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Form III Science

In Form III we have been investigating rocks. Finding out about how different types of rock are made and how rocks are changed and recycled in the rock cycle.  We saw how soil was made from humus and tiny fragments of rock, and planned a soil investigation.

Examining rocks and soil.

We melted different types of chocolate chips to demonstrate igneous rock formation and the children had fun making sedimentary sandwiches!

Each filling represented a different layer in our rock.

Investigating which soil drained the quickest.

Finally we examined some fossils, learned about how fossils can be made and what we can learn from them.

 

 

 

“Bugs in Amber.”

 

 

 

Form II Science

We have been learning about and investigating habitats. We were able to take advantage of good weather to investigate our pond, flower bed and woodpile habitats.

What can we find?

Recording our observations.

Form I Science

We have been busy comparing our bodies and investigating our senses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By making careful observations and comparisons, we found out that brown was the most common hair colour whilst red was the least common. Green was the least common eye colour whilst brown was the most common.  We found that the tallest child also had the largest hands!

We used two pencils to investigate why two eyes are better than one.

This task was definitely easier with both eyes open!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We heard plenty of different sounds on our sound walk around the school grounds. We tried to predict what types of vehicles were moving past school from the sounds they made.

The children had fun completing the taste challenge! Syrup, honey, milk and crisps were popular but marmite and mustard less so.

 

Star Centre Visit

This year UIV spent the entire day at the Star Centre. The morning was spent learning about our Solar System.  After a short lecture we split into two teams, which the children decided to call Andromeda and Milky Way.  Each team spent time in the 360o cinema experience and completed a series of challenges in Mission Control.  Both teams worked extremely well to ensure that every member of the team reached level 5 by sharing the information they found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch we had an exciting time learning about how laser and 3D printers are being used. We printed a 3D robot and watched the laser cutter engrave and cut out a key ring.

Each team also spent time, in space suits, on the surface of Mars catching aliens.

The children also had the opportunity to operate a variety of robots.

Upper IV Flying Lesson

On Friday UIV, accompanied by Mrs Jackson, Mrs Gravenor and Miss Capone, visited iFLY at Trafford Park.

We were told how the tower produces the wind speed and smooth air flow necessary for the freefall experience. Professor iFly was very impressed with the scientific knowledge of the children when they could explain about air resistance and surface area along with knowing the difference between mass and weight.  In small groups we designed and built our own wind-powered vehicles.

The best part of the trip was our flight in the tower. The instructors made sure that we all managed to achieve a good position in the air flow and some of opted to be taken right to the top of the tower at the end of the session.

This has to be the best science lesson ever!

Pond Dipping

A lovely sunny afternoon saw LIV pond dipping in our new pond. We were amazed by the wide range of invertebrates  we found along with a few frogs.

As we expected, we found lots of tadpoles, some of which were just starting to grow their legs. The surprise was that we also found Mayfly and Dragonfly nymphs along with two different species of snails.

All creatures were returned back to the pond unharmed after we had looked at them.

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Nursery Chicks

 

 

Farmer Adam’s eagerly awaited visit finally arrived. With him, were twelve brown eggs in a special box called an incubator.  The eggs remained absolutely still in the incubator for two days.

 

 

On the third day we noticed something happening! How fascinating to see the first chicks hatch!  Nursery children spent a lot of time observing the start of new life.

 

After a further two days we had to move the chicks from the incubator to a brooder box. This was to be their new home for the next two weeks in the classroom.

Each day we took turns to care for the chicks. They needed fresh water and a special food called chick crumb. We also had to change their bedding to keep them clean and comfortable.

 

After two weeks it was time to move on to a bigger space to live outside at the home of these two children. “Bye bye little chicks – we hope you that you have a happy life in your new home!”

 

Science in the Freezer

MIV have been learning about lifecycles and, for a challenge, had to write an information leaflet telling penguin parents how to care for their egg and chick.

UIV have starting looking at variation and how organisms are adapted to their environment.

Both classes joined together for a very interesting talk by Amelia and Daniel Finnett’s grandfather who has been on an exciting trip to Antarctica. He showed us photographs and video clips of many different animals that he had been lucky enough to see. We discovered that MIV children are about the same size as an Emperor Penguin and that the mouth of a Humpback Whale could hold most of UIV classroom!

Lower I Investigate Dinosaur Footprints

Following Wow Dinosaur Day, Lower I were fortunate in being given an impression of a Megalosaurus footprint by one of our daddies. Through research, we discovered that this was a carnivorous dinosaur that lived in Europe and measured about nine metres long and weighed around one ton.

Afterwards, we went outside and compared the size of our feet to the foot of the Megalosaurus and used a variety of measuring tools.

 

 

WOW! Science – Dinosaurs

Today was our much anticipated Wow Science Day. Each class from Nursery to Upper IV was assigned a class dinosaur. During the morning, they researched and learned about their dinosaur and made a mask.

They went on a palaeontological dig to find fossils and discover more about dinosaurs and their time on Earth.

Each child made a plaster of Paris fossil to take home and excavate.

They went on a dinosaur egg hunt to find the letters that spell their dinosaur before they collaborated on actual size outlines of them using either string or cones to mark them out.

In the afternoon, we had two very special visitors: Jack the baby Allosaurus and Millie the seven-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Many of the children came dressed as their favourite dinosaurs…

The little dinosaurs headed home having all learned lots!

 

 

 

 

 

 

More pictures from the day can be seen here.

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