It’s Competition Time!

Don’t miss your chance to get involved in Space Week on the 4th – 10th of October through entering our competition.

For a chance to win your very own Little Labs Stars and Planets Creative Kit, you need to create a 3D model of an invented planet. This must include details about the planets name, shape, size (compared to earth) and age. Do people live on your planet and what unique feature does it have?

Entries must be submitted to Miss Charles by the 10th of October. The winner will be revealed in assembly after the Science Ambassadors have voted for their favourite invented planet. Good luck!

Food Chains

LO: To interpret and construct a variety of food chains.

For Science this week in Year 4, the children enjoyed a hands on approach to learning about food chains. Each child was given an organism and the opportunity to conduct some research on what their organism eats. The children then stood in a circle holding their name tag in front of them.When β€˜Go!’ was said, the children were challenged to get themselves into food chains. Classes then discussed the food chains they had created, checking they were correct. They also discussed if there were any organisms left over that we could include in an existing food chain. This activity was repeated several times to see how many food chains
could be created as a class and support them in their independent tasks.


OLSJ’s Vision and Principles of Science Teaching and Learning

Staff and pupil voice are important components in improving teaching and learning at OLSJ. The following vision and principles for the teaching and learning of Science derive from a combination of pupil and staff voice. They have been made into child friendly language to make them more accessible to our pupils.

Our Vision: Through a practical, enquiry-based approach, we will grow into the scientists of the future. An engaging curriculum will allow us to question and learn about the world we live in’.

Our Principles:

Science Day- Civil Engineering with Miss Finnegan

In Zechariah class, Year 5 students were assuming the roles of Civil Engineers. Our job was to design and build a bridge using everyday materials that would be able to bear the weight of a book.

Students worked in pairs and were given a huge pile of drinking straws, some sellotape, two piles of books (to create a bridge support) and another book as a weight to test. Initially, some students predicted that the bridge would not be able to function, as the straws were way too bendy to support any weight. Applying more straws only meant the straws rolled off the bridge support when the book was placed onto it. Many teams started to lay many straws next to each other, making a raft-like shape using sellotape. This strengthened the structure dramatically, and did indeed hold the weight of the book when it was placed on top.

Not only did we learn a lot about the work of a Civil Engineer during this lesson, but we also had a lot of fun! πŸ™‚

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Remember this is your last weekend to prepare your entry for our Science Week Competition.

Here are the details if you have forgotten.

NASA has discovered 7 new earth-like planets.

Imagine that one of these planets is 50% water and 50% ice and another planet has temperatures that can reach 100 degrees Celsius.

Design an animal that would survive on one of these planets.

What features would they need to have? Think of different animals we have on earth and how their features suit their habitat in order to survive.

You can present your creature in any way you think best – it could be a model, a painting, a poster or presented digitally. You also must label or explain how these features enable this creature to survive.

There will be 4 prizes – EYFS. KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2.

Deadline date for applications: 16.03.2017 to Miss Cargill in Year 2