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Paddox Primary School

PaddoxPrimary School

Science Week 2017


Year 1

In Year 1 we had a great day out at Twycross Zoo looking at all the animals and finding out  about their habitats and what they eat.

In class we prepared an instruction booklet for the visit with some important dos and don'ts.

And then after our trip we wrote some amazing recounts of all that happened.


Year 2

Today we investigated what would happen to plants if they don't have everything they need to grow. They need, air, water, space, soil and light. We all planted our own sunflower seeds and made sure we gave them all 5 of its needs. Then we planted some seeds and took one need away from each of them. We put one in the dark cupboard, one in the fridge, one in an airtight lunchbox, one had no soil and one no water. We also put lots of seeds together in one pot so they didn't all have space. We are going to look after our seeds and see what happens to them over the next few weeks. We've made predictions and we'll be able to see what comes true! 

Year 3

Today we made paper structures and thought about how we could make them go the furthest. We used straws and strips of paper. Rosie's went the furthest out of the whole year group!
This afternoon we created our own optical illusions. They made our eyes feel a bit weird!

Year 4

To carry on with our theme of DNA Year 4 have been making models of DNA based on Rosalind Franklin’s x-ray image. The children have been using different colours of card to represent different bases. In the afternoon, the children have been exploring which materials are stronger when trying to withstand a weight.

Year 5

We had a visit from two teachers at Harris School today who did lots of different experiments with us: friction (we had to pull two books which had been intertwined apart - like a tug of war - the girls beat the boys!); sound where we produced different pitches of sound from different sized straws;  and colour, where we learned about what colours make each colour.



The whole school came together after school to share our learning with our parents. First of all, each year group sang a science related song before everyone split off into their house groups. Reception wanted to see what would happen to the colour of skittles if they were covered in water, Year 1 wanted to know what would happen if you put flowers in food colouring and Year 2 wanted to investigate whether the weight of the marble affected the speed that it rolled. In Key Stage 2,  Year 3 found out which citrus fruit gave the biggest reaction, Year 4 wanted to see how many balloons it would take to lift up objects, Year 5 wanted to see the reaction between white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and finally Year 6 made lemon batteries! 

It was a great afternoon and thank you to all of the parents/carers that came along!



Today we looked at the life cycle of a frog and had the opportunity to look at the tadpole's Miss Texeria has in her classroom. We also carried out a floating and sinking experiment and used a number of objects to test in the water - we recorded our results using a table after making predictions. 


Years 3 and 4

Today Years 3 and 4 went to Coombe Abbey. They took part in team game activties which tested their logic, such as how to transport a ball from one line to another using only three drainpipes. They also enjoyed welly wanging! We also took part in pond dipping and found lots of creatures such as water boatmen!



This morning, we invited a range of people in who all use science in their jobs. The children got to listen to a midwife, investigate a crime scene with the police and take part in taste testing, amongst other things! This was a great opportunity for the children to see what careers in science are possible. A big thank you to everyone who gave up their free time to come and talk to the children!