Don’t miss out!! – ROBOKIDS SPACE SHOW on Thursday

Robokids Space Show (Online)

 Thursday 18 February 2021

12:00 to 13:00

Online

Robokids takes you on a fun and inspiring journey into the future of space, programming and robots. Take part in this online show and help programme our friendly robot “Nao” and her friends for a joint human and robotic Aurora mission to Mars.

An educational show for children aged 4-11.
Presented by spacefund.co.uk and funded by the UK Space Agency.
Please invite your friends and family to this enjoyable Family Interactive Space Show!!

To book ticket for this event, please register at: https://bit.ly/space-show 

 

l would like to make everyone aware of this fantastic opportunity to take the 7 Days of Science Challenge, starting TODAY! It is most definitely optional but looks a lot of fun for those of you wondering what to get up to on days spent indoors over the half term.

“Take the ‘Seven Days of Science’ challenge! – Whizz Pop Bang Blog” https://www.whizzpopbang.com/blog/7daysofsci/

Have fun and please do email me any photos of your science fun.
bcasewell@stjohnssevenoaks.co.uk

Stargazing : Citizen Science Annual STAR COUNT

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Big Garden Bird Count. It has been lovely to speak to all the teachers at school and hear about all the different classes’ findings. I hope to add some surveys and photographs to this blog soon.

Here is another opportunity to take part in some very important research by taking part in the Annual Star Count. I hope the skies clear before the end of the week so that you can wrap up warm and go and do your stargazing. Read on to find out more:

Each year, CPRE asks the nation to help measure light pollution in their area by getting starry-eyed with us and counting visible stars. Ready to help out and have fun?

Click on the link to find out more: https://www.cpre.org.uk/what-we-care-about/nature-and-landscapes/dark-skies/star-count-2021/

Star Count: a lockdown-friendly stargazing activity for the whole family

What is Star Count?

The best way to see how many stars we can all see in the sky is… to count them! So we’re asking people from all across the country to become citizen scientists and look heavenwards from home for one night. Join in by choosing a clear night between 6-14 February 2021, looking up at the constellation of Orion and letting us know how many stars you can spot.

This year we’re asking everyone to take part from home. You can stargaze from your garden, balcony, doorstep or even bedroom window.

Star Count is supported by the British Astronomical Association.

How to take part in Star Count

Here are our top tips for a brilliant Star Count evening:

Remember that we’re counting stars from 6-14 February 2021, so choose a night!

      1. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts for the week ahead. Remember: your safety and health are the most important things, so stay at home for your star counting this year.
      2. Pick the clearest night for your count, with no haze or clouds, then wait until after 7pm so that the sky is really dark. Turn off all the lights in your house, too, to make it easier to see the stars.
      3. Looking south into the night sky, find the Orion constellation, with its four corners and ‘belt’.
      4. Take a few moments to let your eyes adjust, then count the number of stars you can see within the rectangle formed by the four corner stars. You can count the three stars in the middle – the belt – but not the corner stars.
      5. Make a note of the number of stars seen with the naked eye (not with telescopes or binoculars) and then submit your count to us here.
      6. Share your experiences (and any photos) with others on social media using #StarCount
      7. And don’t forget to check back here in the spring to see the national results and how your area compares to the rest of the country.
Diagram showing the Orion constellation outlined
Keep your eyes peeled for how many stars you can make out within Orion | CPRE

Have fun! Stay warm and stay safe! Let me know how many you and your family count.

 

Many of you have already signed up to do the RSPB Garden Birdwatch this weekend and some of you may be planning to do so. To learn more about what is happening with birds in our gardens, develop identification and data collecting skills why don’t you watch this lesson?

I know that in some year groups your maths remote learning  this week has been Data Handling/Statistics.  Watch this lesson and see how to present your data in a bar graph. This is the perfect opportunity to apply what you have learnt.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/big-schools-winterwatch-live-lesson/zv8vn9q?utm_medium=social

Enjoy, and as ever, please do share your learning with us.

 

Science In Lockdown

Please find details of the Virtual Lego Science Club, the RSPB annual BIG GARDEN BIRD WATCH and a fun science activity you might like to do with your family called Blooming Flowers. I would love to hear about any of these projects you choose to do. So please do email me your photos and I will add them to the next blog.

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St John’s KS2 take on the Galactic Challenge

“Welcome to the year 2060”

Space is becoming ever more popular. Frontier colonies already exist on the surface of MARS and THE MOON. BOLD EXPLORERS AND PIONEERS have been coming to Mars to work on mining, scientific research and low-gravity manufacturing. Supported by regular shipments from Earth, small communities are starting to thrive. It is time to establish a larger SETTLEMENT for more residents from Earth…

KS 2 children were invited to take part in this competition to design a settlement on Mars (with very little notice). Some children certainly rose to the challenge, and despite little time and lockdown, managed to get together in small teams to enter.  They were tasked with designing a map of the settlement, drawing a floor plan for houses, thinking about how they would generate fuel and food  as well as creating a flag and badges of citizens. Oh, and they needed to think of a catchy name for their settlement.

Here are some entries from Year 3/4:

Well done all of you who chose to enter this competition. I was delighted to hear all about your entries and I look forward to hearing how you did.

Sensational Science Work

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:

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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.

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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!

Virtual Science Jamboree

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.

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I hope you will be able to attend this virtual event and enjoy a lovely morning of science!

More Spectacular Science STEM ideas

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:

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