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Science Week: W.C. 14th October 2019

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Monday- English (P4C)

In English, we took a Philosophy for Children approach and we celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the first landing on the moon. Firstly, in our groups we looked at the poem “The Wonders of Space” by Geraldine Taylor and picked out the concepts that linked the poem to Space. Then we created questions based on what we would like to investigate further and voted for our favourite one. We chose the question “How does gravity work?” After that, we thought about which 3 important items we would take on a trip to space and explained why by independently recording our thoughts and opinions in our books.

Monday- Music

In music, we listened to the compositions of Gustav Holst called the “Planet Suites”. We listened to Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn and as a class we closed our eyes and pretended we were in space wandering these planets. As our eyes were closed, we thought about the tempo, pitch and how the music made us feel? Furthermore, we had to listen extra carefully so we could pick out the instruments that Holst used in his orchestral compositions. As a class, we mindmapped our thoughts and opinions before voting for our favourite composition.

Monday- PE

Before PE, we took a vote in music 🎶 to find out which composition piece we liked the most from Holst. As a class, we decided upon “Mars: Bringer of War” and created an interpretive dance based on our thoughts we recorded when listening to the song. We wanted to portray a space battle and used different levels and sharp movements to show danger, fear and chaos of the war happening in outer space.

Please see the video of our “Mars: Bringer of War” interpretive dance coming soon! 

Tuesday- Mr Coutts Science Enquiry

In the morning, we met with Mr Coutts for an alien investigation. A rock or substance had landed on the grounds of our school and we had to use investigation, observation and enquiry to explore what it was. In Year 3, we still believe it to be an alien egg covered in space jelly. 

Tuesday- English

In English we started the research the first landing on the moon which happened on the 20th July 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrid were in space for 4 days before returning to Earth on 24th July 1969. We watched the 50th Anniversary clip of the moon landing and made a mind map in partners to support us with our future writing of a diary entry as Neil Armstrong on his brave and heroic exploration.

Tuesday- Active Maths

In Maths, Miss Wright told us about her alien friend who had gone on a trip to space. Miss Wright was sneaky and set up word problems around the KS2 playground. Our word problems were based on our topic of adding and subtracting multiples of 10/100 from 3 digit numbers. But these word problems had an outer space twist! For each question we got right in our teams, Miss Wright gave us a letter towards the whereabouts of her alien friend. Eventually we found out.... “HE IS ON MARS!”

Wednesday- Becoming a Scientist talk

In the morning, Mr Coutts spoke with KS2 about the meaning behind Science. We learned that science can be broken down into biology, chemistry and physics. We got to look at what a real laboratory looks like and learned about some very famous scientists. It was empowering to know that in modern day society both men and women can work in the field of science and that science forms the basis of many jobs that we would like when we are older, for example, teachers, doctors, nurses, mechanics, artists and even musicians.

Wednesday- Mr Coutts Gravity Talk

In the afternoon, Mr Coutts came to our classroom to explore the space theme of “Gravity”. We investigated the meaning of gravity and looked into how gravity is different between Earth and in space. Then, we learned about how gravity differs between planets in our solar system. Mr Coutts explained how no matter what our mass on Earth was, everyone experienced gravity that pulls you to the centre of the Earth. We investigated the affect of gravity on mass using Rice Krispies by weighing them and then crushing them to show a possible change. We found in both cases they weighed similar results and gravity was still a force acting upon them, even though they were much smaller pieces now.

Thursday- Our Warrington Museum trip (Rocks/Minerals)

On Thursday morning, we visited Warrington Museum for a workshop delving deeper into our rocks/minerals and soils topic. After a short walk from school to the museum, we got to explore and learn about the 3 types of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous. Alongside our observations, enquiry and explorations of these types of rocks, we also got to check out the other amazing artefacts and artwork the museum had to offer!

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