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January Science Challenge

Fill a large bowl/container/kitchen sink with water. One at a time, put the different things you have chosen to test into the water and watch to see which of them floats and which of them sinks.

Put an orange in the water. Does it float or sink? What happens when you peel the orange and put it back into the water? Does the orange float or sink? What about the peel?

WHAT DO YOU NOTICE? Things to talk about ...

What are your ideas about why some things float and others sink? Can you predict which things will float or sink? Why does an orange float with its skin on, but sink with its skin peeled off? Do other fruit or vegetables float or sink? What happens if you take off the skin?

You will need

❋ Large bowl or container ❋ Water ❋ Selection of things to test, e.g. small toy, pencil, coin, cork, elastic band, candle, empty plastic bottle .... ❋ A small orange ❋ Paper, lollipop sticks, card, foil, sponge, playdough or plasticine ❋ Lego pieces, coins or other small items


Fill a large container with water. Make boats or rafts out of different materials, e.g. lollipop sticks, playdough, paper, sponge or aluminium foil. Float the boats in the water. Choose coins or pieces of lego and add these one at a time to each boat until the boat sinks. Count how many coins or lego pieces it took to sink each boat.

WHAT DO YOU NOTICE? Things to talk about ...

Which material was best for making a boat? Why do you think this is? Which type of boat held the greatest number of coins/lego before it sank? Why does a ball of playdough or piece of foil sink, but will float when you make it into a boat? Why do big, heavy ships float?

Happy experimenting and once again send answers or photos to or give them to Mrs Miller.

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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