Rockets

On Monday afternoon as part of our science we made rockets and looked at the science behind how rockets get to space. The children mixed ENO powder with water, which is a fizzy powder. When we added the powder to water, it produces a harmless gas caked carbon dioxide. This is what makes fizzy drinks fizz. The gas builds up inside the rocket, building up pressure, until eventually the rocket is blasted off.

We had lots of fun! Some rockets went really high.

Astbury mere

This morning we have had our first session at astbury mere, it has been so much fun. We learnt how to build a raft, tie knots correctly and had fun trying them out in the water, lots of us ended up falling in the water.

DT/science project

This week Year 4 have been extremely busy working on a project. The children have learnt all about electricity during their science lessons and have put this to good use this week when being faced with a scenario.

The scenario was that – Elena is fed up with her baby brother coming into her bedroom and messing it all up, she wants to put an alarm on the door so she knows when he tries to go in. Can you design a battery-powered circuit for Elena to help her solve the problem?

The children worked hard to research how they could do this, spent time planning how they were going to do their design and finally made their alarm systems. Every group managed to make an alarm that sounded when a door was opened.

The children evaluated their designs and said what was good about them and how they could improve them next time, well done Class 4.

Planetarium

Today we had a planetarium in and the children were able to visit the dome and find out even more information about space. The children took a look at the planets, the solar system, the Milky Way and some astronauts who had visited space. The children had time to ask questions, some of these were amazing and found out even more information.
When the children got back to the classroom they wrote down any unanswered questions and then they had time to find out the answers.
Following on from this they did space themed art, we used gold and silver paint to create a star effect in the background and then used watercolours to recreate the colours of the p,abets. The children then used some spray oil based inks to complete the space effect. These are currently drying but we can’t wait to show you the finished product.
Another great day – we love science week.

Grow!

The theme for Science week is ‘growth’ so to link in with this we have been investigating growth and what variables affect growth.
To do this, we are have put spring onions into 30ml of water and over the next 11 days we will be measuring them to see how much they have grown. They have all been measured at 4.5cm and their roots are all 1.5cm. We have popped them in the quad in the sunshine (let’s hope the weather stays on our side).
Each day we have to check the temperature outside. We will keep you informed of the growth we have.

Crash landing

On Monday morning, we came into school to find out that something unusual had happened over the weekend. Aliens had crash landed in the quad.

We worked through a range of activities and challenges to understand what the aliens were saying, what they liked and disliked and finally helped them to feel safe on planet Earth. We had to use our essential skills in order to succeed. The skills are; listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.

Football tournament

Last night, some of the year 3 and 4 children took part in a football competition at Congleton High School. The team performed amazingly well and overall came 4th place, some of the games had really high scores and the team spirit matched their football skills.

Well done boys!