Over the past three weeks year two have been thinking about the suitability of materials. We decided to test materials and then use our understanding to design, create and test pirate ships. Through experiment based learning we have developed our understanding of materials and how they are or not suitable for a purpose. Here are some photos of our scientific adventure.
The children had so much fun today being a science detective – finding out which materials would float or sink. Then based upon their understanding of absorbent and not absorbent, waterproof and not waterproof, strong and weak and heavy and light they designed their own boats. Finally, they all tested their boats in a paddling pool outside. Only one child fell in! The children had so much fun and were certainly engaged in their learning. Definitely the reason why I love my job as a KS1 teacher.
We love Science at St Andrews because we get to conduct loads of cool experiments and think about the way things work.
Last week we were investigating waterproof materials to make an umbrella. We had three brave volunteers! We found out that cardboard, tin foil and plastic bin bags are waterproof but cotton wool and paper are not!
This week we have been investigating hard and soft materials. We wrapped eggs up in soft materials and made them rockets so they could safely come down to Earth.
We found that the eggs that lasted the longest had soft material on the top and the bottom of it.
Scrambled eggs for tea tonight!
The Captain’s cat needs somewhere to sleep on board the pirate ship. We have been testing materials to see which ones would make the best bed.
…you’re in for a big surprise!
For today is the day that David Attenborough class enjoyed their Teddy Bear’s Picnic. This was due to their fantastic win of the school Mathletics competition!
We all enjoyed seeing everyone’s teddies, some were new and could sing, some were old and had been in the family for a long time, some were brightly coloured, some were worn out and well cuddled but it was very clear that EVERYONE loves having a teddy to cuddle, even Miss Bass and Mrs Elston!
We enjoyed lots of yummy snacks, made strange combinations (crisps in chocolate cake anyone?) and had lots of fun playing outside. Mrs Elston even joined in a game of football!
It was a lovely afternoon and well deserved!
Today year two scientists have been investigating materials. They were set the challenge to work out which materials would be suitable to make a hamster cage out of and why. They discovered that metal and plastic were the best because they are strong and the hamster couldn’t escape.
Key Stage One have just got back from a fabulous ice-tastic trip to Planet Ice in Milton Keynes. Great courage and resilience was shown by all of the children and staff as they all mastered staying upright and skating around the ice. All children enjoyed using the penguins to help them learn to skate.
Yesterday we had a very special visitor come to see us. His name was Richard and he has been to the North Pole and the South Pole. He told us all about his adventures and even dressed up Miss Bass in his explorer clothes. He told us some very interesting facts for example did you know that the sledge he carried his kit on isn’t called a sledge it’s called a pulk?
Richard even showed us how hard it was to pull the pulk across the snow. Dorian was very strong and was able to pull two children in it and he even pulled Mrs Eager across the classroom. It was very funny.
Thank you very much for coming to visit us Richard. We can’t wait to hear about your next adventure!
Year two scientists having been investigating how they can keep an ice troll alive. They needed to keep the ice trolls as cold as possible for a trip from the Arctic to the Uk or else they would melt. The children conducted an experiment to see which materials would be the best insulators by wrapping them around an ice pole for 20 minutes. We discovered that cotton wool was the best insulator because it is full of holes that trap the cold air. Here are a few pictures of us enjoying our experiment.
Thursday 1st March 2018 was World Book Day and we braved the snow to come to school in our pyjamas to celebrate the day. Bedtime Stories was our theme because it’s one of the best times to curl up with a book and read or be read to!
We shared lots of our favourite books and enjoyed hearing stories told by different teachers. David Attenborough class even played a trick on Mr Arnell when he read us the ‘boring, sensible’ ‘Book with No Pictures’ by B.J.Novak – it made him say some really silly things!!!!!
We love reading at St Andrews and there are lots of ways to join in.
Make sure to read every day, and write it in your reading record.
Don’t forget to bring in your reading book when you’ve finished it.
You can also read on Bug Club, answering questions to collect coins and play games!
Talk to your grown ups and ask them what their favourite book was when they were your age, do they still have it? You’re never too old for a bedtime story!