Category Archives: Science

Material shapes

In Science today we learnt about how to change the shape of objects made from different materials. We started our lesson by collecting three things we thought we could change the shape of and three things we couldn’t. We had a discussion about the properties of these materials. We then investigated which materials we could change by stretching, bending, squashing and twisting. We had great fun finding out!

Properties of materials

In our Science lesson today we learnt more about the properties of materials. We explored some different materials for ourselves to find out what properties they had. We focused on naming different materials but also describing them using scientific vocabulary. We focused on transparent, opaque, waterproof and flexible.

Experimenting and investigating

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.

Look at our photos to see what we found out!

Finding the best material

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.

Exciting discovery!

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.

Welcome back and Happy New Year.

City Kitchen trip – Group 1

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.

Exploring materials

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.