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Year 2’s Science Experiment!

Year 2 have already had lots of fun finding out about materials this half term. Today we started to make our own crystals and watched how the salt dissolved in the warm water when it was stirred. We used salt, warm water, string, lollypop sticks and lots of spoons for stirring but we have to leave our mixtures over the weekend so hopefully when we come in next week we will see that beautiful colourful crystals have formed!

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Investigating Life Cycles

This morning in science we were learning about the life cycles of different animals: mammals, amphibians, birds, insects and reptiles. Seriously good discussion, questions and use of prior knowledge from all children. Thrilled with the vocabulary the children were using, ‘evolution’, ‘genes’, ‘egg’, and ‘develop’ to name a few, and the quality of their explanations.

We popped up to the science garden to have a look in our solitary bee hive, where we have a few bee larvae developing. It was great to look through the viewing window and see how the bee has made her individual chambers for each egg. While we were up by the pond, it would have been rude not to check out our developing frogs during this lesson, so we spent some time watching our little friends!

We also remembered it had been exactly a week since we filled up the pond. We needed to do this as so much water had evaporated, leaving the concentration of potentially harmful chemicals higher than normal. The weather has continued to be warm, so we took a ruler with us and measured how much water had evaporated in just 7 days – a whopping 3.5cm!

Back in class, the children drew examples of the life cycles of a range of animals, with great accuracy! So proud of these boys and girls, they are incredible scientists.

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Pond Dipping in Year 1

We are so lucky to have our own pond on our school grounds as part of our science garden! Year 1 have been learning about habitats in science this term, and today we wanted to see what creatures might be living in our pond. We used an identification sheet and magnifying glasses to help us to tick off creatures that we found, including pond snails, tadpoles and even frogs! Year 1 were very careful to return all the animals to their habitat safely after we had taken a look. Great work, Year 1! We love science!

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Year 1 blast off into space!!!

Year 1 had an amazing time when we visited the ‘Rocket Room.’ We blasted off to explore space and all the planets in our solar system to find out whether aliens really exist!! Patrick from the planetarium the told us all about the different planets, we learnt some interesting fact!! Can anyone remember any facts about the planets?

What a great morning, we even had time to look for aliens in the aquarium!

 

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Year 2’s fantastic trip to Martin Mere!

Year 2 had an amazing day at Martin Mere. We saw lots of different types of birds and searched for wildlife in the woods and ponds. We found out all about habitats and food chains and even got to play on a wonderful play area! The weather was beautiful and Year 2 were fantastically behaved as always! All the adults were so impressed with your scientific knowledge Year 2 – so proud of every single one of you – you are all truly amazing! Take a look at our photos from the day…

 

 

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Finding out about leaves…

We went on a leaf hunt this week in Year 2 and collected as many different types of leaves as we could find on the school grounds. Once we brought the leaves back to class, we used our iPads to research the tree or plant each leaf belonged to and wrote the information on our whiteboards. We found the most amazing leaves leaves, in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Science is so much fun!

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Year 4- Science Lesson: Exploring flowering and non-flowering plants!

This term we have been looking at the unit Environment, Ecology and Evolution. The children are learning about living things and exploring how plants reproduce. Today, we enjoyed a practical lesson in Year 4 where we made playdough bees and ‘pollinated’ apple blossom flowers. The children were extremely enthused throughout the lesson, and we are going to video the process in next week’s lesson. Watch this space! Miss O’ Sullivan.

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Data harvesting In the garden!

We loved our data maths challenge – collecting data on the flowers in our school grounds.we check 4 of our gardens for species and numbers and used the imfor,action to produce pictographs for Mr Larkin!

 

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Bear habitats

We have been learning about hibernation and why some animals need to hibernate to survive. The children were challenged to make a cave for a brown bear that would be as quiet and dark as possible, so as not to disturb the bear’s sleep.

They experimented with different sound insulation and gels to block light from the entrance. They then used data loggers to record how much environmental sound and light pollution got into the caves. Great stuff! 

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Classification Keys

Year 3 are learning about, environment, ecology and evolution in Science this term. As part of our studies, we have been classifying living things by their characteristics. Year 3 made keys to classify a range of invertebrates, they were fabulous!

 

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