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Fir Class have fun during Science Week!

 

The theme for our Science Week this February was ‘Change’.  The children were challenged to explore how things change.

Our first activity was to investigate how the seasons change in the UK.  The children collected samples of natural objects outside and made a ‘Natural Palette’ which was fascinating as the children discovered that most of the colours were brown, grey and black.  We talked about why and what our palettes would look like at different times of the year.  We also investigated why trees lose their leaves in the Autumn.  The children have gained a much better understanding of the seasons.  They are waiting for the ‘right time’ to open our hedgehog box and let them out and also carefully observing our bulbs which are beginning to pop their heads above the soil. 

Our second activity was to collect worms!  This activity was designed to get the children thinking about why animals are the colours they are.  Outside the children discovered different coloured ‘worms’ on the grass.  The worms were black, brown, green, red and yellow.  They worked in groups and had one minute to collect as many worms as possible and stick onto their board.  After one minute they held up their boards and to their amazement most of the worms were yellow and red.  Very few worms were green or brown.  The children discussed this outcome and decided that it was easier to collect the more colourful worms as they ‘stood out’.  They then went on to talk about real worms and why they are brown.  Back in class we looked at different animals and saw how camouflage works in the wild.

Our third activity was linked to our history topic ‘The Great Fire of London’.  The children baked bread but with a difference.  One group baked bread with all the ingredients.  Another group baked the bread without the yeast.  The third group baked the bread without the oil.  After predicting what would happen the children had the chance to look, feel and taste the different breads.  They then wrote about the importance of the different ingredients and what they thought happened when they changed the recipe. 

Our last activity was creating ‘Rainbows’ in milk.  The children used their predictive powers to decide what would happen to milk when food colouring was added then washing up liquid.  We then changed the type of milk to see if this had any effect.  They children used full cream milk, semi skimmed milk, skimmed milk, soya milk and water.  The children enjoyed watching the colours disappear when the washing up liquid was added.  They decided that the amount of fat in the milk changed the way the colours mixed with the washing up liquid. 

Our last activity was creating ‘Rainbows’ in milk.  The children used their predictive powers to decide what would happen to milk when food colouring was added then washing up liquid.  We then changed the type of milk to see if this had any effect.  They children used full cream milk, semi skimmed milk, skimmed milk, soya milk and water.  The children enjoyed watching the colours disappear when the washing up liquid was added.  They decided that the amount of fat in the milk changed the way the colours mixed with the washing up liquid.