In Phase 1 the children have been learning about changing colours.The children had a brilliant time investigating how to change the colour of white flowers and making rainbow tissues by mixing colours together. To end the week off they wore their tie dye t-shirts that they made by mixing lots of different colours together!
In Phase 2 and 3 the children have been focusing on either changing state or changing environment. The children have thoroughly enjoyed planning and taking part in their own experiments using their enquiry skills. Throughout the week the children have been learning and using a range of scientific vocabulary.
On Wednesday Phase 2 and 3 attended a workshop run by Mr Lovatt, one of the Secondary Science teachers. The children had a great time learning about how solids melt into liquids and then how liquids turn into gases, using footballs to demonstrate the movement of the particles between each stage. To end the workshop the children watched an explosion caused by a chemical reaction with liquid nitrogen, causing it to expand, leading to hundreds of ping pong balls flying out when the bottle exploded.
Throughout the week the children have been visited by Secondary students who have demonstrated and shared some brilliant experiments. The Secondary students explained the experiments very clearly and the Primary children were fascinated with what they were learning!
Each class had a partner class that they visited once during the week. The children from each class planned a scientific lesson/activity to teach and do with their partner class. Year 4 took F3 into the garden to look at the compost and to plant their own seeds. In Year 3 the children showed F2 an experiment with dry ice and then they took part in an experiment with ice, salt and food colouring. It was lovely to see all the children working together, teaching and learning from each other!
To end the week the children had a Science Share Fair, where they showed their parents and other teachers the experiments that they planned and carried out during the week. In some classes the children were testing the parents by presenting them with an investigation and asking them to predict what would happen! It was lovely to see the children sharing their learning with the parents and involving them in the experiments.
Thank you to all the parents who came along and showed their support. We hope you learnt something new! In Term 3 I will hold a parent workshop on how you can support your child’s Science learning at home through fun experiments. Further details will be sent out closer to the date.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of enquiry and all things Science related!
Miss Watts, Year 3 Teacher and Primary Science Leader