Friday, 15 June 2018

Observing Invertebrates

In their Outdoor Science session today, Year 1's were investigating invertebrates.  This required a lot of imagination and patience.

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There were some really good comments made:
Freya said "The golden beetle likes hiding under the small bits of wood.  I think it likes the darkness.  My snail didn't like the dark and the woodlice just crawled everywhere!"

Amber observed a spider and some woodlice: "Our spider went stop - go - stop - go all the time.  The woodlice just kept going everywhere,trying to get out."

Dylan observed many things about his snail and some woodlice.  "All our woodlice never stopped wiggling their antennae."

Airedale Otters: July 2012

Reggie found out that woodlice walked everywhere in his tray and they never ate anything that he offered to them."

They all were really good scientists, making careful observations and asking questions.  Well done Year 1.

Out and about at How Hill - Years 2 and 3

We were out again exploring nature, this time we went to How Hill on the Broads.  We had a fantastic day. We went on a nature walk where we learnt about the dry wood and the wet wood, we climbed on board a Norfolk Wherry, we visited the little marsh man's cottage and we went dyke dipping, where we found some very interesting creatures. A fabulous day.

Out and about in Gresham - Years 2 and 3

Last Friday the children in years 2 and 3 walked an impressive 3 miles around Gresham and East Beckham.  We collected wild flowers which we have pressed ready to stick in our nature books.
I'm now wondering if we can increase this to 4 miles? What a challenge that would be!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

The Science Bus

Years 5 and 6 were treated to a fantastic afternoon of science. courtesy of Dr. Bestwick and his team of helpers from Sheringham High School.  This year their visit involved the investigation of chemical changes.  

We learnt that to identify a chemical change you needed to have good observational skills using most senses.  Three key things to look for were: an energy change (things getting hotter or colder), a new material being made (something that wasn't there before) and a change being irreversible.

It was wonderful to see Felicity and Alex (last years Year 6 children from school) again, they both did a brilliant job of assisting Dr. Bestwick with the afternoon's activities.

After an hour of investigation we were treated to a bit of a Chemistry Show as our visitors made hydrogen pops (well bangs actually), dancing flames that looked like a twisted unicorn's horn and a huge explosion inside a water cooler bottle.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Micro to macro!

Robins had a packed day on Friday - with a variety of minibeast art activities in the morning followed by looking at their giant cousins in the afternoon.

We were very lucky that Hannelore Baxter came in to lead an activity using gelli plates to print with. The children chose from a variety of found onjects to create an image of a minibeast or it's habitat:

We also used watercolours to paint some beautiful minibeasts.

Finally we learnt the technique of press printing. 

In the afternoon we had a visit by Ed and his mini monsters. The children were so excited to meet them and asked some brilliant questions.