Category Archives: Science In School

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.

Conducting Conductivity Investigations!

Upper keystage 2 have worked very well in their science teams to build electrical circuits to test 10 different materials for electrical conductivity.

We discovered that all the metals and carbon conducted electricity, wood, rubber, ceramic, glass and stone couldn’t.

Testing thermal conductivity of bubble wrap and tin foil took a lot more patience as temperature was measured every 15 minutes.



Fairytale Science – A carriage fit for a pumpkin

Not quite good enough for a Princess but strong and sturdy enough to carry a pumpkin from one end of our table to the other! That was the engineering challenge set for Year 5 today when learning about materials and their properties.  Name the material and describe the properties of that material that makes it fit for purpose.



Learning about synergy carts and how they work was fascinating and explained with great knowledge and enthusiasm.


Materials Detectives

Learning about the different properties of materials out and about our school and playground kept Year 6 occupied in our Science lesson today.  

Can you name these materials and describe their properties.  How many different objects can you name made from these materials?

Open Evening Science

A big thank you to all those turning up to welcome our visitors and show what you know.  Other subjects included English, Maths, ICT and PE. 

Lots of ideas, enthusiasm and practical activity to demonstrate how and what you enjoy learning at school. 

A blast from the past. Learning about gears, pulleys and levers is child’s play with these Meccano kits from the 1980’s!

It is amazing to discover that a triple pulley needs 10 times LESS force than a single one to lift an equal mass. Multiple pulleys really do multiply force! How many examples of pulleys can you find in everyday life to make heavy objects easy to lift?

20 weights were needed to move the single pulley compared with only 2 on the triple pulley

Comparing big and small gears. How many times do you have to turn the crank to make the wheel go around?

A Clockwork turbine helps us to learn more about the useful role of springs and pulleys

Learning to identify trees using these child friendly storybooks becomes fun and memorable. Well illustrated, fact filled and memorable. More about them on

Close observation of our school garden produce using our laptop, iPad and traditional microscope really helps to make the pumpkins, beans and Apple leaves larger than life!

Nuts, bolts, axles, wheels, cogs, brackets, girders….

Exploring and explaining gears, pulleys and clockwork mechanisms

Measuring our plants at last. The oldest, grown in sand are now 35 days old and the field beans are around 40cm tall! Entering the data into our spreadsheet to draw charts and graphs will really help us to identify trends and patterns to help answer our questions. Does soil type matter to crops?

Year 6 Discover The World Of Plants

Pumpkins, tiny sweetcorn cobs growing on dwarf plants, poppy seed cases, beautiful apples (crab apples and a variety of others), pear tree, onion seed heads that looked like perfect snowballs.  Even our strawberry plants are producing fruit in Autumn!

Photos and blog by members of 6AK.