What a week it has been participating in British Science Week. This week we have had a science focus each day to help us celebrate this wonderful week.
On Monday we focused on theme of the week ‘Our Diverse Planet’. We thought about what makes our planet diverse, it can be as simple as colour in nature or something more complex like habitats. Ask your children what they think makes our planet diverse.
On Tuesday we welcomed chemists Ruth, Lucy and Amanda from the University of Birmingham. They explored chemistry with us through looking at self-cleaning materials. The children explored how effectively water on paper, kitchen foil and plastic removed dirt, before repeating their experiment with a lotus leaf. We were all amazed with how the lotus leaf reacted with the water. Ask your child to explain what made us all gasp with awe and wonder.
On Wednesday we had a whole school physics day. Class 3 worked in every class across the school exploring a range of physics based activities. The children looked at friction, gravity, water resistance, static electricity and other forces through the activities. The children absolutely loved working in other classrooms and seeing science brought to life through a range of exciting investigations.
Thank you to the parents who popped in on the evening so the children could their learning from the day with them. We loved seeing you get just as excited as the children.
On Thursday, the children found out about hormones in their bodies and discussed their body clocks. We found out about how cortisol, melatonin, ghrelin and leptin affect us and created individual body clocks. In Maths, we completed very challenging problems involving length, which required us to use the bar model to represent the problem. We have been enjoying reading the book 'Niteracy Hour' in English and the children used their senses to think about what a head louse in the Ancient Egyptian times would have seen, smelt, heard and been able to feel. There were lots of gruesome repsonses!
Today, the children presented what they have discovered about Science this week back to the class and completed a reflection. The children described this week as exciting and entertaining, which we would definitely agree with!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mrs Horton and Mrs Stevens