Feeling bored? Feeling curious? Want a challenge?
Here are some more ideas for you to try at home.
St John’s children do LOVE their science and although we are learning from home, we continue to engage in science learning enthusiastically. I thought I would share some outstanding examples of their learning.There are many examples of great learning which can be viewed in the class galleries. These are few examples that have caught my eye:
Year 4 have been setting up investigations about the conditions woodlice live in, using choice chambers. They were learning to set up an enquiry, use predictions, record results in tables and present them in graphs, and finally write conclusions using these. This is an exceptional example and worth watching the full presentation:
Chiamaka attended the STEM HUB Virtual Science Jamboree and carried out the chemical reaction investigation. She sent a video of her learning which sadly I can’t add but have taken a few screenshots instead. This is her work:
We have also had some fabulous STEM projects sent in. Felix and his family have been investigating lava lamps using Alka-Seltzers, oil, water and food colouring. An amazing video was sent in but sadly I can’t share it here.
Year 4 have been exploring classification and the Linnaeun system whilst learning about habitats and adaptations. Jamie created his own creature and included a fact file.
Some outstanding Year 3 science has been completed whilst they have been learning about water absorption and transportation in plants. This example of Emily’s, shows how different root types absorb water at different rates. Aren’t those roots she created amazing! Beautiful work, Emily.
Joseph investigated the role of the stem in transporting water and nutrients to the leaves. This is his investigation using celery and food colouring:
Chloe in Year 5 has sent in this travelling rainbow and colour changing flowers. Aren’t they stunning?
Keep sending in your amazing science learning. We do love to celebrate it!
The South East STEM Hub have invited you all to attend a virtual science jamboree. I have attached further information about how to access what promises to be a fabulous day of science shows and learning and you should have received a Parentmail as well.
I hope you will be able to attend this virtual event and enjoy a lovely morning of science!
By now, especially if you are a keen scientist, you may have had a go at many of the activities suggested on the original 66 STEM ideas sheet sent at the beginning of Lockdown. You might even be running out of ideas. But fear not! There are plenty on this blog for you to try.
If you scroll down through the blog, you will find several STEM Starter sheets. Reading them, you may been be inspired to try someone else’s idea or you might see a picture in the science club news section and decide you might like a go at one of those activities. There are loads of great ideas to explore. Keep watching this space as I add more weekly.
If you get a chance, don’t forget to email me some photos or comment below and let me know what you have discovered.
Here are a few more to try:
If you have been looking at that 66 STEM ideas sheet and wondering if making a solar oven is even possible, I can now assure you it is. Thanks to this determined, ingenious engineer in Year 6, we have proof!
She built a solar oven, cooked an egg in it (sunny side up) and ate it! Apparently, it took 90 minutes for the egg to cook, so it would not be ideal if you were ravenous or lacking in patience but it does show you what is possible.If you would like to have a go yourselves and make some Smores, this website may help: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/smores/
Remember to get an adult to help.
This website also shows you how the solar oven is used around the world to help people in poorer countries. .
I have so enjoyed seeing all the STEM projects that you have completed in the class galleries. We are such a great bunch of STEM engineers at St John’s and we do love our science. In case you may be running out of ideas on your 66 STEM ideas sheet, here is the latest of the activity sheets with more ideas for you to try at home. You might want to have look at earlier blogs for the others too.
I do love seeing what you are up to and what you discover, so please do email me or post comments below.
Dear children, especially those of you who attend Eco-Gardening club.
I have news for you. Think way back to March. Do you remember us chitting our seed potatoes to get them ready for planting in our potato sacks? Do you recall the day we had to find soil and decide on the best place to grow our potatoes? We all planted together and made sure that we had 3 seed potatoes in each bag and covered them over with a bit of soil.
Well, as school was shut and I had to collect the fish to bring home to stay with me, I made the decision to bring home the potatoes too as I knew they would need a lot of care and attention to be able to continue growing. So, over the weeks, I have been topping up the soil to cover the new growth until eventually I filled the bags with soil. This is what the potatoes look like now. They grow so quickly and soon we may have the first harvest. I am so curious to know how many potatoes will be inside each bag. Are you? I will keep you posted.
I wonder are you growing potatoes at home too?
Today, Mrs Grimble sent me this wonderful act of kindness in response to the Earth Day suggestions that someone in her class did with his brother. Writing a letter, packaging seeds and delivering it to neighbours is such a thoughtful idea. I know Elspeth and her family did similar. Aren’t we a thoughtful, proactive lot at St John’s ! Thank you for sharing with us.
Here are some great Science based activities for you to do at home. Today, the weather is bit rainy but there are still plenty of activities that could be done indoors today. Why don’t you have a go at the paper tower, make things move or musical glasses challenge or even design a waterproof roof for the three little pigs’ houses (It looks like they’ll need that today).
Have fun and do email me a photo of you doing one of these, so I celebrate your science learning and share it on the blog.
I had two lovely surprises in my inbox on Friday. This was one of them which I think illustrates the message of Earth Day really well.
I also received an email providing me with a link to a video and message given by the late Stephen Hawking. This comes from the European Space Agency:
In summer 2018, ESA joined with the musician Vangelis and the family of scientist Prof. Stephen Hawking to beam a message marking his passing to the nearest black hole. On 22 April 2020, Earth Day, we’re transmitting this poignant message to all of planet Earth – as a message of hope, to say that, by working together, we can overcome this crisis and others facing humankind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXqG615ATiw