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December 15, 2020

Have we caught your attention? Did you work out the anagram for the real title of Practical Science?

While it has been a little challenging for schools to provide practical scientific experiences during times of social distancing, Year 4 have found lots of creative ways to learn about Solids, Liquids and Gases as well as Sound.

The girls have completed many investigations and concentrated on the skills surrounding investigative work. Firstly, observation skills were introduced to Year 4 by emptying a fruit teabag into a glass of water. The girls watched in amazement as particles floated, sunk, then floated back up again and swirled around, leaving a trail of pink behind. The demonstration was also filmed allowing slow-motion analysis of the event to take place later on in the lesson. It is amazing how a few tiny particles of fruit can lead to unbelievable theories and discussion!

Other skills Year 4 have learned in Science include using a thermometer when investigating melting points. While it is obvious to adults that water freezes at 0°c and boils at 100°c children need to see it with their own eyes and experience it first-hand. Girls in Year 4 also measured how much salt will dissolve into different temperatures of water followed by an investigation on which substances do and do not dissolve. One class were very creative in sourcing ingredients to dissolve from kitchen cupboards at home! The basic principles of investigative science were kept throughout as the girls identified the variables in each experiment and which ones would remain constant to ensure fair testing conditions.

In this year of incredibly challenging firsts, the foundations of STEM learning have been firmly established in Year 4 and we are so proud of them for soaking up all of the Scientific knowledge available to them. N-ice work, girls!