HANSEL AND GRETEL
Hansel and Gretel have managed to escape from the wicked witch – but the problem is that the trail of breadcrumbs that the children left to guide them home have been eaten up by birds! Fortunately our science club engineers put their heads together and came up with an algorithm to guide them out of the forest. Then they had to design a contraption to drop the information deep into the forest where Hansel and Gretel were waiting patiently.
The Science club engineers are a creative bunch and they came up with lots of ideas that they built and tested. These included zip wires, parachutes and hot – air balloons.
Science club engineers to the rescue!
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
This week the children had to solve a major problem for the three bears. An uninvited visitor (you will know her as Goldilocks), had broken baby bear’s chair. So the bears decided that there was safety in numbers and wanted a chair they could all sit on.
First the children brainstormed features they thought the chair should have. They came up with words like: strong, long, steady, comfortable. They then came up with imaginative designs that they built and tested.
The children also discovered that being an engineer means that you have to persevere and be prepared to make changes.
The three bears were very pleased with the end results!
Billy Goats Gruff
The children had to design a bridge that was strong enough to support the Billy Goats Gruff weight for 30 seconds.
They had a selection of materials including building blocks, straws, plastic cups and lolly-pop sticks. As well as supporting the weight of the goats, the bridges had to stretch over a 40cm wide river
The children designed and built their bridges, testing and adapting their designs as they went along.
The final results were very impressive.
Well done science club engineers!
Santa Claus needed some Christmas trees in a hurry, so he has raided the kitchen cupboard and found some spaghetti, marshmallows and midget gems. The children in KS2 were given these materials and in teams had to produce the tallest tree they could that would support a marshmallow star. The winning team manged 50cm!
The children in EYFS and KS1 had a fantastic day at Skipton Castle. Our tour guide Peter, showed us all around the castle and impressed us with his magic tricks. Some of the children's favourite rooms were the old kitchen, toilet, bedroom and the dark and scary dungeon! The children were all extremely well behaved and were able to both ask, and answer lots of questions about castles and the people who lived there.
A fantastic day was had by all the children at Brennand's as they learnt about the culture and lifestyle associated with the Hindu religion. They had opportunies to try different food, learn a dance, immerse themselves in creating amazing pieces of art and have a mendi design painted on their hand. The children also discussed similarities and differences between their culture and the one they had just experienced.
The children in KS2 enjoyed a visit from Professor Tuesday from Lancashire Museum Service.
They considered historical sources in order to find out about the causes and cures known at the time before discussing in groups what it would have been like to live through this period.
The children particulary enjoyed posing in a Plague Doctor's mask and having a cuddle with a black rat (not real!), which we now know, along with its fleas, actually caused the Plague.
KS2 SCIENCE CLUB
Our focus this time is engineering. We have set ourselves a project to build a marble run out of a cardbox box, cardboard struts and sticky tape. But that's the easy part - we want our marble run to last 60 seconds!
We are setting ourselves other challenges as well. Did you know that you can make balloon kebabs? We found out that if you pierce a balloon in the place where the rubber is under less tension, you can make a small hole and the air doesn't escape with a loud pop?
To finish off our science club we invited parents in to a science fair so that they could see and have a go at our engineering challenges.
Wow! Floating ping pong balls…….
The upward steam of air produced by the hair dryer is at a lower pressure than the surrounding air. When the upward force of the air is the same as the weight of the ball, the forces are balanced and the ping-pong balls look like they are floating.
Lancashire Science Festival
Children explored states of matter with the team from UCLAN/Lancashire Science Festival. Togther they used dance to show how matter can change from solid to a liquid and then to a gas.
Members of the newly formed Code club were joined for their first session by Code Club volunteer John Duxbury.
ROMAN DAY KS2
Dressed as ancient Romans, the children in KS2 enjoyed a day learning about Roman numbers, playing Roman games, sampling food and making amazing mosaics.
Children from Years 5 and 6 attended the cricket tournament held at Chatburn School. First we competed against Grindleton, losing narrowly by 7 runs. We then faced a strong Bolton by Bowland side who batted well to a victory. Everyone worked hard and enjoyed the afternoon.
KS1 Science Club
This week we made a fabulous lava lamp out of the following ingredients:
We all watched in fascination as bubbles of coloured water rose up through the oil. But what was happening? Well it was all down to a CHEMICAL REACTION and the fact that oil is less dense than water so floats on top of it. The fizzy tablet reacts with the water and creates bubbles of carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide wants to escape so it travels upwards, taking the bubbles of water through the oil and creating a cool effect!
As soon as the tablet was used up the bubbles stopped, but not to worry – pop another tablet in and it all starts again!
KS1 Science club
How would you describe a solid? You might say that it feels hard, that you can pick it up easily, that it holds it shape.
What about a liquid? You might say it’s difficult to hold, it’s runny, it can change its shape.
We normally know what to expect when we have a solid or a liquid. Sometimes though not all solids and liquids behave in the way you expect them to.
For example – take some cornflour and add some water. You will notice something rather strange. Pick the mixture up and roll it into a ball – it’s a solid. As soon as you stop rolling it drips through your fingers like a liquid.
What you have got is a Non- Newtonian fluid. It is actually a liquid but when you put pressure on it the small particles bunch up together just like a solid.
It’s very messy – but a lot of fun!
KS1 science club
This week in science club we investigated various sticky substances to compare just how sticky they are.
We compared honey and golden syrup, glue sticks and a home-made glue made from flour and water.
Our unit of measurement was how many marbles the sticky substances can hold up. These are our results and they might surprise you:
Honey and golden syrup – between 10 and 11 marbles.
Glue stick – between 45 – 50 marbles.
Homemade glue 50+ marbles! ( We actually ran out of space in our measuring cup – it was full to the top with marbles.)
So if you ever need to stick something and you can’t find the glue, head to the kitchen and mix together some flour and water. It is scientifically proven to be very sticky stuff!
British Science Week and Star party
On Thursday 15th March children, parents, friends and staff were joined by members of Preston and District Astronomers Society (PADAS). After a very informative talk, everybody got a chance to examine telescopes and meteorites brought by members.
Refreshments came in the form of hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows prepared over the firepit in our new Forest School area.
It was just a pity that the clouds also decided to join us - making it tricky to spot stars in the sky. Fortunately many children had made planetarium umbrellas so at least they knew what they could have been looking at.
The star party concluded a very busy British Science Week which saw the children testing for Martian soil, making rockets and creating fabulous posters about space exploration.
Mission X – Train like an Astronaut
At the end of the term we invited preschool, infants, staff parents and carers to find out about what we had been studying and have a go at activities we had had designed.
Before the big day we agreed a menu for our Great British Space wrap that demonstrated our understanding of nutrition for all and the particular needs of astronauts. As well as this, we also pooled ideas and created an activity circuit based on the Mission X activities.
We allocated roles so we were on hand to explain to visitors what they needed to do and why as well as give out information about nutrition and hydration.
On the day we were joined by an eager gang of adults and children and our visitors
included our space ambassador, Allan Clement, who joined in enthusiastically.