Chain Reactions

The children had great fun putting this chain together. One by one, they put the lollipop sticks in place! A lot of teamwork and cooperation was involved! In this activity, the children observed the build up of potential energy, which was consequently converted to kinetic energy when the chain was released!

Discovery Science – Step 1 – Keep the Damp Out

Old houses tend to be damp because they have no ‘damp course’. Bricks absorb moisture from the ground and this moisture rises up the walls. In newer houses a layer of plastic (or other non-absorbent material) placed between the bricks near the ground stops the moisture rising. This is called a ‘damp course’. In this experiment, the junior room investigated what material would make the best damp course. The sheet of plastic proved to be the best!

Discovery Science – Step 1 – Heritage in Schools

Martina Butler visited our school on the 27th of February. The senior classroom learned about pollination and pollinators. They investigated if our garden was a pollinator-friendly garden which indeed it is. In our garden, we have long grasses, wild flowers, pots with herbs, flowers that have grown from bulbs and flowering trees. All of which prove very alluring to the buzzing bees! 

Guzzler and the polar bear taught the junior classroom about energy consumption and what can done to use less energy.

Discovery Science – Step 1 – Growing Tomatoes

Today we planted tomato seeds. Growing tomatoes shows the children how a common edible fruit can be produced, from seed germination to flowering and fruit formation. While tending to their tomato plants, children will learn about the plant life cycle and the factors affecting growth.

We have watered our pots already today and they are now on a well-lit, warm windowsill. Now all we have to do is wait!

We have lift off!!!

Replanting our tomatoes on the 26th of April! My how they’ve grown!

Discovery Science – Step 1 – Making a bird feeder

Winter is here and many of our birds need our help to stay alive. At this time of the year, birds find it hard to find insects, worms, seeds, and berries. We can help by feeding the birds.

To make our bird feeder: We prodded the bottle with a scissors to make several holes all around the bottle. Consequently, we made two holes opposite each other about a third of the way up the bottle. We then pushed the pencil through both of these holes. This acted as a perch for the birds. After, we made two holes opposite each other near the top of the bottle. We then threaded the twine through the two holes and made a loop to hang off a branch of a tree. We filled the bottle with the sunflower seeds and put the lid on the bottle. So far, we’ve seen birds like Chaffinches, Bluetits and Sparrows feed from our hanging feeders!

Discovery Science – Step 1 – Energy and Forces

In this experiment, performed by the Junior room, the children learned that the raisins were heavier than the drink and therefore sank to the bottom. They discovered that at the bottom of the fizzy drink, the raisins collected bubbles of carbon dioxide, resulting in the ‘raisins + bubbles’ becoming lighter than the drink. Consequently, they rose to the surface. When the raisins reached the surface, the gas bubbles burst and the raisins sank to the bottom, only to collect gas bubbles once again.