Tag Archives: Science

Tree planting

While the P7s were on their second John Muir day, the P6s had an afternoon of tree planting. Firstly we helped John to plant the Queen’s jubilee trees, then we took some willow cuttings and planted them and finally we potted up some sycamore seedlings to plant next year. Everyone worked very hard and we’re looking forward to seeing another area of woodland grow up 1 Star (1 votes, average: 1.00 out of 1)
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The Winners of the Musical Instrument Contest are…

Today we finally had our musical instrument contest. The criteria was to make an instrument that was creative and could play a recognisable tune. The children have been working on this for a few weeks and there was a fantastic range of ideas.
After a lot of hard decision-making Ms Scanlan thought that Fearne had made an instrument that played the best tune and Fiona, Hannah and Eveline and Isla and Kathryn’s groups had included the most creative ideas. Mrs Henderson came in to see them all and we both thought that everyone had worked really well on the task.
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Welcome back and a Happy New Year

It has been lovely to see everyone back in school this year. Our topic for the first part of this term is Sound. After completing a formative assessment task, where we remembered what we already know about sound, we had a fun afternoon making string telephones and testing how well sound travels through different materials. 1 Star (2 votes, average: 1.00 out of 1)
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Moja Island Renewable Energy

This afternoon we worked in groups to find out a bit more about the different types of renewable energy and what are the best ones to use in different environments.
The children were scientists and had to work out what would be the best energies to use in their villages on Moja Island. We had lots of great discussions and group work.
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Witch’s brew / chemical reactions

This afternoon we found out about chemical reactions with acid and alkalines. We used coloured water, oil, bicarbonate and citric acid (see a similar recipe below). They looked great!

https://home.ioi.london/watch/how-to-make-a-lava-lamp

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British Council Climate Project with Nepal

This week P7 will be bringing home a survey to help them to start their Climate Project. They will be asking long term residents of Shetland questions about environmental and biodiversity changes here over the last few decades. It will be really interesting to hear what they find out. The project information is below. Thank you for your help.

P7 and P6/7 (from August) are taking part in a collaborative project ‘Pairing Communities in Scotland and Nepal to tackle climate change’. This project that has been funded by the British Council. For more information, please look at the following link: https://www.britishcouncil.org/arts/culture-development/our-stories/creative-commissions

• Collaborators: University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Tribhuvan University (Nepal), Teach for Nepal, Midlothian Council (Scotland)
• Climate change theme: Biodiversity; Air pollution
Synopsis
This project will partner school children in Nepal – a country truly impacted by climate change but not as developed in terms of green behaviours, with communities in Scotland – a country dedicated to taking measures but not as obviously affected. Through the collaboration, school children from ten schools in each country will perform parallel environmental measurement experiments and share stories, actions and findings. The children will share experiences through video pen pal exchanges to explore which of their interventions are most successful and to learn more about each other’s climates.
Experiments and pupil-led field research will include testing air and water pollution levels, litter analysis and measuring CO2 levels, temperature and rainfall – working with older pupils to assemble and programme weather stations. The findings of their experiments will be used as the foundation for school and wider community level eco-committees to take action specific to the environmental issues most prevalent in their area.
The eco-communities across Scotland and Nepal will share their successes and challenges with the ultimate aim of finding the most innovative solutions – supported through the establishment of an annual prize. Pupils will also create artworks promoting sustainable messages and will work alongside comic artists, produce blogs and journalistic reports.