Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Experiments with Ultra Violet Light

Before the Easter holiday we set up some experiments to see how sunlight would affect paper. The children cut out shapes and placed them on card or sugar paper. They then put the paper/card on the window ledge and left them for 3 weeks.

Here are the results:

You can see the outlines of the black shapes really clearly on the sugar paper; in fact the part of the paper that was exposed to the sunlight was almost bleached white and looks as though it has shadows on it where the shapes were dislodged a little. The red colour of the sugar paper was protected by the shape and a strong colour remained underneath it. 

The orange card didn't fade quite as well as the sugar paper but you can still see the shapes if you look really carefully. 

Some shapes were moved off the paper/card during the experiment so there was no outline to see.

Jake suggested that the shapes were acting like sun cream on our skin, preventing the sunlight from reaching the paper or card underneath.

There was no doubt that the sunlight affected the paper/card.

Summer Science: Living Things (Tuesday April 25th)

Today we started our new science project and thought about what we would like to discover during our investigations. Our questions included...

Why are bees attracted to flowers?
Do plants grow below the ground?
What is a bulb?
How tall do plants grow - maybe we should try growing sunflowers! 

This term we will be learning about pollination, fertilisation and germination.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Welcome back my hearties!

This term we will be writing adventure stories so we began by having a pirate day to get us in the mood with lots of pirate activities including painting pirate portraits, making treasure maps and singing sea shanties. We were very lucky to have the company of Mrs Andrew in the afternoon.

Mrs Waller began reading 'Treasure lsland' by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Here are some shots from the day...

Although they look a blood thirsty lot, the children in Barn Owls are really lovely, honestly!

Here we are working out map coordinates in maths:

Tip of the day: always remember to go along the corridor first (x axis) and then up the stairs (y axis)!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Barn Owls Make a Spectacle of Themselves! Tuesday March 28th 2017

We had a really inventive science lesson today on the theme of protecting our eyes from the sun. After discussion about the eye and its component parts we designed and made our own sunglasses...

We chose our own lenses using different materials.

As you can see we had some really groovy ideas! Dame Edna would be proud!

The Light Fantastic! Tuesday March 21st 2017

Today Mrs Waller organised a great afternoon of science experiments so that we could investigate different properties of light including reflection and seeing light through special lenses. Amongst other things we discovered how to walk along a curvy line without looking at it and how to make ourselves look very different by distorting mirrors.