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Wow! What a week we had here at Bedlington Station Primary for British Science Week 2019!
Science Week was launched by our special guest Professor Brainstorm. He performed a science show based on magic for us.. reminding us at the end that no actual magic had taken place.. it was all science!
Then Professor Crankpot visited and gave us all our Science Week Passports. We all got to become Scienteers for the week, collecting stamps for our passports for every investigation we took part in.
Here is just a few examples of the investigations we took part in!
We are already excited for Science Week 2020!
15 children from Chestnut class attended a year 3 multi skills festival, where they did a range of activities such as: hurdles, skipping, throwing and catching, and lots of other fun games. During their time at the festival, members of staff from the sports centre were looking for one school to be chosen for a Spirit of the Games award. At the end, the staff announced that it was Bedlington Station year 3 children that had won the award for showing some amazing skills! These skills included: respect, honesty, determination, passion, teamwork and self belief. Well done year 3!
We celebrated World Book Day on Friday 8th March at BSPS. The day started off with sharing stories and story sacks at breakfast club. We loved reading our favourite pictures books with some of our friends while we had our breakfast! We then had the chance to share our favourite stories at break and lunch times, taking our books outside and finding a quiet corner to enjoy them. Then came the fun part! In the afternoon, in our classes, we got to go to different classrooms around the school
and listen to the teachers reading their favourite stories! This included The Gruffalo, The Giant Jam Sandwich, Peace at Last and The Scarecrow’s Wedding. The teachers thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories to all ages of children, and we all had an amazing time listening to some stories we may not have heard before. We then all got to take home a book token to take to a local book shop to exchange for a free book.
What a fantastic day had by all, celebrating our love of reading!
This week was all about fingerprints! Are they really all different? How could they find out?
Using magnifying glasses they studied their own fingerprints, comparing them with each other.
They then made prints of their own fingerprints, looking closely at the curves and patterns. Using these prints to then create giant chalk images of them.
They were finally asked to identify their own fingerprints from their fingerprints which we collected at the start of the session. Alyssa was the only one to identify her own… well done Alyssa!
This week Scienteers got to create a volcanic eruption! Or as the Scienteers would say… create a chemical reaction!!
They mixed an acid and alkali together to cause the exciting reaction. Noticing lots of bubbles which they knew were the gases the reaction had created!
They then got to perform an experiment which made them appear to be magic!
They were challenged to see how many pencils they could push through a bag filled with water. It was so much fun!
Amazing to think it was the molecules in the bag stopping the water spilling out.
This week Scienteers got to become paleontologists. They discussed different dinosaurs, in particular their skeletons. Talking about what they looked like. They discussed that a Velociraptor had a long tail that acted as a counterbalance, that an ostrich dinosaur had long legs to help it run fast as well as talking about the fact a Diplodocus was built like a suspension bridge.
The challenge was to work out how to put dinosaur bones together. Could they use their knowledge of dinosaur bones to create their own dinosaur skeleton that could stand up? It was a lot trickier than they expected!
This week was all about fingerprints.. are they really all different? How could we prove it? Would we be able to identify our own fingerprint?
Scienteers carried out a brilliant investigation, carefully using equipment to look at and record their own fingerprints. Massive well done to Holly, who was the only Scienteer to identify her fingerprint when they were all printed together.
Another step closer to achieving their Crest Awards!