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Respect

The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond

Excellence

The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.

Aspiration

The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.

Cooperation

The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.

Happiness

The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Science

Summer Term

Working Scientifically

Materials:

To continue our working scientifically requirements Miss Levy planned another investigation all about materials for us!  We were introduced to Discovery Dog and his naughty niece Nora who was a puppy.

Within the story we were told that late one night Nora couldn't get outside and ended up leaving a puddle on the kitchen floor but poor Discovery Dog didn't see it and landed paws first but he only had a plastic bag to mop it up with.  It didn't work so we had to find out which material was best to clean up Nora's puddle.

We identified potential materials which might help us; wood, fabric, tissue paper, glass and plastic.  Some of us even made an excellent detailed prediction giving reasons why.  The majority predicted that the fabric would help Discovery Dog but it was time to find out properly.

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After careful investigations under the supervision of Ms Levy the children found out that fabric and tissue paper would be the best materials to help Discovery Dog clean up as they both were able to soak up the puddle!  Further discussion led us to identify this property as the material being absorbent.

Plants:

Through our previous Science lessons we learnt that any plant needs sunlight, water and nutrients found in the soil to grow.  As a class we decided our investigation would be to see how changing the amount of sunlight effects the growing of a plant but first we had to plant the seeds, here our 'over and above' children of the day helped Miss Levy complete the planting task whilst others verbalised and wrote the instructions to follow.

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We then had to decide where the best place to leave them would be in our classroom; the children decided one should be left on the window sill as this gets lots of sunlight, one should go inside the cupboard as it would get no light.  The remaining 2 should be placed with abit of light and under the whiteboard and underneath Miss Connor's desk where the ideal locations.  We agreed to continue watering them for a few weeks and look at their growth next term but first we had to make a prediction!

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The majority of the children predicted that the plant we left on the window sill would grow the tallest because it would have the most sunlight to help it grow.  They also thought the plant in the cupboard would be the shortest and that the other two plants might grow a little bit.

We'll have to wait, watch and see ....

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