Category Archives: Science

Reflective Surfaces

In our Science lessons this week we have been learning about light. The children have learnt that dark is the absence of light. They have also learnt that the sun is the biggest source of light as well as other sources which include lamps, televisions and fire.

In Thursdays lesson the children were experimenting with different materials and they were trying to find the most reflectivel material. The children were given five different materials to experiment with, these included, tin foil, cellophane, paper, plastic and tracing paper. They were working together with their partner using a reflective tester made out of a piece of paper with a hole in it and a torch. They were then shining the torch through the hole to the material and seeing if the reflection bounced back onto the paper and a lot of the children identified successfully that the cellophane was the most reflective material.

Once the children completed this experiment they were able to move onto the second activity of the afternoon which was to design a reflective book bag. The children were able to identify and explain why the use of high visibility jackets and bags were important. Most of the children decided they would use cellophane to design their book bag with.

Here is Firas’ brilliant design, he opted for a colourful book bag and chose the most colourful and bright material so it could be reflected!

Daisy B opted for a pink and blue book bag, however she chose tin foil as her material for her book bag as that is what Daisy B found out through the experiment. She described the tin foil as being shiny like the high visibility jacket!

We have had a brilliant first week learning about Light and next week we will be looking at making shadows!

Magnetic field

This afternoon in Science, the Bluebirds in Year3 were using magnets. We were learning about the magnetic force around a magnet called a magnetic field. We were investigating different items, seeing if they were attracted to the magnet or not.

First, we made a prediction.

Then we tested each item with a large magnet!

We ticked our predictions if we had made a correct guess.

We also had a magnet each and were given the time to play and investigate a metal paper clip and iron filings at our tables.

Investigating friction of different surfaces

Yesterday afternoon during Science, the Bluebirds in Year 3 were doing a Science experiment. We were investigating the friction of different surfaces. We did this by raising a platform in 5cm gaps to see when a toy car would start rolling down the ramp. The surfaces we measured were, wood, carpet, bubble wrap, sandpaper and sponge. We all made a prediction before the experiment and recorded our measurements during the experiment. We were working in groups and showing the behaviour for learning of ‘team work.’

Forces

This afternoon, the Bluebirds in Year 3 started a new topic in Science, forces. We watched a video of lots of different clips showing pulling and pushing, we discussed which force was being shown in each short clip.

Our challenge was to think of different sports that involve a pull or a push force.

Soil collage

This afternoon, the Bluebirds in Year 3 were making collages of the layers in soil. We had the layers on the board to remind us about what they were and talked about how we could create the layers using coloured paper and tissue paper. The Bluebirds worked in pairs and could choose their own resources. Mrs Moore and Miss Knapman were looking for the ‘team work’ behaviour for learning for silver and gold cards this afternoon.

There was some fantastic team work! We saw children working together, talking to each other, listening to each other and planning their collage really well. Excellent work Bluebirds!

Movement of the Moon!

Bluebirds were very interested in learning all about the moon today. They discovered it does not give out moon light but reflects sunlight. They acted out how the moon moves using equipment besides watching film animations. They realised that the moon is present all the time and does not “come out” at night. Mrs Parry and Ryan had both noticed the moon one morning last week, before school!

Charlie – I’ve learnt there are new names for different parts of the moon such as new moon, half moon and the dark/far side!
Ryan – The Moon orbits the Earth.
Havanah – Other planets have got different moons.
Paige – When there is less of the moon it is called waning.
Ibrahim – The Moon spins anti-clockwise.
Dewha – When there is more of the moon it’s called waxing.

Day and Night

Bluebirds have been learning about how the earth moves to find out what causes day and night time. They remembered the Equator was the hottest part of Earth from their Year 2 lessons!

Amaya – The Earth orbits the sun.
Ryan – It takes 24 hours for Earth to make one full turn.
Ava – The side of the earth facing the sun has daytime. The opposite side is dark so it is their night time.

The children set up an experiment to investigate which country was in darkness (having night time), whilst another was experiencing day time. The children led the experiment by selecting countries they wanted to find out more about. Some chose countries they had visited on holiday whilst others selected countries they would like to visit!

Some children linked this with knowledge they have gained through our Guided Reading sessions. Everyone is currently reading non-fiction books covering light, night and day, the seasons and life in space. Well done Bluebirds!