Today we enjoyed a fantastic trip to MAGNA science adventure centre. The trip was part of both our Rocks and Soils topic and our Natural Disasters topic.
First, we had a workshop all about rocks and volcanoes. To start with we were given an empty film canister and had to fill it with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. This caused a chemical reaction that made the mixture spill out onto the table. We then had to place play dough around the canister where our mixture had spread to. We then repeated this two more times using different coloured playdough to form a volcano! Then we became geologists and excavated ‘rock’ from our volcanoes using a clear straw. In the straw we could see the different layers that helped to form our volcano!
After lunch, we had an opportunity to explore MAGNA. MAGNA is made up of four pavilions which include lots of exciting and interactive exhibits.
We even had chance to watch ‘The Big Melt’ a show that taught us all about MAGNA’s past as a steelworks.
We we all loved our day at MAGNA…
… although it left some of us rather tired!
This half term we have been learning about the famous palaeontologist, Mary Anning. Mary Anning is famous around the word for her amazing discoveries in the cliffs of Lyme Regis.
This week we have been selling our own ‘curiosities’. First we wrote some persuasive writing trying to convince someone to buy our fossils. We used rhetorical questions, repetition, and alliteration to persuade our customer, some of us even created a business name and a catchy slogan.
Then we performed our persuasive writing. We used a green screen to transport ourselves onto the sunny beach of Lyme Regis and imagined we were selling sea shells on the seashore.
As part of our rocks and soils topic we have been looking at how fossils are formed. Today, we learnt that fossils are formed over millions of years. Animals, plants and even footprints can be fossilised.
After learning how fossils are formed, we made our own fossils. First, we made an impression with a creature in some clay. Then, we placed the clay into the bottom of a plastic cup. Then an adult poured plaster over our moulds and we left them to set. Finally, we peeled away the clay to reveal our amazing fossils.
This half term, we have been learning all about rocks and soils in our science lessons. On Tuesday, we were learning about how rocks change over time by investigating the causes of erosion.
In our investigation, we had to first put our rock into a container, fill it with water and then seal the container tightly. Then, we had to shake our container non-stop for 100 seconds. Finally, we poured the contents of our container into a funnel lined with filter paper. When we examined our filter paper, we discovered that the rock had started to erode away. We repeated our investigation with igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
At Prince Edward Primary School, we are working hard towards achieving the Silver PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) award.
Yesterday Mr Little wheeled a large blue box into our classroom. We were all curious to find out what was inside. When Mr Littl opened the box we discovered a set of microscopes for us to use. How exciting!
We discussed how to take care of the microscopes and how to use them properly. We looked at how to move the lens up and down to make the image we saw clearer.
We loved looking at the objects through a microscope and were amazed by the tiny details we could see. Our favourite thing to look at was the sugar, we thought the grains of sugar looked like tiny ice cubes.
Recently in Sapphire Class we have been looking at poetry. Our poems have all been about light, which was our science topic last half term. This week we have been writing our own acrostic poems. In an acrostic poem the first letter of each line join together to spell out a word or phrase.
Here are a selection of our poems…
Light is shining like a red sapphire.
Its round like a huge, yellow ball.
Gold, gigantic and glittering sun.
Helps us to see.
The tired sun is sleeping in a cloud bed.
By Lucy Billard
Light and shadow
Lovely light shines on you perfectly
Incredible light is a humongous, giant explosion
Glorious, as glorious as a gemstone
Hidden light shines bright
The sun is as hot as a volcano
Naughty reflections make light
Dare to look at the sun
Super sun is horrific
Hiding shadows are afraid
Adorable lovely torches are beautiful
Don`t look at the sun it will make you blind
On top of you is the sun
By Harrison Musson