Science Week - 2019
We are delighted to announce a new partner for British Science Week 2019: Eurotunnel le shuttle.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Tunnel, the British Science Association has partnered with Eurotunnel with the aim of sharing knowledge and excitement about this ambitious engineering project with a new generation.
Fittingly, the broad theme for British Science Week 2019 is ‘journeys'.
Year 6 were working on the journey of electricity.
We were investigating static electricity using balloons & plastic rods and cloths.
At the year 3/4 lego workshop the children worked in pairs sharing the work to build a lunar rover. They had to follow instructions carefully and work as a team. Afterwards they had free play with lego bricks, making some wonderful imaginative creations.
Year 4/5 have thoroughly enjoyed science week. An interesting variety of scientific journey posters have been designed as well as enjoying a Lego workshop where we made Lego “lunar models “ in small groups. We have continued with our light topic too and carried out experiments with water and pictures to show the effect of refraction. We couldn’t resist designing some paper planes and seeing if we could get them to fly from the far wall in our classroom down the fire escape(none did but some flew very close!).
What do scientists do? by year 2
Try stuff out and see if it works
Look at stars and planets and find really weird meteors thousands of miles away
Build robots and design stuff
Mix liquids and see what they do
Invent new things
Look at evidence and see what's what - like in a murder you get big and little evidence
Year 2 are working on a book called "Beware of the Storybook Wolves" where two wolves make a big journey and jump out of the book to make a huge watery mess for Herb to clean up.
We gathered together materials to test for absorbency. We had to find out which material was the most absorbent and which would then be most helpful to Herb.
We were careful to make the test fair by measuring out carefully the amount of water we used.
This week early years have been discovering more about the journey a caterpillar makes during its life time. We have our own class caterpillars which we have been watching closely and making notes of any changes we can see. We have made butterfly finger paintings and caterpillar models in art and Orson even made a pupa out of playdough. The children have also made a time capusle that is not to be opened until 2025 when Reception are in year 6 (Gulp!) When they open the capsule it will take them on their own journey through time as they look back fondly at their time in Early years.
Year 1 found out about the journey of a plastic bag. They understand now how important it is to recycle and reuse so the plastic does not end up in the oceans.
Eurotunnel is one of the wonders of the modern world.
It still holds the record for the world’s longest under-sea tunnel (at 25 miles).
The earth that was dug out to create the Tunnel could fill Wembley stadium seven times.
The project took more than five years to complete, and involved 13,000 engineers, technicians and workers.
One of the boring machines used is buried under the sea because it was too big to back out – so it turned left and got concreted in!
Since completion in 1994, the equivalent of six times the UK population has crossed through the Tunnel and 80 million vehicles (cars, motorcycles, camper vans, coaches, trucks and more) have boarded the Shuttle since it opened.
During Science week, we asked children to design a poster showing a journey. They were asked to interpret this as they wished with some link to Science. Here are some examples of these. They had some very creative ideas.
What an inspiring week we all had!