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Science

7.3.18

Year 6 had a visitor from a very special STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador today. Dr Rinke Vinkenoog is a lecturer at Northumbria University and he came in to teach the children about evolution and adaptation. Rinke was also Mr Bell's lecturer when he was at University studying for his MSc in Biotechnology seven years ago.

 

Chris, a STEM ambassador and student of Rinke's at Northumbria University, also came to help deliver the session. It was great to have 'real scientists' share their incredible knowledge and expertise with us.

Dr Rinke Vinkenoog - STEM Ambassador and lecturer at Northumbria University.

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Picture 2 Dr Rinke Vinkenoog discussing adaptation.
Picture 3 Dr Rinke Vinkenoog discussing adaptation.
Picture 4 Dr Rinke Vinkenoog discussing adaptation.
Picture 5 One of these is a real bee. But which one?
Picture 6 Creating an invertebrate evolutionary tree.
Picture 7 Creating an invertebrate evolutionary tree.
Picture 8 Creating an invertebrate evolutionary tree.
Picture 9 Creating an invertebrate evolutionary tree.
Picture 10 Creating an invertebrate evolutionary tree.
Picture 11 But where does the Duck Billed Platypus belong?
Picture 12 Classification using Liquorice Allsorts.
Picture 13 How should we group them?
Picture 14 Classification tree.
Picture 15 Dr Rinke Vinkenoog working with a team.
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Picture 17 Wow! There are over 250 species of bee!
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Picture 19 Chris - STEM ambassador and student at Northumbria
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Year 6 have been learning about Charles Darwin. They conducted research using texts and video clips before creating an educational video for use by children wanting to learn about this extremely influential figure in evolutionary science.

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Who Dunnit? Westerhope investigates a stolen painting using forensic science skills.

At approximately 5.56pm on Wednesday 7th February, an original 'Rilee' painting was stolen from the grounds of Westerhope Primary School. The lost work of French landscape artist Marcel Rilee - said to be worth a minimum of £30,000 pounds - had been on display in the front entrance of the school for over a week and heavily guarded throughout the day.

Twelve suspects are due to be questioned by police as they were known to still be on the premises around the time of the theft. Evidence has been collected and is pending inspection by the children of Westerhope Primary School who will use their Forensic Science skills to assist police in identifying the culprit.

 

Here's a snapshot of our two days spent as forensic scientists!

'Who Dunnit' Launch Assembly

 

Marcel Riley turned up to collect his painting - he wasn't pleased when we had to tell him it had gone missing. We looked at the evidence trail that had been left by the culprit and decided who would investigate what.

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We searched the school grounds for any sign of fingerprints. When we found one we used the magnifying glasses to look at them closely. We found a pink fingerprint in the crime scene which matched Mr Devlin's fingerprint!

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Year 1 investigated the footprint at the scene of the crime.

Year 2

Year 2 investigated the fingerprints left at the scene of the crime.

Year 3

Year 3 investigated arm length and practised taking accurate measurements. They were able to tell how long the culprits arm would have had to have been in order to remove the painting from the secure display.

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Year 4 investigated the ransom note that was left at the crime scene. By using chromatography they were able to identify the pen that was used to write the note. They looked at the patterns each pen left on the chromatography paper and interpreted their results in a variety of ways. They were able to narrow the search to just 4 suspects!

Year 5

Year 5 found a mysterious powder left at the crime scene. They searched the school for a variety of powders and analysed samples of each in a series of mini investigations. They used microscopes to look at the structure of the powder and iodine to determine if it contained starch. They were able to determine that the powder was indeed corn starch - an item on Mr Devlin's bio.

 

Year 5 also enjoyed using chromatography to confirm the results from year 4 and 6. They were also lucky enough to have help from a STEM ambassador - a biomedicine student from Northumbria University.

Year 6

Year 6 used the ransom note left at the crime scene to determine which pen was used to write it. They developed new vocabulary such as stationary phase, mobile phase, solvent etc to discuss the patterns they were observing when the inks travelled up the paper. The children represented their results as a graph and were able to narrow the suspects down to just four.

 

On day two, we applied our maths skills to determine the height of the culprit using the footprint left at the scene of the crime. They learnt that the length of a person's foot is approximately 15% of his/her height. They used this information to determine the approximate height of the culprit.

Delivering the evidence in assembly and identifying the culprit.

Despite identifying Mr Devlin as the culprit, it came to light that it was in fact Mr Bell and Mrs Dawes who set the whole thing up as a way of getting the children to work scientifically. The painting wasn't missing after all!

Thursday 1st February

Year 3 had a visit today from a nutritionist today to help us understand what we should be eating to keep our bodies healthy. She showed us the healthy eating plate and we had to decide which foods went into each group. She was very impressed with our knowledge and we scored 15/15 in the end of session quiz. Well done Year 3.

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Science Day at the Great North Museum. Mr Bell took nine budding scientists to the museum to develop their enquiry based learning skills. They looked at the fossil collection and the 'Living Planet' displays before choosing their favourite item to learn more about. They then learned to ask better questions using the question stem bands. We spent the afternoon looking at how animals are adapted to their environment and we even created our own animals by combining body parts in a 'Chimera' fashion. It was lovely listening to the children explain how their new creature was adpated to its environment.

Reception children have had great Halloween fun exploring all things pumpkins on our Investigation Station!

Year 4 - States of Matter

Wow! Year 4 have been amazing scientists! They observed, investigated and researched states of matter and the water cycle. They then presented their work to Year 3 at a Science Fair. We were very impressed with their progress. 

Year 2 have been investigating the best material to build a house for the Three Little Pigs.

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The children explained which scientific skills they used when they carried out their investigation.

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Year 1 have been looking at life cycles. They incubated some eggs and observed chicks hatching. After several days all the chicks hatched and they were moved into a larger pen with a heater to keep them warm. The teachers have set up a 'chick-cam' to observe their development.
Children had a fantastic day learning 'astromaths' with staff from the Centre for Life. We learned to measure distance using light seconds, light minutes, and light years. We also investigated the optimum angle for launching rockets as well as determining the density of rocks which enabled us to discover which ones were from out of space. We were all amazed when we were told that we were holding a rock that was 4.5 billion years old and was from out of space. Thanks for a great day; we all had so much fun and learnt SO MUCH!

LIFE visit Westerhope!

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Pupils worked together in teams to design, make and launch rockets. They used launch angle as their variable and measured the distance the rock travelled in metres and centimetres. Huston we're ready for launch!

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Year 5 Science Ambassador demonstrating his understanding of our new science unit 'Earth and Space'. Here you can see the before and after shots of his first concept map. He knows a lot about space!

Year 5 Science Ambassador demonstrating his understanding of our new science unit 'Earth and Space'. Here you can see the before and after shots of his first concept map. He knows a lot about space! 1
Year 5 Science Ambassador demonstrating his understanding of our new science unit 'Earth and Space'. Here you can see the before and after shots of his first concept map. He knows a lot about space! 2

These girls worked as a team to answer the question 'How do bees make honey?' They also learnt that nectar is stored in honey comb and that bees waft their wings to evaporate water, leaving behind honey. I (Mr Bell) really enjoyed our conversation at the science display over lunch time. Thanks girls!

These girls worked as a team to answer the question 'How do bees make honey?' They also learnt that nectar is stored in honey comb and that bees waft their wings to evaporate water, leaving behind honey. I (Mr Bell) really enjoyed our conversation at the science display over lunch time. Thanks girls! 1
These learners won the Super Scientist Star award this week with their brilliant answers to the questions 'Is your heart really burning when you have heartburn?' and 'Why do bunnies run away from humans?' I wonder who next week's winners will be? Look out for the question on the science display in the main corridor and our ambassadors will help you to enter the competition.

Our two 'Super Science Stars' with our Year 6 Science Ambassadors

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On Wednesday we had our first Science Ambassadors meeting. We are all very excited to be a part of the science team and to receive our very own lab coats which we will wear in our science lessons. Photos of the important work we are doing in science will follow, so watch this space.

These Year 6 learners enjoyed investigating the effects of adding and moving components within circuits. We had a lot of fun!

These Year 6 learners enjoyed investigating the effects of adding and moving components within circuits. We had a lot of fun! 1

This learner was awarded 'Super Scientist' for her amazing skills when working scientifically to investigate the absorbancy of materials.

This learner was awarded 'Super Scientist' for her amazing skills when working scientifically to investigate the absorbancy of materials. 1
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