We had so much fun during Maths Week 2020. On Monday and Tuesday, we played number board games. On Wednesday, we played Dominoes. On Thursday, we completed an outdoor maths trail and played Hopscotch. Finally, on Friday, we explored Numicon tiles in our sand trays during sensory play.
Check out the video of the amazing science experiments carried out at home by our pupils. Well done everyone!
5th Class were delighted to submit their Globe Project last week. Our class studied the air quality around our school. We researched information about different air pollutants and the impact that they have on our environment.
We were given special test tubes to measure the level of NO2 at different locations in our school: the school gate, the staff car park and the school garden. We were really surprised by our results and it is clear that the hard work of our Green School Committee and students is helping to improve the air quality around our school.
We hope that our results below will encourage everyone to be more mindful about air pollution. We are looking forward to learning more about air pollutants and continuing to keep our school as green as can be.
Today was a very big day for our Party Bag Busters. The One Good Idea National Final Virtual Event took place on YouTube! 🎉🎊🎉
This week Sixth Class had to put their engineering caps on and complete the EGG DROP CHALLENGE!!
The objective was to design a landing craft that would protect an egg from cracking or breaking from a high fall. Each student had to design, build and test their landing craft for homework. They made them using a variety of materials, such as, show boxes, pillows, plastic bags and popcorn. Many students also made parachutes and wings to help their landing craft.
We had great fun testing them and checking to see whether our eggs ‘survived’ the drop. In the end, we only broke three eggs!
Have a look at some of our EGG-CELLENT landing crafts!
During Engineers Week 2020 , first class were set the challenge of designing an escape route for Rapunzel. They used the engineering design process to firstly think about and then draw a plan of their ideas. After that they used some of the classroom equipment to build their ideas in groups. Take a look at some of our ideas and inventions!
We enjoyed making 2D shapes on pegboards. This fun activity helped us in developing our fine motor, problem-solving and mathematical skills.
We had a great day at the Science Exhibition. There were some fantastic projects on display showcasing the hard work done by all classes.
This year, as part of the GLOBE initiative, our class has been examining the weather in the school environment. We have been analysing clouds and measuring the amount of Particulate Matter (PM) in the air using our cloud charts and the Calitoo instrument. We have also been measuring the amount of rainfall using our rain gauge and examining the temperature and barometric pressure using a thermometer and a barometer. Every time we completed our analysis, we recorded the data onto the GLOBE website.
Some students in our class made a homemade thermometer and barometer to see if they could be used as an accurate way of reading the temperature and the barometric pressure. We compared our results to the actual readings on the thermometer and barometer in our instrument shelter.
This year, we were given special test tubes which measured the amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the school environment. Nitrogen dioxide is generated when nitrogen from the car engine mixes with oxygen in the air. We chose to place these test tubes in three locations around the school. These locations were; the school gate, the staff car park and the school garden. We made predictions about which location we felt would have the most and least amount of NO2.
School gate: 26. 85 (µg/m3)
Staff car park: 24.85 (µg/m3)
School garden: 20.92 (µg/m3)
Our predictions were correct!
|NO2 concentration (µg/m3)||Description|
|50 +||Extremely bad|
|45 – 50||Very bad|
|40 to 45||Bad|
|35 – 40||Substandard|
|30 – 35||Mediocre|
|25 – 30||Average|
|20 – 25||Pretty good|
|15 to 20||Good|
|10 to 15||Very good|
From there, we decided to complete a project on acid rain as our research told us that nitrogen oxides are present in acid rain. We completed 3 experiments.
Acid Attack: This involved us placing 5 bean seeds on damp cotton wool which were on two jam jar lids. Each day, a student from our class sprinkled both lids with water and poured lemon juice on just one of the lids (labelled acid rain). This was used to show how acid rain affects vegetation.
We also took a piece of cement and placed it in a jar of vinegar to show the affect of acid rain on buildings.
Acid Rain Indicator: This involved us making an acid indicator from red cabbage. We tested the rainwater in our school environment. We compared our results to a jam jar with baking soda and a jam jar with vinegar. This enabled us to identify whether the rain water was acidic.
The Water Cycle: We placed a food bag with some water out on the window sill in the sunshine which demonstrated how acid rain is made and falls.
Acid Attack: The beans on the lid labelled acid rain were more eroded than the beans which had no lemon juice on them.
Acid Rain Indicator: The acid jar turned a pink colour and the base jar turned a light purple. The rainwater in our environment was neutral as the colour of the indicator did not change.
The Water Cycle: This demonstrated how acid rain is made and falls to the ground through the water cycle.
We constructed a Geodesic Dome in class. First, we made 3D structures using toothpicks and Plasticine to see which structure would be the strongest to use. We found that triangular structures worked best. We made lots of triangles using rolled newspaper and taped them together. We had to make sure that each one was the same length. We attached an oxygen supply to our Dome. We found out lots of fun facts about life on the moon!