Class 2's blog
I have been delighted with the Science homework that some children in Class 2 have brought in this week. They have been working hard over Christmas to complete an investigation about how the temperature of hot chocolate affects how marshmellows melt.
We have had a great first day back today and have been involved in playing some games to learn new things about our new class mates and thinking about what our aims for the year ahead might be. We all thought about a secret of success (linked to the Dojos) that we would particularly like to work on to help us throughout the year and demonstrated aiming for this target in a practical way. We all had water balloons and had to 'aim' ours at the Dojo we had chosen to help us remember our goals as well as having lots of fun. It was a lot harder than it first seemed!
We have had great fun in science Club tonight designing and testing skittles ready for the children in Classes 1 and 2 to use in their beach day. We had to decide what materials to test inside the skittles and the best amount so that it would be easy for the younger children to knock down but not too easy! The children really showed how well they are able to use the characteristics of a scientist in planning this investigation. They thought about:
Classes 1 and 2 have been really lucky to have a visitor in school today: Physicist Scott Walker from the Ogden Trust and Keele University. We had great fun taking part in a workshop called 'Squishy Circuits' which taught us about electricity. First, we had opportunity to investigate electrical components and learn about how these work and about closed and open circuits. We made lots of real-life links to where we use electricity in school and our homes. We even managed to make more complicated parallel circuits to power a bulb, motor and buzzer at the same time!
Today we were very lucky to have a corn snake brought into school for us to find out about and see. In our science lessons we have been learning about different types of animals, their habitats and what they eat, including studying reptiles. We were given interesting information and had opportunity to ask questions, such as:
Yesterday was safer Internet Day 2019 and children in Classes 1 and 2 worked together to think about how they can make sure they are using the Internet safely and respectfully. We thought about devices on which we may be accessing the Internet as well as Apps and games that are online. We were surprised at how many we are using in school and at home.
In our science lessons, we are learning about different groups of animals. This week, we have been examining fish to find out about their special features are answer the questions "What makes a fish a fish?" We looked at detailed images of fish and then compared two different real fish) to see how they were different, but most importantly, how they were alike. The children were able to ask some really good scientific questions about fish, including:
In Science Club tonight. we had a challenge to solve! we had to find out which materials would keep some water warm the best. The children identified different materials to test (newspaper, cotton, towel, sponge, bubble wrap, foil, wool, plastic) and decided they would wrap these around a beaker of warm water. We thought about which equipment we would need and decided a thermometer would be useful to measure the water temperature and see if it changes after some time.
In science club this week we were investigating what the best material is for a handkerchief. We talked about why this is important and realised that is the material is too rough our noses would be sore but it also had to be strong and absorbent to soak up liquid. The children planned their own investigation thinking about what they would do, what equipment they would need and which materials they would test. They then made predictions about which would be the most suitable material and explained their reasons.