IT'S SCIENCE WEEK!
This week is science week so we're going to be doing lots of science this week. Can you try any of these at home?
What do you already know about the digestive system?
If you have the following equipment at home, you can have a go at the following experiment:
Equipment per class:
Step 1: Show children some food they might eat in a day and put it in the bowl (the mouth). You can use scissors and cups to represent the incisors and molars, or just break up/ pour in. We also have liquids during the day so pour some juice in here too.
Step 2: The contents we eat goes down to our stomach (the zip lock bag). So, here, you need to pour the contents of the bowl into the bag. Inside the bag, pour in some vinegar (which represents the stomach acid to break up the food further). You can show this by scrunching the contents around in a bag.
Step 3: Cut a hole at the edge of the bag and pour into the top of the tights) (above the bowl to drain into) and squish the mixture down the tights (the large and small intestines to represent the water being absorbed by the body.
Step 4 (optional): You can either just use the liquid coming out the tights to represent the nutrients coming out of the food and into the bloodstream or dip the tights into water (red dyed) for a more visual representation for the children.
Step 5: Once the mixture is at the bottom of the tights, cut a small hole at the bottom and push out the mixture as if it is a poo.
L.I. To explore the anatomy of teeth and oral hygiene.
What do you think we're learning about today? Watch a video about the structure of teeth here.
Why is it important to brush your teeth and have regular visits to the dentist? Click here to listen to what an oral hygienist does as a job.
What foods are good for our teeth? What foods are bad for our teeth?
We are going to be doing an experiment today to see how an acid attack can destroy the enamel, or the outer surface of our teeth to help you to understand the importance of good oral hygiene.
Place these liquids into each cup and put and egg into each cup. You are going to leave the egg in here for 2-3 days to see what happens to the egg shell. Write a prediction about what you think might happen.
L.I. To learn about a significant figure in history.
Have you heard about Stephen Hawking before? Who is he? What does he do? How might he be breaking stereotypes?
Have a look through the following PowerPoint all about Stephen Hawking then create a fact file all about him.
L.I. To explore memory and the human brain.
We’re going to be look at memory today. There’s long-term and short-term memory. What do you think the difference is? Let’s all think about something from our long-term memory and share ideas. Now we’re going to play a game with our short-term memory.
Play the shopping list game at home with your bubble:
I went to the shop and I bought an apple and a ball.
Have a go at this online game of pairs or if you have a set at home, you can play with them.
Why do you think these games help us with our memory?
You are now going to create your own game of pairs.
Step 1: Get a piece of paper and cut it into 16 equal pieces.
Step 2: Create 8 pairs of the same pictures on a card (e.g. 2 cards with hearts on, 2 cards with stars on, 2 cards with triangles on, 2 cards with squares on, 2 cards with circles on, 2 cards with diamonds on, 2 cards with rectangles on and 2 cards with kites on)
Step 3: You are ready to play your own game of pairs.