Science Council Summer term update.
We are continuing to grow and nurture sunflower plants as well and help look after pet tomato plants for each class. We continue to meet each week and this term we are also attempting to complete a #30dayswild challenge throughout June. Look out for photos of what we are getting up to and if you would like to join in and try this at home with your family, here is a tick list for you to check off.
Let Ms Drake know if you complete any of the challenges and feel free to find her at lunchtime to show her or tell her about what you have been up to linked to science and this challenge.
Sow it, grow it, show it, eat it!
This half term Science Council has looked after their tomato plants and worked out how to help them grow and prosper. This challenge will continue across the summer term. We have also planted sunflower seeds to grow with the intention of putting them near the school entrance to cheer up any visitors. We decided on sunflowers because, like our school and all its pupils and staff, they are bright and cheery: they are also the flower symbol of Ukraine which we thought was a nice link. We can’t wait for you to see them in full bloom. Look out for our paintings on the front door too.
Terrific Tree Planting
Science Council met at Temple Park near Whiteleas Way with Durham Wildlife Trust where we planted over 500 trees on Thursday morning. These trees will hopefully grow into a large wooded area that will benefit our local community in the future. We did this to support the planet, help provide habitats for species and also gain from the oxygen the trees help put back into the air. We worked tirelessly: it was challenging and required a lot of physical effort. The feeling of success afterwards was rewarding and seeing our amazing Science Council work together was incredible.
Well done Science Council.
Impressive volcano model alert!
Blake, a member of the Science Council, was inspired to create a model volcano in his own time at home. Isn’t it incredible? Blake has been telling us for the last few weeks how he loves to make models of things and that he also really like learning about volcanoes. He brought it in to share with us on our Thursday club and we were amazed at his fabulous efforts. A huge well done Blake.
Have a look below at some facts about volcanoes…
1. Volcanoes are openings of the Earth’s surface.
Volcanoes are openings of the Earth’s surface.
When a volcano erupts lava, ash and gas is expelled from it.
The hole at the top is known as the volcanic crater.
2. The word volcano comes from the word ‘vulcan’.
Have you ever wondered where the word volcano comes from?
It comes from the world ‘vulcan’ who was the Roman God of fire!
3. Volcanoes can be active, dormant or extinct.
An active volcano is one that has erupted within the last 10,000 years or it has some type of activity going on.
This activity could be anything from gases being released or even earthquakes around it.
A dormant volcano is one that hasn’t erupted in the last 10,000 years, however there is a chance it will erupt at some point.
An extinct volcano is one that hasn’t erupted in the last 10,000 years and is unlikely to erupt in the future
4. The liquid inside the volcano is called magma.
Volcanoes hold very hot liquid called magma.
Magma is rock that is so hot, it has turned into a liquid.
It glows bright orange and is held in a chamber within the volcano.
5. Lava is the liquid that is expelled from the volcano.
Once a volcano erupts, the magma will come out of the top of the volcano.
After it has left the volcano, it is called lava.
Once the lava has cooled down it will turn into solid rock.
The 11th of February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in order to promote full and equal access and participation for women and girls in science. The 11th of February is an opportunity to celebrate the essential role that women and girls play in science and technology.
Here at Biddick Hall Junior School, we encourage females and males to be active scientists. We are all exposed to weekly science lessons and we all take part in Science week events. Our Science Council comprises this year of 70% girls and we certainly encourage all pupils to strive for success and enjoyment in this amazing subject.
Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science everyone!
We really love these jokes!
In the last year I have not had the opportunity to meet with a Science Council
but Science lessons have still, of course, been prevalent with weekly lessons,
classroom displays and lots of working scientifically investigations: we also, all,
celebrated a MST (Maths, Science and Technology) week in the Spring term.
I have spoken to children from different year groups about their science
lessons in the summer term and I have been thrilled to hear such enthusiasm
for the lessons. They have told me lots of interesting things.
Year 3 have been learning about Magnets and Forces and also completed a
working scientifically project called, ‘We are astronauts’. Mr Eddon’s class told
me about a handmade rocket that they fired across the classroom using an
inflated balloon to propel it. It sounded so much fun!
Darla said, “I love investigations and finding facts out like who Thomas Edison
Scarlet told me, “I really like the experiments and investigations too.”
Ryan was very positive, telling me, “I just love everything about science lessons.”
Laila, Emily and Layton told me they enjoyed doing the investigations that Mrs
Lynn gives them to think about and enjoyed learning about the space race
between different countries.
Year 4 had lots to tell me about science lessons. They have been learning about
living things and non-living things and have completed a working scientifically
project called, The Big Build’.
Jacob – “I enjoy the experiments in science lessons.”
Macey – “I liked learning about the snails and where they like to spend their
Penny – “I loved the snail lessons too and seeing if they would prefer wet or dry
places to visit and rest.”
Andrea – “I enjoy science and learning new facts. My favourite things to do are
the experiments in science but I also enjoyed learning about animals this term.”
Luke Slater – “We do science lessons every week and have a display board for
every unit we do and I like to learn new facts and see my work on it.”
Leo – “I just love science, facts and I really enjoy making posters to do with
science. They are fun!”
Year 5 were fuelled with enthusiasm to tell me about their units of study this
summer which included finding out about the circles of life and growing old.
They showed me plants they had grown and there were some well-formed garlic
plants, wild flowers and herbs that they had grown from bulb and seed. I was
very impressed with the facts they had about pollination linked to this and
stages of growing old.
Olly told me he had enjoyed finding out why things happen as we grow old.
Jack said, “It has been great to actually understand the changes that happen to
us as humans as you can’t always see them right under your nose happening and
then suddenly you have passed that stage so it was good to learn about them
and what will happen in the future.”
Lacey-Mae liked seeing the plants grow and felt proud to have looked after
Year 6 have been super busy in science lessons completing lots of comparative
investigations in science linked to ‘The Titanic’ unit being studied. They have
learned about light and finished off their ‘Electrifying’ unit too. They said they
were happy they had done so much practical work in science this term.
Joe – “I loved doing the shadow experiment in science, measuring the height of
shadows when the light source moved.”
Ava – “I liked doing the investigation where we made a tinfoil boat and then
tested how sturdy it was by adding counters to see how many it would hold
before it sank. I like working with class friends to learn.”
Billie – “I really like talking in science and sharing what others found out and
comparing them to my results and thinking about what everyone says.”
Hannah – “I liked using balloons to consider buoyancy and to learn what up
Maths, Science and Technology Week 2020
These are the Science Shirts we created for when we meet on Mondays.
This term in Science Council meetings we have been organising special visitors to come to our school in Maths, Science and Technology week to highlight science. We were given choices of potential people and groups that could visit our school to teach about science in the wider world and then we held a vote to democratically select who we would like to come.
The results were unanimous – we were all equally keen to ask ‘Discover Zoo’ company to come in and bring in rainforest insects and creatures for all classes to experience. We then sent off an email and enquired as to the costs. Miss Drake took the information to Mrs Collinson who agreed this would be a fun and exciting science task to brighten our focus week. We are so excited that we have been responsible for helping to plan and organise this very cool science experience.
We have worked in groups to make posters (we have some photos of these for you to see too) to advertise animals that could potentially be visiting us: these are now displayed in each of the corridors and on our special science council board. We have researched Discovery Zoo online and really feel this workshop will be such a brilliant activity for us all: we really hope you are all as excited as we are!
The Science Council worked on a poster to be displayed in every classroom around the school. We considered what Science is and means to us as children at Biddick Hall Juniors and hope you like our final poster.
Miss Drake, also, asked for a rabbit (one of her favourite animals) to be brought in too. The rabbit is actually a therapy rabbit used to help people with high levels of stress, anxiety or worries. As a school that tries to be mindful of others and aware of those who may find things challenging at times, we thought this added extra would be a very valuable experience. Animals really can help people heal and feel relaxed!
Last year we ran our first ever Science Council that comprised off a class representative from each class across the school. We met weekly with Mrs Drake on a Monday lunchtime and had a great time raising the profile of Science in our school.
What did we achieve?
We ensured a Science display board was prominent in school which showed our members and activities we had undertaken through out the year. It was updated termly in line with achievements and successes.
We claimed a section of unused garden and after clearing the area, we planted, watered and tended to an area designed specifically to become a wildflower plot to encourage bees and other insects to visit the wildlife garden. The flowers grew and were beautiful and most importantly of all attracted bees. We wanted to do this as we had discussed, with links to the NEWS at the time, the worry of the decline of the bee species. The Science Council were proud to have helped this very important species have an area of pollen abundance to help them in their survival.
Linked, to this we then decided to have a sunflower competition throughout the school – the healthiest looking sunflower (class 5BA) celebrated with pride and a certificate of success. All sunflowers were then added to the flower patch to further support insects and bees in our local environment.
We also spent lunchtimes experimenting, planning ideas, researching scientific concepts such as seasonal change and had a great time doing so.
This year, new class representative School Science Council members have been selected and after only a few weeks of meeting we have had some great suggestions as to how Science can impact our school environment this year.
We have again discussed possibilities for the use of the plot of land in the wildlife area. As a group we decided this year we would like to encourage growth in the form of fruit or vegetables. We feel that this would create good talk amongst the school about plants and elements needed for growth including selective breeding. We hope to grow pumpkins, herbs, courgettes and tomatoes and create a buzz with another class competition linked to this. If our school cooks could benefit from the produce too, we are keen to share. The pumpkins that will ripen over late August and September 2020 will come in handy for Harvest celebrations and donations to the local community or even the yearly Spooktacular disco of 2020.
We have also persuaded Mrs Drake that since we are an important Science Council, we need to look the part so are currently working on making some Science lab-type coats that are going to be covered with scientific concepts, vocabulary and pictures. We can’t wait to show you what we look like wearing them when they are finished.