Category Archives: science

Zoo Lab Visit

Primaries 2 and 3 were treated to a visit from Zoo Lab earlier this week.  The children had the opportunity to learn about a range of animals and how they use their senses.  These hands on workshops were great fun for all of the children and gave them the opportunity to see and handle creatures that they may never have seen before.

Many thanks to Specsavers, Barrhead as they paid for two of the workshops for us.


Science at Carlibar

Science Week 2015 is now in full swing across the classes in the school and CCC.

Parents will be able to see photographs of the experiences that children have had when they visit the school on Thursday 2nd April.

  • The family centre children had a visit from Jon Davis from Think Science on Tuesday.  He brought  his inflatable planetarium and the children thoroughly enjoyed this experience, learning all about our solar system.
  • Primary One learned about electrical safety and took part in different activities to learn more about static electricity.  Have a go at home – give your child a blown up balllon and ask them to show you their static electricity science tricks.
  • Primary 2 pupils have great fun at the Ready Teddy Go Workshop learning about forces.  They worked really well in teams exploring floating , sinking friction and gravity.
  • Primary 3 and 4 learned about magnetic forces in the Marvellous Magnets Workshop and are having lots of fun in class exploring magnets, they have a challenge to create their own game that uses magnetic forces.
  • Primaries 5 and 6 have been making lots of noise! They took part in the Sounds Amazing Show from Generation Science to learn about how sound is generated and travels.  In class they made their own Kazoos to take home. (Parents might want to get some ear plugs!)
  • Primary 7 have been learning about different ways of generating electricity in the Power from the People Roadshow.


Science Week – Family Learning Challenge

Just a reminder from Mrs Fleming that shared family learning projects should be sent into school on Tuesday 31st March. We need time to get them displayed for parents to see when they attend the Easter Service on Thursday 2nd April. Pupils will also get an opportunity to see the projects from across the school.  Lots of children have been telling me about what they are doing at home and it sounds as if we will have a range of really interesting projects.

Just in case the sheet has not made it home – here is an electronic version.

Science week family learning challenge 2015

Science Fun at Carlibar

This week and next week our focus for learning is science.   We have a number of workshops and shows taking place in Carlibar. There is also a shared family learning challenge sheet that has been sent home with a range of science topics for you to choose from.  There will be certificates for everyone taking part and mystery prizes available.

On Tuesday 24th March we have Think Science delivering a workshop on electricity for primary one children and all family centre children will be able to visit the inflatable planetarium to learn more about space.

Thursday 26th March Generation Science are visiting and will deliver the following activites


A fascinating mix of sound, music and the science of noise. In this highly interactive show pupils will investigate the principles of sound; from how a simple noise is made to modern digital music technology. See music come to life in front of your very eyes, and create your own recording with the class!

Friday 27th March Generation Science are visiting and will deliver the following activites


Forces, movement and motion are investigated by our popular teddy bear team in a series of fun and engaging activities for all the class. Our inquisitive bears reveal the principles of gravity, friction and movement demonstrated through challenges that connect science concepts to the real world.


Pupils will discover the secrets of electricity first-hand in this stimulating interactive workshop.
Pupils explore what electricity is, how it can be stored and even create some themselves using our specially designed hand generators.

In this engaging hands-on workshop our storytellers introduce concepts such as magnetic attraction and repulsion, fields and poles. Interactive supported play
allows pupils to explore magnetic forces first hand as they learn about the effects they have on the world around us – like the amazing Northern Lights.


Monday 30th March Think Science will visit again and carry out workshops exploring electricity and building circuits with Primaries 5 and 6.

Tuesday 31st March we will have an assembly for pupils where each class can share their learning.




Solar Eclipse

eclipseThis week the children have been learning all about solar eclipses and why they happen.

Some classes have been looking at a range of artists’ work that feature the sun and eclipses.  They have created their own masterpieces.

Classes have been creating poetry linked to the eclipse with some classes hoping to submit entries to the Edinburgh Science festival’s Sci-Ku poetry competition.

eclipse cloudSome children made safe sun viewers and tested these on Thursday with the Primary 4 class, however it was too cloudy to get good images on the actual day of the eclipse.

We had the televisions set up in the dining hall to show the Star Gazing live broadcast.  The children were amazed to watch the total eclipse and at the same time see how dark it got outside.  As it was so cloudy the children were able to go outside and experience how cold it became during the eclipse and they also noticed that it got windier.  Primary 7 children measured air temperature and wind speed during the eclipse, this was part of a National Science event.  We also had some solar glasses and when we had gaps in the cloud some children were able to use these to view the eclipse.

solar flowerAll classes have been using solar powered toys to monitor the amount of energy reaching us from the sun at different times of the toys



The family centre children took part in Sean Batty’s live eclipse event and are really looking forward to their visit from Jon Davis (Think Science) next week when he brings along an inflatable planetarium to Carlibar for the day.

Primary 7 Project – Help Needed

Primary 7 have started working on a new  project.  They are researching the history of the textile industry in the local area and they are investigating the science behind the production of fabrics and fibres and how these were dyed in the past and in modern times.  They have visited the site of the Darnley bleachfield which is now part of the dams to Darnley Country Park and have visited Barrhead Library to view their historical collections online.

Primary 7 would like your help.  Did you work in this industry or have any family members who did? Do you have any memories of the Levern Mill or photographs of its ruins.  We are interested in any items connected to the history of the mills, printworks, dyeworks, bleachfields. If you have any information that you would be willing to share with us please e-mail

Put Primary 7 – Textile Info as the subject of your email.

Thank you

Science week

We have had another really successful science week at Carlibar.  The children enjoyed a range of interactive workshops and activities throughout the week.





Generation Science, the outreach service from the Edinburgh Science Festival taught Primary 2 children about forces in the Ready, Teddy, Go workshop featuring two bears called Isaac and Newton.

Primaries 3, 4 and the bronze room learned about simple chemical reactions by taking part in Get Fizzy workshops.  Primary 6 investigated chemical reactions and tested the PH of different solutions in the Fizz, Bang, Pop workshops..

Jon Davis from Think Science entertained the children in Primary 5 and Primary 7 with his sound and waves workshops and helped them to learn about how sound is produced. Primary 1 children loved finding out more about different types of weather including how clouds are formed and that lightning is an electrical charge.

Science Week

At the Glasgow Science Centre we looked at the hot and cold areas of our bodies using thermal imaging cameras.

Here are some pictures from Science Week.  Remember to have all Shared Family Learning projects in school by Friday this week at the latest.  We hope that you enjoyed taking part.

Primary 6 scientists worked with P3 and showed them how to make constellation viewers.

Science Week

All of our children have had wonderful experiences during science week.  Our Primary 6 scientists have been working very hard to go around all of the classes and the nursery to demonstrate a range of experiments.  The nursery children and Primaries 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit from Think Science.  The scientist amazed them with lots of demonstrations including making clouds, thunder and lightning. Generation Science are visiting the school tomorrow and will treat all children in Primaries 3-5 to a science show and  workshops for P6 and 7.  We hope that you are enjoying working on the family learning challenge and look forward to seeing all of your entries.