Category Archives: Science

Blast Off in P3!

P3 were experimenting further today with solids, liquids and gases.  We managed to get a hold of some gallium, an amazing metal which melts in warm water and changes into a beautiful shiny silver coloured liquid which just rolls around the palm of your hand.

We were outdoors learning about the power of gases, we experimented with canister rockets, exploding lunch bags and launched water/air rockets.  The water/air rocket was hard work to fill with air using the foot pump but it was worth the effort when it blasted off skyward to the screams of delight from P3.   We also experienced air resistance using parachutes.

 

It’s a solid… It’s a liquid… It’s Oobleck

As part of our project on solids, liquids and gases we have been learning about their properties and sorting lots of items into their correct categories, they are either a solid, a liquid or a gas … and then along comes Oobleck to confuse the situation.    Today in P3 we were making Oobleck which can behave like a solid and  a liquid without a change in temperature.

We tested it outside by putting some in a bag and adding a fresh egg, we then dropped it from a height to see if the Oobleck would make a solid around the egg and protect it from breaking.  We managed  a drop of 2.6 metres, the egg finally broke when thrown directly at a wall.   Very messy science but great fun!

 

 

Solids, liquids and gases in P3

P3 have been continuing to learn about solids, liquids and gases.  We have looked at how materials change when they are heated or cooled.  We used thermometers to check the temperature of different materials including ourselves.  We have also been learning about the density of liquid.  We had a selection of different liquids to work with and had to predict which ones we thought were more dense than others.  We did really well in our predictions but had a few surprises when we tried the experiment and seen how the liquids behaved when poured on top of one another.  We were also discussing how oil and water don’t mix even if you really shake them together.

John Muir – Conserving Day!

We have had another wonderful day outdoors in our local community for the CONSERVE part of our John Muir award. First, we collected litter in the park and field next to our school to conserve the environment there. P5 couldn’t believe it when our litter weighed a stone! We were shocked and will now encourage other not to drop litter. Then, P5 returned to the river. While there, we learned about Native, Non-native and invasive species and their impact on habitat. We also learned how dangerous some plants can be.

P5 want to say a huge thanks to Sam, our ranger, for being so full of knowledge and enthusiasm. It has really helped  to focus on the importance of being kind to our world. P5 showed great respect outdoor and should be so incredibly proud of themselves…they have even managed to convince Miss McKay that the outdoors are not so scary after all.

The Science of Chocolate in P3

P3 are working hard on their project on solids, liquids and gases.  Today we used the science of chocolate to help us understand how a solid can change to a liquid using heat.  We melted chocolate squares and seen the process happening before our very eyes.  We then used the melted chocolate to make crispie cakes and then watched as the chocolate became a solid again as it cooled down.    We used our learning about arrays to help us count the number of crispie cakes we had made and the best bit was getting to eat them, yummy!

 

Blossoming in P3

P3 have been observing the blossom trees in the park for the last few weeks.  We have enjoyed watching them change from beautiful trees with masses of bright colourful blossom to trees which are almost bare with only some dark dying blossom left.

We have observed the shape and size of the trunks of the trees and how the branches spread out to create lovely structures.  We used our observations to create these stunning blossom tree paintings.

We completed our paintings in stages focusing first on the creating the trunk and branches and then we added our blossom using paint and tin foil instead of brushes.  The look beautiful on display in the corridor and are a lasting reminder of the stunning blossom trees in the park.

Play Pod Fun!

Lots of imaginative play using our Play Pod this week – digging for gold, den building, moving parts play – litter picking is fun too – and great for practising our counting skills in P1!

Rock Stars in P3

P3 have been outdoors again – the weather was not so good this time, very damp and misty so we had to finish our lesson indoors.

We were looking for different types of rocks – we didn’t think we would find many in the school grounds but to our surprise there were loads.  We then spent time sorting our rocks into different categories, size, shape, colour etc.  We then used them to make some rock structures.

P5 John Muir Award – Explore

Primary 5 have been very busy over the last week, working towards our John Muir award. On Thursday we went out to explore different areas in our local community with Sam the Ranger. We had a great experience and the weather was perfect.

We learned lots of new information and skills like how to measure a tree and what different types of trees look like. We also learned that litter is a major issue in the field next to our school. At the river, we looked for living creatures using nets. We loved it and we learned how to be really safe.

Our next trip out will be to conserve the park and field area and the area at the river.

Please do let us know what you think of our learning as it will help us to achieve our award.

Thanks for reading,

P5 and Miss McKay