At Gipsey Bridge Academy, we teach Science to develop both children’s substantive and declarative knowledge, and make meaningful links to other projects. These links allow for children to embed their knowledge in new and often real-life contexts.
The Ogden Trust is a charity that has been created in order to support physics education and engagement for all young people.
Our school works hard, along with several schools across Boston, to create exciting opportunities for the children within our school.
On June 29th, we were lucky enough to have a visit to Boston Grammar School where, together with our Ogden Trust schools, we participated in a Physics Olympics!
We had three exciting physics challenges to complete, supported by students from Boston Grammar. Open the documents below to find out what the challenges were:
Look how much fun we had on this amazing opportunity!
Class 2 have been learning all about joints.We then had great fun investigating and making observations. We watched carefully how we use our hand, wrist and arm to drink from our water bottles. Then we covered our wrist and elbow joints with a cardboard tube so that we could bend. Even though we tried and tried, we were unable to drink from our water bottles. We concluded that our arm would not be much use if it didn't have joints to allow it to bend!
Class 2 have been learning the scientific names for the major bones within the human skeleton. The children were really resourceful and used their knowledge organisers to find the terms and label their skeletons.
Class 3 have been exploring gravity and did a few experiments to see how the shape and mass of an object affect how they drop to the drop to the ground. The children then looked at mass and weight and used Newton metres to measure objects in and around the classroom.
Class 3 have been investigating air resistance and they did an experiment making parachutes to see which created the most air resistance. The children made a control parachute using a 30 x 30cm tissue paper canopy. They then had to make 3 more parachutes where they could change one variable - either the length of the string, the size of the canopy or the material of the canopy.
Class 1 have been sorting objects into Venn diagrams based on their properties.
Class 2 have been looking specifically at Human Nutrition. The children worked in groups to sort a variety of food into different food groups. Some foods were a cause for scientific debate as we thought they belonged to more than one food group.
Class 1 had great fun opening our envelopes to release pictures of adult and baby minibeasts! The children's aim was to match the adult with the baby. The ladybird was the one that tricked some of us. In pairs, the children then chose a minibeast to research the life cycle and drew some fantastic life cycle diagrams.
Our question to investigate today in Class 2 was 'Are some magnets stronger than others?'. We used five different magnets and drew upon our fair test knowledge from last week. Changing only one thing at a time and keeping all other variables the same, we found out which of our classroom magnets was the strongest and which one was the weakest, by measuring how close they had to be to the paper clip before it was attracted to the magnet.
Class 2 chose their own investigations! The children were asked what we wanted to know about magnetism, before planning and carrying their own investigations. They found that magnetism really does work under water, food is not magnetic and magnets can still attract through non-magnetic items, even the table!
Class 2 have been investigating magnetism by going on a magnetic scavenger hunt! We used different magnets to find a range of magnetic items in our classroom, before discussing their properties and materials. We found that all magnetic items are metal but that not all metals are magnetic.
We’ve been creating fair tests in Class 2 today! We wanted to investigate the effect of different surfaces on friction.
Class 3 dissected some flowers to look at the different parts and compared them to a diagram.
Class 3 planted onions, carrots and courgettes, which they will monitor their progress over the coming weeks. They also looked at seasonality and created their own yearly timetable for an allotment to ensure that they had something to harvest every month.
Class 2 carried out an investigation into the effect different materials had on the friction between a slide and a book. We were surprised to find that the felt decreased the friction and the cling film increased the friction! Our other predictions were correct; we talked about the properties of the materials to explain why we thought the friction would be increased or decreased.
Class 1 had a great time completing a minibeast hunt in the sunshine. They showed wonderful relationships working together to look high and low to see what insects they could spot.
Class 2 started their new project by investigating forces. They learned that all forces are either a push or a pull, so they looked into what happens when we both push or both pull. The children found that when the forces were equal and opposite, we were balanced.
Later, they used the exercise equipment to investigate the forces that we had to apply to create motion. The children found that they had to push and pull in different directions. We talked about gravity and realised that the more force we applied, the faster the motion.
Class 3 have been talking about insulation and how astronauts are able to keep warm in the extreme temperatures of space. We talked about what materials might be good insulators. For our experiment we filled 2 beakers with hot water (68 degrees C) and wrapped one in tin foil and the other in bubble wrap. We would monitor them over the day to see which was the best insulator.
Class 3 used Newton meters to weigh various items and to see what force they have in Newton’s. We then tested some of the objects to see if weight affects how quickly they would drop to the ground. We put some objects against each other to see if heavier objects hit the ground first.
We were fascinated in Class 2 when finding out about the digestive systems of a cow, snake and a chicken. We compared them to that of a human, noting similarities and differences. We were shocked to find out that a cow has 3 stomachs!
What is spit for?
Class 2 carried out a science investigation to explore how enzymes in our saliva break down starch into sugar.
We chewed crackers for different amounts of time and after spitting the bolus out, we added iodine and water. Iodine turns dark blue/purple when starch is present. We found that the longer the cracker was chewed, the paler the cracker solution was so there was less starch. We concluded that the enzymes in the saliva had broken down the starch to sugar.
Class 2 spent some time looking at the different types of teeth humans have, thinking about their shapes, sizes and functions. We then created our own dental impressions and identified the different teeth in our own mouths. It was ideal that some of our class have lost some of their milk teeth recently as the gaps in their impressions made it obvious which teeth were which!
Eggs, eggs and more eggs!
Class 2 set up their investigation to see what effect different drinks had on their teeth. They used an egg because they knew that an egg shell protects the inside of an egg similarly to enamel protecting our teeth.
The children then made predictions about which drink will have the most effect on the egg and and which will have the least. The majority thought that coke would have the most effect as it contains a lot of sugar.
Class 3 were sent some 'Gold Dust' from Alchemy Island with the instructions to add spoonful's to cups of hot and cold water. The children then had to monitor whether the dust would dissolve or reach a saturation point.
Class 3 have been exploring the metal, rocks and gems that might be found on Alchemy Island. They were given a selection of rock samples and were tasked with testing them for hardness, transparency and magnetism.
This week in science, Class 1 have been investigating their senses. We have spent time investigating herbs and discussing our favourite senses.
In science this week, Class 1 have begun learning about what plants need to grow. The children had great fun working in groups to plant a variety of different vegetables.
To start off their project, Class 2 looked at different ways of classifying sea creatures, before learning about the different layers of the ocean and which creatures can be found at each level. They found out that the trenches level can be as deep as 11,000m!
Class 3 have been investigating how polar animals have blubber and thick skin to adapt to the extreme temperatures of the Arctic and Antarctic. The children had to submerge their hands in a bucket of ice cold water: first with a disposable glove, then 2 gloves, then 2 gloves with a layer of air trapped between them and finally with one glove covered in fat. The children then compared how it felt with the different layers.
In science, Class 1 have been learning all about how sound travels and investigating if the size of our ears makes a difference to the amount we can hear! The children had great fun testing out their giant ears!
Today in Reception we put our own twist on the crash mat experiment. We explored different materials, made predictions and then tested to see what we could use to make a safe landing for our characters who have just climbed a beanstalk.
Class 1 have been investigating how the amount of water in a glass container affects the pitch of the sound made when the container is tapped with a pencil.
Celebrating British Science Week: Bee hummers, bubbles, magnets and optical illusions! We had so much fun exploring a range of science concepts!
Is the sun good or bad? We looked at the positives and negatives of the sun. We then delved deeper into the how the sun can cause damage to our skin and to our eyes due to the ultraviolet light it emits.
We searched for our sunglasses and set up an investigation to prove that sunglasses can protect our eyes from the UV light.
Using UV beads, we compared the beads in different conditions. We placed some inside (where there is no UV light), some in the sunshine (high UV light) and some under sunglasses outside (UV light that is blocked by a lens). The beads become brighter in colour the more UV light they are exposed to.
Class 2 have been learning all about sources of light and light reflectors. We turned off all of the lights and closed the blinds so it was as dark as it possibly could be then explored different objects. We could see the light sources extremely well in the dark but the light reflectors we couldn't see until we used a light source to reflect off the material. We all got very excited when we got the glow sticks out and lit up the classroom!
We had great fun sorting different items into light sources and light reflectors then some of us got onto the challenge which was to design a dog jacket in order for it to keep safe when walking at night.
In Science, Class 2 explored how we need light to be able to see. We discussed different sources of light, both natural and man-made. We also thought about what would it be like if it was dark and we had a power cut. We discussed whether the fact that some councils are turning off street lights between 12am and 5:30am and whether we thought it was a good idea.
Class 1 have been learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores this week. The children began by investigating different ways they might group animals. After learning our new key vocabulary and spending some time learning what foods different animals eat, the children group animals according to their diet.
How do plugs work?
We had great fun being electricians this week!
We took wired plugs and unscrewed the plug case to reveal what was inside. We learned all about the function of the three wires and why every plug has a fuse. We reflected on previous lessons and discussed the material used for the plug case and flexible cable and related to whether they are conductors or insulators. We were all really pleased that the cable and plug had a plastic covering as we know that this is an insulator and protects us from the electric current.
What conducts electricity?
To begin this project, class two experimented with circuit components in groups to try and make complete circuits to make a bulb light up. We also included a motor and a switch.
We then thought of objects and materials that we would like to test in the circuit to see if they let electricity flow through them. We know that these materials are conductors and have low resistance and those that do not allow electricity to flow through are insulators and have high resistance.
We made a prediction for each material and then tested it out. We were very excited when we included the lockers as part of our circuit and the bulb lit up!
We have had a busy week this week in Science! We had great fun testing our hearing. We played music at a low decibel up to music at a high decibel. Each time we played a quiet or loud sound, we measured how many steps we could get away from the sound source until we could no longer hear it. We concluded that the louder the sound, the further away we were able to hear it.
Super understanding from class 1 to know that all animals needs water, food, air and shelter to survive.
In science we have been learning about food chains. We have investigated what foods butterflies like to eat and made some butterfly food to see how many butterflies came to visit. We have also spent time creating our own food chains.
This week, year 3 and 4 have been labelling different parts of the ear and matching their function.
We carried out lots of experiments this week to understand how sound is made. We recorded our observations using labelled diagrams and written explanations. We found it fascinating when the rice bounced on the cling film when we made a loud bang nearby and it was great that we understood how and why this happened.
In Science, class 2 looked at the volume of different sounds. Using sound meters, we listened to sounds we could hear around the school and recorded the volume in decibels. We also had great fun making loud sounds with the musical instruments!