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This afternoon we are investigating the importance of feathers for penguins! We are using magnifying class to at the structure and the different parts of a feather!
We then investigated what would happen to feathers in water. We realised that feathers are waterproof!
This afternoon e had a variety of materials to test how animals keep warm. We tested how our hands felt in water oil and lard. We then put a plastic glove on to see if our hands were insulated better.  
As part of our science topic, “materials”, this afternoon the children have been set a challenge to create a house for a stuffed animal using different materials.  We then discussed if each material has the correct properties to build with. We decided that fabric was the worst as it wasn’t strong or waterproof and we decided that brick was the best because it was strong and waterproof. 

Today we tested a range of materials to see if we could twist, bend, stretch or squash them. We worked in a pair and experimented with each material.

 

Today the children were set a challenge.  On the tables in the classroom there were the following words; plastic, metal, wood, card and fabric. There was lots of different objects on the carpet. The children had to choose an object and decide where to put it without giving any teacher guidance. The children were then put in teams to answer the following questions on post it notes about each material. 
 

  • What is it used for?
  • Where will you find it?
  • What objects are made from it? 
In science, we have started our materials topic. We looked at different objects and sorted into the material they were made from. We discussed how we knew each object was made the material it was made from.
This afternoon we went into the woodlands to investigate micro habitats. The children discussed each micro habitat, what would live there and how it could be described. We use iPads to zoom in and focus on the micro habitats.
Today we sorted different objects into living, dead and never been alive. We discussed how we knew where each items needed to be. The children then added their own ideas to the table.

Today we became scientist! We investigated the importance of washing our hands. We had four apple halves. One of the apple halves was touched by dirty hands, one half was touched by children that had “quickly” washed their hands, one half touched by children who washed their hands using soap and water for a controlled time and an apple half that wasn’t touched at all.  The results were that the apple touched by dirty hands went brown and the apple half that was untouched remained white. 

We discussed how we need to eat a variety of food to keep us healthy because different foods contain different substances such as protein and carbohydrates.  We learnt that a meal should be made up of one third carbohydrates, one third fruit and vegetables and the other third split between dairy, protein and a little bit of fat.

The children made their own ‘balanced plate’ with their favourite foods.

 

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