British Science Week is well underway at Chambersbury Primary School, and we've already fitted so much into such a short period of time!
As you're aware, our theme for the week is 'Science is Everywhere!' to help our children to understand how much their everyday life is affected by science. Many of our activities have been organised to support this.
On Monday, we started our morning by thinking about what might happen if we had snake teeth! We discussed what we thought would be the good things that would happen and what problems we might face. Miss Savage was very impressed by some of the ideas we thought about. For example, one of our points was that we would have to eat our food through a straw because snakes don't have teeth to chew their food in the same way that we do.
Then, Miss Savage held an assembly explaining to us that it was Science Week and what we ought to expect. She showed us how to set up some of the challenges that we have been asked to try at home.
Then, in Computing, we created a factfile about famous scientist Mary Anning, using the web links below. We learnt that Mary Anning was one of the first paleontologists (and of course, what a paleontologist does, using this fun video - try getting this out of your head!)
Today we started our morning by thinking about what would happen if we only ate chips for a whole month! We decided it would depend on how you cooked the chips but we agreed that you certainly wouldn't feel very well if you weren't getting other types of nutrients to keep your body healthy!
Then, Mr Gibson from Affinity Water came in to give us a special assembly about where our water comes from. He talked about the many different ways that we use water in our day-to-day life and asked the children to estimate how much water each person actually uses on a daily basis. To help us imagine this, he showed us a 10 litre container and asked how many of those we thought we'd use. To our surprise, we learnt that each person uses about 160 litres (or 16 10-litre containers) of water every single day!
He then explained to us how rainfall varies in different parts of the country and showed us how our local area actually gets one of the lowest amounts of rainfall but has the highest population density (highest amount of people in an area). We thought about how important it was for us to be responsible with how much water we use and that we can reduce the amount of water we use by doing small things, like running full loads in the washing machine, turning off the tap when we brush our teeth and taking shorter showers.
Mr Gibson then went into Year 1 and 2 to teach them about how we can filter our water to make it clean.
Special thanks to Mr Gibson and Affinity Water for taking the time to come and teach our children about responsible water usage!
Today we had another question to consider - what we thought would happen if all of our transport was electric! After Miss Savage explained to us exactly what she meant by 'transport', we decided that overall it would be a good idea because it would stop us having to use so much fuel, but that we wouldn't want *everything* to be electric (although Edan did point out that we already have electric skateboards. Sigh.)
After that, we had another very special guest in assembly. This time, Mrs Webb came in to speak to us. Mrs Webb used to work as a forensic scientist, which meant that she had to go to places where people had committed crimes and try to find the evidence they'd left behind. Mrs Webb explained that wherever people go they tend to leave small traces of evidence to show that they'd been there - for example, skin, fluff from our clothes, teeth marks, fingerprints, sweat, blood and foot prints. The list goes on! She talked about different ways that forensic scientists find and collect these different pieces of evidence.
Thank you to Mrs Webb for taking the time to come and speak to us! The fact we had so many questions at the end shows how interesting we found your assembly!
Continuing with our trend, this morning we considered what would happen if humans hibernated! We thought that overall it would be a bad thing because we would miss holidays like Christmas and we also admitted (begrudgingly) that it'd be a problem because we'd miss a lot of school! We thought that we'd have a lot of energy when we woke up though, and that it would be nice to avoid the worst of the weather (like today's...)
Today was the last day of Science Week and we'd saved the best until last! First of all we had a special assembly with a guest from Mother Nature Science and the whole school came to see the show! They showed us how to make slime, how to make a balloon travel from one end of the hall to the other, how to make giant bubbles and how to make any exploding dessert!
Then, throughout the day we got to make our very own slime to take home (sorry, parents!) We talked about how some liquids have different 'viscosity' (runniness) and how sometimes we can change the way that the polymers in the liquid interact by applying pressure. Have a look at some of our photos below!
Miss Savage set us some science challenges to try at home to help us understand that science really is everywhere! Children all across the school have been very hard at work (which is amazing to see) and have sent in some fantastic photographs of them with their science investigations. Thank you so much to parents for supporting this extra learning at home!