Monthly Archives: January 2015

Year 6 Enjoy Chemistry

Year 6 have been finding out that ATOMS are the basic building blocks of everything you can see around you, and even lots of things you can’t see, like the air that you breathe. Atoms are so small that there are millions and billions and trillions in the tiniest speck you can see.  ELEMENTS are thekinds of atoms that we can have. Carbon is an element, hydrogen is an element, and so is oxygen.  All the elements are listed out in a periodic table. When atoms join together they form bonds together to make MOLECULES.

Our Science learning board has a Philosophy twist to explore the bigger picture…

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A POLYMER is made up of many many molecules all strung together to form really long chains.  They can be made of many different molecules so their properties will all be different.  Some are rubbery, like a bouncy ball, some are sticky and gooey, and some are hard and tough, like a skateboard.

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Irreversible reactions – Carbon Dioxide collects in the balloons after bicarbonate soda reacts with vinegar in the test tube.

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Making Crystals from a range of chemicals. Water is removed from the solution through the process of EVAPORATION, leaving the crystals behind.

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There is lots of room to explore in our ‘Outdoors Science Lab’ – an area that Year 6 have adopted as a great space to experiment without the fear of making a mess of carpets!

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Understanding DISSOLVING on the board – salt is dissolved when the positive and negatively charged atoms of the water and salt are attracted to each other. This attraction ends up pulling the salt crystal apart and mixes it into the solution.

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Using a syringe to carefully add an exact amount of vinegar to the bicarbonate powder.

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Magical Misterton

Cyclists from as young as 4 years old travelled far and wide to enjoy this fantastic Brittish Cycling Go-Ride Cyclo-Cross organised by Welland Valley Cycling Club on the 22nd February.  It was set in the beautiful grounds of Misterton Hall, Lutterworth in Leicestershire.  It was great to see members of Kettering Cycling Club compete in their first Cyclo-Cross event after training so hard in Brambleside School Grounds and Rothwell Recreation Ground over the past few months.  The second of this Misterton series organised by Welland Valley is planned for November.  More details on the British Cycling website

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KCC on the start line at Misterton.

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The Under 10’s set off first around the frosty course.

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Walking the Walk! Mark Evans, lead KCC coach, on the left.

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The youth race.

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Welland Valley Cycling Club – thank you for the fantastic organisation. A friendly event for all ages in a beautiful place.P1100624

Mud Glorious Mud!

Mud Glorious Mud!

Kettering Cycling Club Go-Ride session attended by Borough Councillor Jim Hakewill (Centre) and Regional Go-Ride Cycling coach, Catherine Ruffley (2nd from right). KCC coaches (left to right are Evelyn Clawson, Malcom Jones and Mark Evans)

Kettering Cycling Club Go-Ride session attended by Borough Councillor Jim Hakewill (Centre) and Regional Go-Ride Cycling coach, Catherine Ruffley (2nd from right). KCC coaches (left to right are Evelyn Clawson, Malcom Jones and Mark Evans)

Rothwell Recreation Ground was transformed into cycling heaven yesterday for those that love a muddy cycling challenge!  Enthusiastic youths and juniors turned up to enjoy a session of cyclo-cross competitions for the more experienced riders and obstacle courses and duathlon competitions (running and cycling) for the juniors.

Positive feedback and support from Borough councillor, Jim Hakewell (Slade Ward, Kettering Borough Council) and Catherine Ruffley (British Cycling Go-Ride Regional Coach), who attended to observe this session yesterday, helps ensure that these off-road cycling events will continue on a regular basis throughout the year.

The next date in the diary is the Go-Ride Racing Cyclo-cross competition at Misterton Hall on Sunday 18th January starting from 10 am for the under 12’s onwards until 12.00pm for the most senior categories. More details for entry on the British Cycling Website

The dates for our next series of Go-Ride events, where hopefully supervising adults can join in the fun too, will be posted on the Kettering Cycling Club website soon.Many thanks to all our fantastic parent volunteer helpers and to Ken Vatcher from the club to offer the much needed help we require to get these free community events off the ground.

Riding in close proximity in preparation for cyclo-cross racing.

Riding in close proximity in preparation for cyclo-cross racing.

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