This afternoon, Y2 made a 3D human body in the playground! The children worked completely independently to decide how to do this and what resources they could use - we were SO impressed with what they came up with! They have worked very hard looking at the different aspects of the human body over the past few weeks. Well done Y2!!!
Our role play in Reception is "The Elves and the Shoemaker." During Science Week we asked the question "How can the elves keep warm whilst they are making the shoes?" We decided that we could make them some new clothes but didn't know which material would keep them the warmest.
We investigated different materials to find out!
We chose different materials to test. We wrapped them around containers of hot water to see which were the best insulators!
We used thermometers to measure the temperature at different times.
We read the measurements really carefully and found out a lot of information about the different materials! Fur, fleece and plastic were the materials that kept the water the warmest.
Now we knew which materials to choose for the elves new clothes!
We also thought about how exercise would keep the elves warm.
We tested how long we needed to exercise to feel warm and had fun trying out different exercises!
Today in Y2 we have been looking at the different types of teeth and the jobs that these teeth do. The children were so interested in finding out facts and investigating their own questions that we didn't get onto looking at how animals use their teeth. Stay tuned to find out what we get up too! Until then, test us to see if we can remember the 4 types of teeth and their jobs!
This week in Year one we have been investigating materials and their properties. On Tuesday the children were set the challenge of building a toy house for The Three Little Pigs. The house had to be big enough to fit the three pig puppets inside and had to be strong, sturdy and secure enough to withstand the huff and the puff of the big bad wolf (a fan blowing on full power).
We reviewed the materials The Three Little Pigs used to build their houses and concluded that neither straw, wood nor bricks would make a good toy house.
We had a discussion about which material the children though would make the strongest, sturdiest house, drew a quick plan and made a list of what we would need.
Plastic was the most popular choice of material. Some children chose to use plastic containers but found they were too hard to shape.
Most children chose to use plastic Lego bricks although one group chose to use plasticine as they though it would be easier to mould and shape.
The children developed great teamwork and communication skills and almost every group completed the challenge successfully, well done Year 1.
It's a shame some groups didn't have time to put a roof their house. I hope the wolf isn't good at climbing!