials in water to see whether they sank or floated. The children learned that although some materials did stay afloat, they might not make a very good boat!
Peter then decided that it would be even better to build a bridge so they investigated which material would be the most suitable for this job. The children had a brilliant time constructing a small bridge with materials such as foil, paper, card, plastic straws and wooden sticks then testing how many weights they could hold before collapsing. Can you guess which material was the strongest?
Y5B repotted some leek plants, then placed them in the polytunnel. Pupils were fascinated by what was growing in there. They sniffed the herbs: mint, thyme and rosemary in the raised beds. Everyone loved seeing how much the bulbs they had planted in Year 4 had grown.