Thursday, 16 March 2017

Foundation science - slime

Today in foundation stage we have been trying to make slime.  We used a mixture of pva glue, borax and warm water.  After the food colouring not working in our experiment on Monday, we decided to try powder paint.  We were happy with the results.

Wednesday Science - geology in the churchyard

Years 3/4 were treated to another visit from Martyn Thorne. We all went to the church and the children were able to find 3 different types of sedimentary rocks on the church building. Katie found quartz crystals in amongst the flint and others found calcite crystals on the far side of the porch. Next time you're up at church , have a look!

Martyn challenged the children to find fossils which would look like the cross section of a broken shell (a nice curve). They found lots and lots. Martyn showed us how you can tell if a stone is limestone by pouring a weak acid on it which will make it bubble, giving off carbon dioxide gas. 

Battling against the noise of a very long bell ringing peal, the children's final challenge was to find crystals, searching for straight lines in amongst the grave stones.I'm sure you will be very pleased to hear that the children were very respectful and well behaved in the graveyard.

I would like to give a massive thank you to Martyn for giving up 2 afternoons to share his wonderful geological knowledge with us.

PS The crystals are growing!  Hurrah! I will try to blog a photo of them if I can take a focussed picture.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wednesday Science - exploring the Arctic

Wednesday Science in Foundation

Here are some more photos for the blog of our science activities today.

The first pictures are of milk painting.  The children added drops of food colouring to a tray of milk and then put paper on the top.  This created a marble painting effect.

The other photos are of Mrs Jackman adding mints to a bottle of coke. This is to create a volcano effect.  Unfortunately it did not fizz as well as hoped.  The children have suggested adding more mints so we will be retesting next week.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Science Oxford in Foundation

The children have been exploring all sorts of aspects of science thanks to some excellent resources from Science Oxford.

Science in Foundation

The children are making bouncy balls using a mixture of pva glue, a borax substitute, warm water and food colouring.  The colouring didn't work and they are still a little wet, but we did get a little bounce out of them. 

Tuesday morning Science in 5/6

Today in science week we investigated crimes by testing 4 white powders that were found near the crime scene; for each powder there was a suspect who used that powder. We tested how they reacted to different substances and if they dissolved in water or not. Then we were given the powder found at the  crime scene and we had to test like we did for the other 4 white powders (that were found near the  crime scene) to see which powder was found there and that would tell us who committed the crime.
The four white powders were talcum powder, salt, corn four and bicarbonate of soda.