Science week began with an investigation into Weather and Wind. We had some terrible weather on Monday evening and the children wanted to learn more about why. We started off by assessing the damage done to the trees in the KS1 playground and then we watched the BBC Weather forecast to see if it would get much better.
The children were set a challenge to monitor the weather for the week and record which direction the wind was coming from, on the school field.
The children learned how to make weather vanes and what they would tell us about the wind and possibly the weather too. We needed to know lots about compass directions so that we could set our weather vane up correctly.
Here are the children using their weather vanes for the first time. If you want to know more about the wind and weather, please come and have a look at our Wind Roses. A special type of chart used to monitor wind direction.
We also created some amazing paper planes for a competition. The children loved making them, practising their folding techniques and making them fly as far as possible. We used a great website to gather different ideas and designs in order to make the bast possible plane.
Our third investigation for the week focussed on whether plants needed soil in order to grow. The children devised their own fair test to see if Sunflowers would grow in gravel and sand. Keep an eye out for the updates coming up over the next few weeks.
You can also see the results of our paper making investigation, where we tried to produce paper good enough to write on. We used grass and plastic as well as some torn up old paper, with glue and water to produce a pulp. The pulp was rolled out and dried on a mesh frame. Eventually we were able to try and write on it with a selection of pens, pencils and felt tips. The pictures of our paper are towards the end of the video.