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!
Class 2's blog
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.
In science club today we had a bag of objects to investigate. We talked about how and why scientists group things then thought like scientists to come up with our own ideas for groups. There were some great ideas, including:
In Science Club today we had a tricky challenge to solve! We had to create our own timers that showed when a minute exactly was up. The only equipment we had was sugar, cups, weighing scales and scissors.
Class 2 had an enjoyable maths morning today where the children had opportunity to share with their parents some of the different practical resources they use in their maths lessons and different ways that numbers and calculations can be represented. Thank you very much to parents for taking part in the session. I know the children really enjoyed working with you and sharing their learning.
Last week when we went to Chester Zoo we had an amazing day looking at all of the animals. We were very lucky to have a workshop with one of the zoo keepers who was able to tell us all about lots of the animals in the zoo and gave us chance to ask questions.