What a great Science, Maths and Engineering week the children have had.
The children really enjoyed the visit to Waitrose on Tuesday as part of our ‘Keeping Healthy’ topic. They found out about different foods that keep us healthy and Sarah, who looked after us for the morning was very impressed with the children’s knowledge of healthy foods.
We started our visit by having a look around the shop to explore the various aisles. The children were asked to think about ‘healthy food’ and where the different items came from (vegetables, fish, cheese, etc,). They also heard about the different aspects of how food is stored within the shop to keep it all fresh. After a walk around the aisles the children had the opportunity to explore the storage facilities upstairs. We looked at where fruit and vegetables are kept and the walk-in freezer where the temperature usually reaches -21C. It was so cold, we even caught glimpse of a penguin!
Whist there, we also sampled some delicious food and drink such as olive bread, pomegranate, mango, dried apple and pomegranate juice.
A big thank you to all parents who accompanied us on our trip, it was much appreciated.
On Wednesday, Mrs Cowley and her team, Mr Barassa, Mrs Gillham, Mr Lucuk, Mrs O’Mahoney, Mr Pagan and Mrs Thomas set the children a task to design a bridge using straws, card, paper clips and masking tape. The children had a fantastic time and I was very impressed with how the children quickly stepped up to the challenge. Afterwards, they had to measure and test their structure to see if cars could travel over it and how many jelly babies it would hold. Well done to team Gillham for creating the longest structure.
On Thursday, Mr and Mrs Mash visited Year One with their two assistants, Amelia and Larissa. The children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about how different liquids react with one another, colour mixing, the human body, using their sense of smell to predict what ingredients were hidden, looking through a microscope to find out if butterflies had hairy legs and how batteries and solar power is used to provide energy.
In the outdoor area, Mrs O’Mahony and Mrs Thomas helped the children observe a colourful science experiment with ‘skittles’ when a little warm water was added. It was surprising how quickly the sugar coating dissolved but the results were amazing. The children also enjoyed the ‘walking water’ experiment and were able to observe water ‘walking’ along paper towels to fill an empty cup. The vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in a balloon was also a big hit with the children and the adults especially!