Today the P4s used fruit to model the size and distance of the planets

There was a lot of thinking and reasoning

They used their prior knowledge to help work out which fruit represented each planet

Each group came up with different answers

On the 9th May St Anthony's welcomed Scientific Sue.

We entered the world of bubbleology with Scientific Sue. Lots of volunteers helped us discover why bubbles are round, why they float and what is the secret behind making big bubbles.

We loved every minute of it and can't wait to get Sue back for another show

This would keep our Key stage 2 children

busy during the Easter holidays and build

on their science capital.

 

Today the P4 children discovered that the moon is non-luminous which means it does not produce its own light, it reflects light from the sun.

Well done to Ellie, Erin, Finn, Tara and Eva-Rose whose

answers were drawn from the hat. Not only did they build

on their science capital but they also improved their research

skills which all scientists do.

 

We look forward to the next set of scientific questions.

For Science Week the P1s took 3 small pots of ice cream on different journeys around their classroom. 

Before doing this we watched short video clips on the journey milk makes from the cow on the farm to our milk containers at home, we also viewed a short video in which Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street talked about what a Science experiment was.   We discussed the term 'fair test'  and found out that in order to make our experiment a fair test we change only one thing, so we only changed where we positioned the ice-cream. 

 

Ice-cream pot 1 was placed beside the radiator, ice-cream pot 2 placed on the window sill and ice cream pot 3 was placed in our cloakroom area, we kept everything else the same:

 

1.  The pots were all the same size and made from the same material - plastic.  We used an ice-cream scoop or same sized spoons to

     make sure the same amount of ice-cream was put into each pot.

2.  We measured the time it took for the first pot of ice cream to melt fully.

 

We made predictions.  18/22 present predicted that the ice-cream would melt first.  We observed that after a few minutes the ice-cream beside the radiator showed some signs of melting, this was followed later by the ice-cream on the window sill and the one left outside in our cloakroom area was the last to start  melting. 

 

Our results showed that our class predictions were right, the ice cream in the pot placed beside the radiator was indeed the first one to melt fully, this took 14 minutes.  

 

The best thing about our experiment was that we all got an ice-cream! (as well as learning about science)

The p4 classes wanted to find out how far a sneeze travels. They measured the distance and impact of a sneeze by using water in a spray bottle. They compared the results of an uncovered sneeze, a sneeze with a gloved hand in front and a sneeze with a tissue.

As part of British Science Week, the children in P4 were learning about microbes this and how fast they spread and infect people. They looked at the journey of a germ in the class using magic glitter powder and a UV torch.

They also carried out the mouldy bread experiment to see where the most microbes are. They will be observing the results over time.

St Anthony's teachers and pupils are looking forward to a week of fun science.

The theme this year is 'Journeys'.

Cian in P4CMC made this volcano at home with his brother, sister and mummy.


Today Mrs Mc Conville held an assembly to talk about science capital.


 

What Is Science Capital?

Science capital is a concept which gives us a valuable insight into why and how some people participate in and engage with STEM related experiences - and why some do not.

Watch this short video.

The more of the STEM related influences and experiences that your child gathers and connects with, the more likely your child is to feel at home with science and see it as something useful and important for society.

Biology Week showcases the important and amazing world of the biosciences. Events will take place all over the world to celebrate biology, this will hopefully get more people involved and make them more aware of the amazing subject of biology. 

Here at St Anthony's both children and teachers will be involved in fun and interesting life science activities throughout the entire week.

Today is #AdaLovelaceDay19, a day to recognise the achievements of women in STEM. Ada was born in 1815. She was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general- purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

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