Maths and Science Day

Maths and Science Day

On Wednesday, we celebrated Maths and Science at ISCAT!

Nursery and Reception had lots of Maths and Science based activities around their classroom. They also made popcorn! Watching what happened to the kernels and the sound that they made! They also experimented with cornflour and water to discover what the mixture feels like, measuring the quantities, working on the concept of ‘more’ and ‘less’ and discovering how it affected the substance.

Year 1 linked their experiment to their current topic ‘Minibeasts’ and investigated which food ants like best out of 5 different foods, such as oats, ketchup and sugar. Javier said, “I thought that the ants would like the oats but they liked the vegetables more.” Apparently the ants loved the vegetables so much, there were none left!

Year 2/3 investigated which soils are permeable or impermeable. To make it a fair test they used the same amount of water to add to each soil and they measured the same amount of soil into their containers. “We think that the compost is most impermeable because it’s used for plants and keeps the water for them to grow,” agreed Daniel, Pol P. and Sammie.

Year 4’s investigation was linked to their topic of the Ancient Egyptians where they’d been learning about how craftsmen built boats to cross the River Nile. They built different boats to see which design could hold the most marbles before sinking. The variable was the design of the boat, which they made using straws, string and cello tape. They kept the materials to make the boats the same as well as the marbles and the amount of water in the tub in order to make it a fair test. “We found that the strongest boats were the more solid ones with more layers to them as they let in less water as the marbles were added,” explained Paula.

Year 5/6 worked in groups to investigate different variables related to spinners, for example weight, surface area and material. They ensured a fair test when using weight by keeping the spinner and drop point the same but changing the weight. When using different materials Jana said, “We had to work very carefully to make sure that each spinner was exactly the same size to make it a fair test”. Javi, Nil and Marc changed the surface area of their spinners and discovered, “When the surface area is bigger, it creates more air resistance and the spinner takes longer to reach the ground.”

All the classes thoroughly enjoyed these special days, learning lots about fair testing, recording results and how to show these results using charts or graphs.  It was wonderful to watch the children share their knowledge and discoveries with the other Primary classes on Thursday, using lots of scientific and mathematical vocabulary!

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ISCAT Maths & Science Day 2014

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