Leswalt Kicks Off British Science Week!

Friday 8th March saw the start of British Science Week – a ten day celebration of all things Science-y!

So, P1-3 hit the ground running this morning.  We joined in with a live lesson hosted by Glasgow Science Centre and Caitlin from the Marine Conservation Society.
We learned some brilliant facts about the coastline and marine animals around Scotland.
Scotland has 61% of UK waters and it is home to some amazing animals like flapper skates, basking sharks and occasionally leatherback turtles.
We learned about the dangers of litter in the ocean and our part in helping to stop this.  80% of ocean litter comes from inland.  Putting our rubbish in the bin and taking part in litter picks are great ways to stop rubbish making its way to our oceans.
Not to be left out, P5-7  joined a BBC Live Lesson which looked at invertebrates and lifecycles. This was really interesting! Pupils learnt about complete and incomplete metamorphosis, classifying insects, the study of insects and tardigrades – in fact, lots of new information. Our brains were buzzing with new facts! Even better, our new Science topic for term 3/4 is based on Lifecycles, Inheritance, Survival and Extinction and so this was a perfect starter!
In addition, one of P5-7’s morning starters this week is a British Science Week challenge to create a pendulum timer. Will anyone manage to design a timer which swings 10 times in 30 seconds?! Watch this space….
UPDATE! Ewan Clark smashed the BSW challenge!
Tuesday saw P5-7 starting their new topic ‘Lifecycles, Inheritance, Survival and Extinction’ with an in-depth look into inherited genes. They used these to create Reebops using a Science box on loan from Stranraer Academy. Each Reebop was unique as it had a combination of shared genes from their mother and father – just as we do!
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