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Science Week

This week is National Science Week. 

Our school was chosen to take part in a space ambassadors program- How exciting!

Because of this we have decided to use space for the basis of our investigations and learning this week. In KS1 our learning question is 'Could you be an Astronaut?' 

Today we kicked off with an exciting balloon rocket investigation. First we worked in teams to design and problem solve with the equipment we were given... A balloon, some string, a straw and two pieces of tape. 

We needed to fire the rocket more than 5 meters using only theses items.

This was a really tricky task and we only had some help from Miss Austin- we had to use our own problem solving and reasoning skills! After we had been in our 'learning pit' for a while we worked together to find the best way to launch the rocket.

We made predictions about how far our rocket would move based on how much air was in the balloon. We then tested our theories and used a trundle wheel to measure the distance.

Here are some photos of our investigation... We had a lot of fun!

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On the last day of science week we had the exciting opportunity to work with our key stage tribes!

All of the Eagles went to Miss Austin's classroom and took part in a moon landing investigation.

Our aim was to land our astronaut egg without smashing him to pieces!

First we worked in groups to design a pod that we could test. After that we took our designs out and launched them from a height. Only TWO survived the fall. After lunch we took the two working models and combined them into one mega design with all the safety features we could use. The children worked really effectively in their tribe. It was lovely to observe the older children helping and guiding some of our foundation children, who were very brave to come and work with a new teacher for a whole day. Go Eagles!