This week in our science lessons we have been experimenting and investigating. Today we planned and carried out an experiment to find out what makes ice melt more quickly. We shared our ideas and in groups put ice cubes in 3 different places in the classroom.
We then observed them every 10 minutes to see how they had changed.
Today in our Science lesson we carried out an experiment which we planned yesterday. Yesterday we received a letter from Professor Pole who had received our letters and was very impressed. Here is the letter he sent us:
So in Science we planned and carried out an experiment to find the best material. We talked about what an umbrella needed to be and decided on these three things: flexible, waterproof and hard-wearing. We discussed materials that would be unsuitable and why:
Jessica – Glass would be no good. It is waterproof but you wouldn’t be able to put it up and down and it might shatter. Amaya – Wood isn’t waterproof – it would rot. Seth – Plastic might be good because it is waterproof. My raincoat is made of plastic. Charlie – I think fabric might work because that’s what my umbrella is made from. Frankie – Metal wouldn’t bend and also it goes rusty.
These were all good predictions! We did the experiment together. Have a look at our photographs for the results.
We started our new year with a very exciting discovery because outside our classroom this morning there was a tent! We had no idea why or what it was doing there so we decided the only way to find out was to explore it for ourselves. We went outside and inside the tent Havana found a letter, Jessica found a backpack and a Millie found a bag.
Everyone was very excited to read the letter. It said:
We were then super-excited to try and find out who PP was and what film he was talking about. It was very chilly outside (Esmay told us it was minus two degrees!) so we took our findings inside to explore them further. We looked through the bag together and the more things we found the more we were convinced PP was definitely an explorer of some sort. He had some warm gloves, a hat, a woolly scarf, a compass, a clock, a torch, some snacks and lots of other things that suggested he explored in cold places. We then found a memory stick which had the film he spoke about in his letter. We watched it and discovered that PP was actually Professor Pole who is a nature explorer. He said it was minus 28 degrees in the North Pole today – BRR!
He told us he explores all over the North Pole and is particularly interested in polar bears. He asked for our help with 3 things which we are interested to find out more about:
1: What animals live in the North Pole?
2. What are the landscape and climate like?
3. How do people survive in the North Pole?
He has left his things with us while he explores further and left us a lovely bag of fiction and non-fiction books too. We have put them in our role-play area so we can practice being explorers too! We will keep you informed about how we get on with our research.
What a wonderful trip! We went to City Kitchen today to learn about food and cook our own meals. When we arrived, we learnt some facts about how much sugar was in different cereals. Some of us were shocked to find out some breakfast cereals have more sugar in than a child should eat in their whole day!
After using all that brain power to learn we decided we better feed our brains so we started making our lunch. Chrissy showed us how to make a dough from flour and water. We chose our own toppings and added plenty of cheese before putting them in the oven to bake.
Sooner we could smell something delicious so we got ready to eat our pizzas. We all went and sat on a big table together and had some wedges and salad with our pizza. Everyone thought they were scrumptious! Charlie said it was ‘the best pizza in the world!’
We then went back into the kitchen and learnt some facts about how much sugar is in different sorts of drinks. We learnt that even drinks you think are going to be healthy, like flavoured water and fruit juice, have up to 8 teaspoons of sugar in!
Next we made our own puddings. We had a whisking competition (which Jessica won) and had some frozen mango yoghurt, banana, berries, grapes, our whisked cream and some strawberry or chocolate sauce. It was called a Wednesday! Yum yum.
In today’s Science lesson we started exploring materials. We had a collection of kitchen equipment to explore. We sorted the equipment into groups according to the material they were made from. We found some objects (such as rolling pins, spoons and forks) were made from different materials. Tomorrow we will explore the properties of materials further to discover why this is.
We bought our bikes into school today as we have been learning all bout exercise and being healthy. We had great fun but also thought about which muscles in our body we were working and how. We decided exercise makes our hearts work faster, makes us hot, makes us out of breath and makes our muscles ache. It must be good for us! We think cycling is great exercise as you can see from our photos.
When we came inside we had a look at some children’s helmets. We talked about how helmets help to keep our heads safe and how important they are. Miss Williams showed us what might happen to our heads if we don’t wear a helmet by holding Mr Egg up high and dropping him. He didn’t end up looking very healthy – in fact he looked egg-stremely sorry for himself!
We decided to make him an egg-helmet to protect him. We designed them based on the materials we had available. Tomorrow we are going to do our egg-speriments to see if our helmets work or not.
We are learning about the food groups as part of our Being Healthy topic. We began our afternoon by learning some more facts and then started to think about what makes a healthy meal. We looked at the school dinner menus and picked foods to make a healthy meal. We then made this meal from collage material. We had to think carefully about how much of each food to use to make it a balanced meal!