Science

Welcome to our page of Science

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Introducing our new Science Ambassadors!

Our new science ambassadors will assist Mrs Miller in promoting Science around the school. Their first job is to devise some playground science experiments. Watch this space!

Science Club Group 2 Week 4

The last Science club for Year 3 and 4 took place tonight. The children had fun experimenting with and making lava lamps. They were amazed at how the oil and water did not mix to make a solution and also the results when Vitamin C tablets were added.

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Science Club Group 2 Week 3

The third week of Science club tested the pupil's knowledge of solids and liquids. They made a non-newtonian liquid, letting the material become solid if they put energy on it, and liquid when they stopped playing with it. We watched someone walking on custard and testing this on a grander scale.

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Science Club Group 2 Week 2

Science club is now in full swing. The children experimented with mixing colours today, using skittles and observing closely what happened when they mixed them with cold and hot water. We had some beautiful results.

After this, they coloured in kitchen roll, scrunched it up around a stick and again put it on a plate observing what happened when water is added. We found that the kitchen roll looked like worms or snakes, expanding and wriggling at times!


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Science Club Group 2 Week 1

A new science club started today. They were set the challenge of building the highest structure they can with 15 strands of spaghetti and 4 marshmallows. The children found it quite frustrating as the spaghetti kept breaking and the marshmallows became like glue when handled too much! We discussed all these issues.


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Science Club Week 4

Year 3 and 4 enjoyed their last Science club adventure tonight. This week, they tested the way toy cars move on different surfaces. They tested the carpets in the library, floors around the school, grass, mud, Parley pavilion, wood, big and little adventure and the playground. There followed a discussion regarding smooth and bumpy surfaces and how friction determines the way things move.

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Science Club Week 3

Science club enjoyed the warm afternoon yesterday by exploring the nature area. Some decided to build a natural shelter for a teddy bear whilst others went bug hunting. Some decided to climb whilst others tested bridge structures. All in all, we were very busy outside!

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Science Club Week 2 Investigations

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Science Club is great fun!

The first Science club for years 3 and 4 took place today. The children were all very enthusiastic and learnt about non-newtonian fluids. We mixed together cornflour and water, watching how it changes from a solid to a liquid often. The children described this material as drippy and rock!


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Half a term of fabulous Science!

Science is continuing to thrive. This half- term, children have experienced pond dipping, blindfold trails, investigating habitats, making wind chimes, making habitats including wormeries and general exploring of materials in the school grounds. Our working walls and displays are interactive demonstrating all the key words for the topic.


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June Science Challenge

SPORTS DAY FUN

TRY THIS .... Speedy reactions

Hold the top of a ruler with your fingers on 30cm and your arm stretched out in front of you so the ruler is hanging down. Ask a friend/family member to put their thumb and index finger around the bottom of the ruler but not touching it. They should watch carefully, and when you drop the ruler, they need to catch it as quickly as they can. Record the measurement on the ruler where they caught it. The lower the measurement, the faster their reaction time. Now swap over or find other people to have a go. Let each person have three turns and record the average value.

WHAT DO YOU NOTICE?

Things to talk about ...

Who has the quickest reactions in your family and friends? Is there a difference in younger and older people’s reaction times? Do you get quicker at catching the ruler the more you try? How else could you test your reactions?

Once again, email photos/answers to year6@st-helens.southend.sch.uk or send to Mrs Miller in year 6. Can’t wait to see your scores.

Science Update

Science is strong at St. Helen's. Each year group has covered a variety of interesting topics this half term, mainly living things and their habitats. Good use has been made of all the outdoor areas our school offers to bring this learning to life. Enjoy looking at the photos from various classrooms.

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Science Week

The children had a busy time during Science week. They each designed a poster about the topic - Growth. The winners are shown here and we hope they enjoy their prizes.

Last Friday, the classes moved around the school to view the work completed by other classes and deepen their learning of this topic. All the children loved the walk about and admiring work from their peers.

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Spring One

Look how hard the classes have been learning scientific vocabulary this half term.

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Well done to a pupil in 2 Seahorses for trying the January Science challenge

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Float or sink?

Two clever pupils both investigated what items float and sink, also whether the shape of the item makes a difference! Why not have a try yourself and sent your results to Mrs Miller or year6@st-helens.southend.sch.uk

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Abigail also enjoyed the science challenge. She was surprised that the ball of tin foil floated and the flat piece sunk; also that different parts of the orange were able to float. Very interesting!

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How our working wall works

Look how much work each class has been completing this term for Science. Every class has a working wall where vocabulary is displayed and their meanings explained. Also children's work and photos of activities are shown. The class can refer to this wall throughout their topic providing extra support and help where needed.

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November Science Challenge Results!

Thank you to all the children that took part in November's Science Challenge - very well done for taking up the challenge.

The winner produced a brilliant blog/short podcast explaining what happens to the light as it hits water.

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