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Science

Hello! It's Mrs Eeley here. Mrs Mills normally looks after science in school but as she is on maternity leave it's my job for the next few months - something I'm very excited about because I love science! I studied it at university and have done some extra learning since being a teacher all about science education too so it's a great chance for me to share something I really enjoy with you.

 

Scientists learn about how the world works. Biologists study living things - plants and animals (including humans!), their habitats and how their insides work. Chemists study materials and their properties. Physicists study forces and the Solar System. Science is a practical subject - finding out for yourself is really fun. In school we make predictions and then collect some evidence to decide if we were right or wrong. And that's exactly what real life scientists do too!

 

How many jobs can you think of that need science?

 

Dentist, zoo keeper, aeroplane pilot, architect, pharmacist, car mechanic, photographer, special effects technician, chef, forensic police officers, archaeologist, rollercoaster designers...I could literally carry on listing jobs all day!

 

As a teacher, the reason I love science so much is that it's such a big subject that everyone can find something they are interested in and enjoy finding out about.

 

Here are some websites you can use to find out about what interests you:

 

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6svr82 to find out about EVERYTHING science related

 

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q to find out more about EVERYTHING science related

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ a great website about animals and the world they live in

https://www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/explore-our-museums-at-home/ to take a virtual visit to the Science Museum in London

https://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/science/ for lots of activities about all areas of science - you can print a certificate once you complete a unit, I'd love to know if anyone gets one!

 

Watch a science lesson every week day! Science with Maddie Moate on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate

 

 New feature for next time!

Scientist of the week! Find out about famous scientists from the past.

Your weekly science challenge! 1st April 2020  

Theme: Rainbow Science

Lots of people have been putting pictures of rainbows in their windows for people to spot on their daily walk...look at Miss Bliss's art page for more information.

 

Rainbows are fun for everyone to learn about whatever your age...

 

But what are rainbows? How are they formed? What colours make a rainbow?

They happen because the white light splits into the different colours - each colour splits a slightly different amount which is why the colours spread out. Do you know the colours of the rainbow? 

Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet

Can you make up a mnemonic to remember the order?

R

O

Y

G

B

I

V

https://kids.kiddle.co/Rainbow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqbgJ3c3yhc 

See some beautiful and unusual rainbows in these clips: clip 1 and  clip 2

 

 I'd love to see you being scientists so maybe your grown-ups can email me some photos?

 

Make your own rainbows:     

BUBBLES

You can often see a rainbow if you blow bubbles on a sunny day. A mixture of washing up liquid and a little bit of water works if you don't have a pot of bubbles - you can use a cookie cutter to blow through. Can you spot every colour in the bubbles you blow? Are your bubbles always spherical? What happens if you blow through different shapes?

 

SKITTLES

Next time your grown-up is at a supermarket ask them to buy you a packet of Skittles.

Carefully place them in a ring around the outside of a plate (a small white plate will work best). Slowly and gently pour water into the middle of the plate until it reaches the Skittles on the outside...observe (a posh science word for watch) what happens...

I'll tell you next week why this happens - isn't it cool? What patterns/pictures can you make? Do other coloured sweets work? Does it happen quicker using cold water or warm water? (Just use your hot tap)

 

SPINNERS 

Try this activity - what colour do you think the disk will look when you spin it really fast and the different colours all add back together? This is the opposite of making a rainbow!

GROW RAINBOW

 

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