British Science Week
What a fantastic week it has been!
Thank you to all of those parents who were able to attend the after school Science on Wednesday. We had so much fun exploring the different investigations and hope that it will inspire Science learning at home.
A huge thank you to Emily (Oliver’s mum) and Claire who came into school to share the hover board with the children. This was a definite ‘wow’ moment in the week and made our science investigation in the morning, in which we made mini hovercrafts, really come to life!
We have been learning about Brian Cox and discussing the skills scientists may have which help them carry out their work. For example, perseverance and resilience.
On Monday, three scientists from Birmingham University came to carry out an investigation called ‘Seaweed slime’ with the Reception children. We talked about what a polymer is and the children used calcium and alginate to create ‘slime snakes’. The discussion between the children and the questioning was amazing!
We have also carried out some superhero science investigations in which the children rescued the superheroes from slime (corn flour), made superheroes fly (using balloons) and saved superheroes from sinking (using materials that float). We explored the properties of different materials and encouraged the children to make observations and ask questions about their investigations.
Phonics- We have been learning the alternative grapheme for ai (snail)- ay (play, stay), ow (brown, cow)- ou (cloud, proud), igh (light)- ie (pie). The children have also been taught the tricky words do, out, what, some.
Maths- The children explored the bar model and used this as a tool for helping them solve calculations. We have also introduced the children to the Numberblock 10 and have been representing 10 in different ways.
Protective Behaviours- We have also been talking about feelings this week. We have told the children there is no such thing as bad feelings and good feelings. Feelings are just feelings. It is OK to feel sad, happy or angry. We have also been identifying our very private parts using the vocabulary penis, testicles and vagina. We also discussed how the mouth is a very private part. We talked about our body belonging to us so it is up to us who touches it. We discussed times where an adult might ask to look or touch our very private parts such as visiting the doctors or if we have a toilet accident. We explained that everyone has the right to feel safe all the time, including adults! The children practised saying 'no stop!' in a loud voice if somebody is doing something they do not like.
Have a super weekend Reception!