National Science Week at SMS
August 12 – 20 saw organisations and schools across the country celebrate National Science Week.
Many of our classes took this opportunity to focus activities and lessons around science; for some classes this was a one-off celebration with a science focus for the day, whilst others have engaged in longer units of work over several weeks.
Here are some of the highlights from our week.
The preschool students explored basic circuits. They discussed how the batteries held the energy we needed to light the bulb and some children experimented in ways to attach the battery pack to the bulb. They soon realised that both wires needed to be attached to form a circuit. The children were fascinated to find that when we added a plastic spoon into the circuit the bulb went out, but a metal spoon conducted the electricity to allow the bulb to remain lit. They are continuing this work over the coming weeks by adding elements such as a buzzer and looking at different forms of energy, such as solar and wind power.
The 2 Reception classes have worked with the Friday program students over several weeks completing several science focussed activities.
Here are some quotes from the students about what they have enjoyed about these lessons:
“We’ve been learning about the parts inside the body with Maria. It was interesting.” Lily W
“We made butterflies with paper towel and pipe cleaners. They were pretty and I did brown and red pipe cleaners. We learnt water gets absorbed.” Tusia
“I’ve been working with Rachel. We made marble rolls. We tested it out and it didn’t work first but then we put some more sticky tape on the cup and then it worked.” Hope
“I’ve been learning about the human body. We learnt lungs breathe air. It was interesting to breathe air in paper tubes like straws. The lungs filled up with air.” Shravenn
“We tested how much water a sponge can hold. We used pipettes. I liked squeezing the sponge to make the water come out.” Lenny
Kristy’s Cycle 2 class have shared about their science work in their own class article so enjoying reading about their explorations in the separate article in this bulletin.
Corey’s Cycle 3 class participated in a world record event called Moonhack. This gave students the opportunity to create a simulator that demonstrates how someone on the moon can jump 6 times higher than on Earth using a coding program called Scratch.
Michelle and Lea’s class had a science celebration morning working in groups to complete a group design challenge to construct the tallest tower they could that would support a basketball for at least 20 seconds using only newspaper and masking tape. They had a variety of design with some being more successful than others. Students also made teabag rockets and learnt about colour gradients with skittles and milk.
Science is a significant focus of our Cultural Studies work throughout the year in all cycles. Science Week was a great way to celebrate and focus on some of this work.
There are many books and websites with simple experiments to do at home so you may want to continue the fun at home with your family.