Reception children have taken full advantage of the wet weather to explore materials that may dissolve. Someone wanted to see whether chalk dissolved and so put the chalk in a puddle. It did not immediately dissolve so we put some icing sugar and then alka seltser in the puddle and watched as it fizzed and bubbled. The children decided to leave the chalk in a bucket under a stream of water to see if that would help it dissolve. They are going to check later today to see what has happened.
Reception were developing their scientific skills of prediction and looking closely today. They predicted what I had in a bag, using the sentence starter “I predict…”
The bag was opened to reveal a box with a birds nest in. The children looked closely at the birds nest and talked about what they could see. Later on they used magnifying glasses to have a closer look at the birds nest.
This week in Science, as part of our topic, Living things and their habitats, Year 2 explored the differences between living, dead and never lived things. Once understanding the differences between the three categories, we went into the outdoors. Here we found lots of different items and sorted them into things that are living, dead and never lived. Once sorted, the children provided reasons for their choices.
‘The bugs are moving so they are living’ – Tom
‘Cups haven’t been attached to anything like a tree so they have never lived’ – Frankie
‘I think the logs are dead because they have come off the tree but are not growing any more’ – Logan
This morning, Year 2 have spent the morning exploring plants for our outdoor science day. We begun with revisiting the skills we need as Scientists and we looked back at previous learning about Jane Caulden, a botanist. After spending time using our white hats to share all the facts we knew, we looked at the parts of the plant and the jobs each part had. We used our outdoor area to record what we had found.
We continued after break to explore the plants outdoors. We used 3 out of 5 senses to explore this and the children showed great leadership by being positive communicators when leading their groups.
We ended the morning making recycled planters. We discussed the importance of using recycled materials. The children were amazed at how small the Oregano seeds were. We look forward to seeing them grow over the next few weeks.
During today’s rainy Welly Walk, children noticed water streaming down the playground. They wanted to make boats to see if they would float on the stream. They tested their idea but the boats didn’t float. The children then found a huge, deep puddle and floated the boats n the puddle.
In their science learning today, Year 2 told me they were botanists and then told me that botanists study plants. It was wonderful to see Year 2 looking closely at plants with magnifying glasses. This helped them draw diagrams of what they could see which they then labelled.
There was great excitement in Reception today when we realised some of the snails eggs had hatched! We now have 3 tiny baby African Land snails. The children looked closely at the tiny snails and wondered if they could really grow into big snails. Watch this space as we develop our observation skills.
Today, children in Reception were very excited to notice that the snails had laid some eggs. They asked lots of questions about the snails and the eggs. We are going to observe the eggs closely and see what happens next!
I have been sent this wonderful Science activity for everyone to try. Please send photos of you completing this learning. I am looking forward to seeing you wear socks over your shoes and what you grow!
This is a really simple enquiry which allows children to see germination in action and also shows
how successful plants are at dispersing their seeds.
What you need:
An old pair of cotton socks
Put some old socks on top of shoes.
Make the socks damp so that seeds will stick to them.
Go on a seed walk around your garden or local area (following the government advice on
Covid-19). As you are trying to pick up seeds, walk underneath trees, around the edges of
bushes, on top of dandelions and weeds and try to pick up a good amount of mud.
When the socks are looking suitably muddy, take them off and place them in a plastic bag.
If the sock is too dry, add a little water to make sure it is damp.
Tape the bag to a window in a sunny spot.
Check back every day to see what is happening and record what you notice.
Within a couple of days, you should be able to see some growth.
Brought to you by the Herts for Learning Primary Science team