Monthly Archives: January 2017

The lighthouse Keeper’s Healthy Lunch

Keystage 1 are enjoying getting the new year off to a good start with a focus on learning more about the importance of healthy eating and taking regular exercise. Year 2 enjoyed planning a tasty lunch for Mr Grindling and voting for their favourites to display…

Learning about the Eatwell plate and planning food for Mr Grindling is helping us to broaden our minds and hopefully our lunch boxes too!

Investigating Our Heart and Lungs

Year 5 & 6 have got the new year off to a healthy start by turning their attention to learning about the science behind two very important organs and what we can do to help keep them healthy.  

We are very keen to find out more about how they work and will be carrying out lots of different types of investigations to answer our questions. Where are the heart and lungs in our body?  After a quick search of a model torso we discover that they are safely protected by our strong rib cage.  It’s interesting to work out the amazing network of blood vessels that connect this powerful pump called the heart to the body and lungs. Looking at photos of the lungs in closer detail are also amazing as we discover that the lungs are made of very small air sacks where gas is exchanged into the blood! 

We  look forward to more research and experiments to discover more…

Plotting Pulse Rates

Year 6 worked at lightening speed today to investigate the change in their pulse rates before, during and after running.  In only 1 hour they worked well in teams to measure pulse rates with and without the use of technology to measure pulses!  Our results were fascinating.  Pulse rates were found to double when running around the playground.  Understanding why this happens is another story that can be explained by understanding that our heart is a very powerful pump that not only supplies nutrient rich oxygenated blood to demanding working muscles but also removes the waste products by pumping the deoxygenated blood back to the lungs to be exhale the waste carbon dioxide gas away!

72 bears per minute at rest and more than 180 beats per minute after a few laps of running around the playground. Our hearts really are a powerful pump!

Magic Potions Inspired By Harry Potter

Year 3 & 4 are very excited to discover more about chemistry this term and follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter to conduct some amazing experiments of their own.

We have also enjoyed learning more about the different properties of solids, liquids and gases and were amazed to find out more about unusual liquids like cream that behaves like a solid when you whisk it up and mixture of cornflour and water that acts like a solid you can stand  on if you run fast enough!  

Learning about acidity and testing the pH of different household chemicals took a lot of concentration to match the correct colour against the indicator chart.  Year 4 discovered that you can easily make a pH indicator solution from any red plant extract e.g Ribena juice, red cabbage juice, red berry juice etc .  The colour change really was like magic when we added variousl liquids ( acids like vinegar turned our indicator red and alkalis like baking powder turned it purple). We used pH paper to measure how acidic or alkaline the solution was.  How many colours of the rainbow can you make with your solution? 

Exploring the interactive periodic table was a very interesting place to start to discover more about the atoms that make up all matter in the world around us.  Discovering the importance of chemicals to test our aquarium water and keep our fish healthy was also very interesting to the fish keepers amoung us!

The more exciting and adventurous chemical reactions were taught through video footage! We’re discovering that chemistry really is a fascinating and exciting subject and we’re looking forward to discovering more about the properties and behaviour all those atoms in future experiments!