Science Immersion Day
On Friday 10th March, we had a whole school Science Immersion Day. This gave the children an opportunty to experience Science pracitcally with a hands on approach to a range of different experiments.
In Avon class we had lots of fun exploring colour during our science day. In the morning we investigated what happened when we mixed two primary colours. We did this using food colouring, water and kitchen towel. Firstly we set up an experiment which the children then checked upon over the next few hours, they were amazed that the colour travelled from one pot to another and mixed to make green or orange. The children also had opportunity to create their own colouring mixing paintings. They created some beautiful patterns and colours. In the afternoon we were lucky enough to have an artist in who worked with the children to create sea paintings linked to our topic and continuing our colour mixing theme for science day. The children were encouraged to see all the different shades of colours within the photographs and create those colours themselves. We definitely have some budding artists! We had a fabulous day of learning through hands on play, investigation and discovery.
Today, everyone in the school was very busy doing experiments. In Malvern we did 4 exciting, practical experiments.
First, we made cornflour slime! We followed the instructions and as a team explored the properties of the slime.
Next, we made rainbow colours in milk and watched what happened when you added washing up liquid. We found it very interesting to see the fat from the milk that had stuck to the tray when we poured it away.
After that, we made some fizzy colours. Using a baking tray, bicarbonate soda, vinegar and food colouring we explored what would happen when you mixed these ingredients together. We were amazed to see the foaming, fizzy, bubbly colours.
Finally, we went outside and worked together to make a balloon rocket. We predicted which balloon would go the furthest and tested them. We had lots of fun estimating how far they would travel.
On Friday 10th March we held a Science day in school. We completed several different experiments and investigations and had a really enjoyable day.
Our first experiment looked at waterproofing card to enable our boats to float on the water. We could choose different materials including, foil, cling film, cellophane, sellotape, feathers or paint. Most of our boats floated and kept the figure dry. We then looked at creating invisible writing using lemon juice and reading it using a lamp.
In the afternoon we made Alka-Seltzer rockets. We used three different sized containers and put the Alka-Seltzer tablet inside with some water. Each time we had to stand back and wait until the pressure of gas built up inside the canister and then it exploded sending the canister into the air as a rocket. We learnt that the seal on the container was important as if the seal was not good then the rocket did not take off.
Our final experiment of the day was to discover whether we were left or right dominant. We had to complete several challenges using our eyes, hand, legs and feet to see which side of our body was dominant. We learnt that 90% of people in the world are right handed, 80% and right footed and 70% favour their right eye.
Severn class enjoyed a range of activities. The children started by watching volcanoes of sand erupt using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar-messy!
That was followed by a demonstration of Alka seltzer rockets, Mrs Steward had lift off!
Then it was into groups for photographs of solids, liquids and gases.
After lunch all the children had great fun creating non-Newtonian fluid or gloop as we called it which acts as both a solid AND a liquid using cornflower and water.
Children also caught some rainbows in their trays using milk, food colourings and washing up liquid.
Great safe fun had by all!