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Enriching Experiences

Making Observations in the Science Garden


Year 4 have been exploring local habitats in their Science lessons and comparing them to habitats in the wider environment. They have observed living things closely in the Science garden - we identified many living things from worms to bees to flowers! We also discovered and made predictions about how the habitat would change throughout the year.

British Science Week 2020


The theme of this year's British Science Week is 'Our Diverse Planet'. During this week, we have been thinking about what it means to be diverse, as well as identifying things on our planet that are divers - from people, to materials, to habitats!


Our children have used these ideas and carried out their own research to create posters for the British Science Association's poster competition celebrating diversity on our planet. 

Electricity Workshop


This week, Year 4 took part in a wonderful electricity workshop with Mr. B! We learnt about the history of electricity including how the ancient Greeks discovered static electricity by rubbing amber. We were also introduced electrons and how they move around a circuit to make electrical appliances work – we modelled this using a balloon as our electrons! After learning about both static and free flowing electricity, it was time to move on and have a go ourselves at creating some simple circuits. We got to make bulbs, buzzers, switches and motors work, as well as sending each other some messages in Morse code using our switch!

Working Scientifically - will the bulb light up?

Our children have been using their knowledge of circuits to predict and test whether the bulb would light up in each of the example circuits.

Birds of Prey


Today we were visited by the Welsh Birds of Prey centre to learn about some amazing birds of prey! During the session, the children learnt lots of information about the diets, habitats and distinguishing features of the different birds displayed. This linked with many of our Science topics including classification. Our favourite bird was the naughty Eurasian Eagle owl! Some children were lucky enough to be chosen to handle the birds and even walk with them back to their perch. Well done to all of the children who were brave and sensible in handling the birds! Here are some of our favourite snaps from the day: