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 had a visit from Shaun the Lamb today. Thanks so much to Alessandra’s mum and aunt for bringing Shaun along for us to see. He was so cute, fluffy and extremely well behaved, what a lovely start to our morning.
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.
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.
Great excitement in school today for Red Nose Day – thank you for your support ! We all learned at assembly about where our donations go, as well as having a bit of fun! If you would like to recycle your red noses you can bring them back to school or take them to the customer service desk at any branch of Sainsburys.
At assembly we again celebrated those who have gone “over and above” and those who have shown the Learning Power of Respect. Leaflets about our Learning Heroes have gone home in school bags this week.
It has been another busy week. P1, P4 and nursery are all very focused on being Eco warriors just now, with some amazing learning and collaboration happening.So far we have saved over 100 plastic bottles from use from Friday packed lunches – well done P1-3 families! We are about to install a compost bin in the playground for all those apple cores and left over bits of snack at playtimes.
P1s and P5s have been out and about in our village exploring sustainability issues.
P7 complete their level 1 Bikeability training today , with P6 starting on Monday – we are very grateful to our parent volunteers and to Philppa Barber from ELC Outdoor Education team for helping to make this happen. Our friends from Belhaven Bikes are coming in again on Monday to safety check P6s bikes.
On Tuesday I had the great pleasure of watching our P4s at their swimming lesson – so wonderful to see skills and confidence growing with each and every one of them.
Mrs Gibson has been to a conference looking at the use of technology to help our learners and we are experimenting with a trial of a new writing support app over the next week or so. Miss McKay and I attended a briefing on the ELC policy for assessing and supporting children with additional needs.
Our nursery staff received another very positive visit from our ELC support officer. We are looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Purves on Tuesday morning.
Next week Miss Stewart will be taking full responsibility every day in P2 – we thank Mrs Gibson for teaching P2 on a Wednesday.