Category Archives: Science In School

Discovering The Digital World With BBC Micro:bits

Mr Cutting celebrated our school Science week in true tech style when he opened a large box full of BBC micro:bits and delivered a hands-on introductory lesson to KS2 children.

Children were taught that the micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer that can be used for all sorts of amazing creations, from robots to musical instruments, the applications are limited only by your imagination!

Children enjoyed learning how to access the BBC micro:bit website to access pre-written downloadable files.  They enjoyed using one that programmed their micro:bit red LED lights to spell flashing messages!

It was fascinating to learn that the BBC micro:bit can detect motion and can even be used as a compass to tell you which direction you’re heading in!

To learn more about coding these tiny computers follow the link to the official website…

https://www.microbit.co.uk/getting-started#

A Day On The Track

Year 4 discovered a lot more about engineering when Mr Robinson took time off the track to talk about his exciting work with Formula One recently.  The children were so interested to hear about his action packed career which takes him all over the world.
Every child was invited to ask questions and offered the opportunity to look at his very special photos including the famous drivers he works with.  They also enjoyed inspecting the technical equipment that has been carefully designed to keep the drivers as safe as possible when driving at very high speed.
One of the highlights of Mr Robinson’s talk was hearing all about his team’s WORLD record breaking pit stop time of 2.05 SECONDS which earned them a prestigious place in the Guinness book of Records. A complete tyre change in the blink of an eye seems unimaginable – the class agreed this is definitely teamwork at it’s best!
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It’s great to hear from Mr Robinson and recent news from the government that there is an increasing number of Science apprenticeships on offer for young people nowadays.  More details about this work place based route into a STEM career can be found on the government’s website listed below.
The children are always very enthusiastic to hear from parents/carers with scientific careers to find out more about the appliance of Science.
Please email stem@bramblesideacademytrust.co.uk if you would like to showcase your career and inspire others.
For more information about government apprenticeships see https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/

Outdoor Fairytales

Growing a variety of grains and seeds in the garden and in pots in classrooms to make bowls of porridge, carriages fit for a princess, beanstalks to climb and loaves of bread for hens will be some of the outdoors challenges for RGB and RSS this year!

Let’s hope we have some crops to show the farmers when we welcome the National Farming Union ‘Discovery Barn’ and team back to school again in April.

The Oats Are Here!

Members of the school Gardening club are excited to discover that the Oats they sowed last November have finally germinated. We look forward to linking our plants to traditional tales. How many can you think of that involve eating and cooking Oats?

KS1 and very keen to start exploring outdoors and care for these plants and bears and magic pots spring to their mind!

Our 5 Senses on the Farm!

A special lesson of a farming theme certainly excited the Year 2 children lucky enough to trial one of the NFU’s new Science lessons today.

Children were treated to the farmyard sounds, tastes, textures, sights and smells in a carousel of activities.

Sorghum Success

It’s been an amazing surprise to discover that the Sorghum seeds that germinated at Brambleside school have successfully grown into healthy mature Sorghum plants bearing large seed heads! This crop is usually a source of grain in hot and dry parts of the world where other cereal crops cannot survive. It’s come as a real surprise to see them do so well in a sheltered sandy soil in another Northamptonshire primary school.

We feel real inspired to investigate this further next year by growing them in containers outside containing different types of soil.

white Sorghum bearing many seed heads which we will attempt to grow next year.

Chemistry in The Classroom with Year 3 & 4

Why does good chocolate melt in your mouth? What is the gas produced when we added bicarbonate soda to vinegar? Children throughout year 3 & 4 have enjoyed measuring temperature with thermometers and found out data loggers make the job so much easier to monitor changes in a long experiment. Melting, freezing and boiling, it was very interesting exploring different materials to find out how they can be changed by heating and cooling them.

The recent snow and ice have also helped us to learn first hand about the water cycle and the processes of melting, freezing, condensation and evaporation.

What is the melting point of chocolate and butter? Using thermometers and data loggers to measure the temperature of the water baths.