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Science week review
What a week of scientific exploration it has been!
In Reception, children explored life cycles so their focus was biology. They also wondered how teddy might get his wish to walk on water.
Year 1 explored biology by planting beans and sunflowers and thinking about how animals keep warm in cold weather. In chemistry, they placed marshmallows in a range of liquids and observed changes and also wondered how they might free zoo animals from ice!
Year 2 asked 'How can we make the best bridge?' so the focus was physics.
Year 3 also had a physics focus by answering 'What makes the best paper plane?'
Year 4 enjoyed a visit from science experts from Shavington High School and enjoyed afternoons of chemistry; making lotions and potions which would make Harry Potter proud.
Year 5 asked 'Which is the best biscuit for dunking?'...a firm favourite with the staff! Their investigation included lots of maths but also chemistry.
Year 6 enjoyed an afternoon of boat planning, designing making and testing and used lots of scientific language related to forces (physics).
In addition, all classes explored science with observation tasks which led to further questions and investigating: Can we make a change reverse with spider balls? What happens when we mix chemicals? (volcano investigations; corn flour and water and instant ice cream; lava lamps with oil, water, food colouring and salt and we made new materials by mixing bicarbonate of soda and vinegar). We also saw what happens when we change air pressure (egg in a jar) and water pressure (a weight in a bottle of water). We even managed to learn how to make glass!
The week was topped off by the incredible solar eclipse which all children observed, either watching an online stream from Stargazing Live or with pin hole projectors on the playground.
There have been so many examples of children working scientifically and using the language of science. Fantastic.
More of our work will soon be displayed in a National Science Week book in the Science area and photos will also be on display. All in all, our week of scientific wows, awe and wonder was a brilliant success. Our aim was to help our children to develop their curiosity and explore the world around them. I hope we've achieved this! There really were too many magic moments to share with you all here...but I think the week was summed up very well by a Year 4 child who told me 'Science is epic! It is all around us in everything we see and do!' I couldn't have put it better myself.
Brilliant work Wybunbury! Keep exploring the world around you in all its majesty.