P3 have been making great progress over the last few weeks to get their big project moving. We have finished tidying the courtyard, it is looking great and is now much easier to get around in and use. When we were cleaning up we found all the bits for a wormery so we have set this up and hope our worms will get to work and make us some compost.
Out in the playground we have spent lots of time clearing away the overgrown shrubs – a great big thank you to the parents who helped with this very hard work. We can now see what space we have to work in.
Our library TARDIS arrived (thanks Mr Pentony) and is beginning to fill up with books. We have also been painting pots to use in the garden and we are making resources to use outside too. We will be encouraging wildlife by setting up a small pond, a bug hotel and a hedgehog box in the next few weeks. Great work P3!
P3 have decided on their project for this term – we have been spending a lot of time outdoors and have been looking at the barked area next to our classroom and feel it could be so much better, therefore our project is to create an area which could be used as an outdoor classroom. We are currently cleaning the courtyard area so we can use the green house to grow some plants. We were also using our maths skills outdoors measuring different items and taking measurements of the outdoor area so we can draw plans to help us decide how best to use the area. We also planted our first seeds today – ain’t no stopping us now!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.