Today we began our brand new after school Science club, with children from Middle School taking part in a range of activities that explored Friction, Gravity, pulleys and fulcrums. We are very lucky to have Matt from Essex Wildlife Trust with us for a few weeks, and the weather was perfect for our outdoor activities today. We all had a wonderful time and can’t wait for next week.
Wow! What a whirlwind whistle-stop tour of States of Matter! Today we were very lucky to be able to watch this science workshop, where we encountered dry ice showers, tornados in a bottle, and high speed air! The pupils really enjoyed the workshop as an extra end of term treat.
We used sweets to help is to learn how to create a classification tree. Thinking of the Yes/No questions was quite tricky!
Mrs. Gilbert was given these two beautifully constructed nests; one belonged to a pigeon and the smaller more delicate one belonged to a blackbird family. Sadly , both had been abandoned with their eggs in.... the children were absolutely fascinated by their construction, as well as a little sad to find out that the eggs would never hatch. They discovered all sorts of things about these birds and then created beautiful charcoal drawings. Science and art - what a perfect blend!! Thank you Mrs. Gilbert for bringing the outside inside!
Lower School have had the amazing opportunity to discover what Hedwig the owl eats by dissecting owl pellets!! Mrs Ward collected the pellets on her farm, baked them in the oven to make them sterile, and then the children got to work with tweezers and paint brushes. They discovered the pellets were filled with small mammal bones and fur; they used an identification grid to decide what animals the owl had eaten. Who knew what could be found in poo!
Awesome Science Lower School!!