08 February 2019

Wolverhampton - Science Week 2019

Wolverhampton - Science Week 2019

Science Week in Preschool
We have had so much fun in Preschool this week looking at lots of different experiments, from colour mixing to magic bubbles! Through participation in interactive, hands on activities we have been able to not only learn but understand some scientific concepts, and had great fun too.

Walking Rainbow
One of our favourite things we like to draw is a rainbow. We wanted to see what other ways we could make a rainbow, so we tried this experiment.
We had 7 different pots and only put water in pots 1, 3, 5 and 7. Then added red, yellow and blue food colouring into them. We then joined them together using kitchen roll so it looked like little rainbows between each.
We then watched and waited. Straight away we saw the coloured water walking up and over the rainbow. Then after some time the colours started mixing to make new colours. This was amazing!

Magnets
What is Magnetic? That is the question...

We set out a variety of plastic, wooden and metal objects on our tray. Then using our magnet we had to see which would stick to the magnet and which wouldn’t. We learnt that the objects that stuck to our magnet were all made out of metal, but plastic and wooden objects were not magnetic!

Magic Expanding Paint
We made our own paint using flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and coloured water. Then using squeezy bottles we made some pictures and patterns. Nicky then put it in the microwave for 15 seconds and that is when the magic happened!
Our pictures all fluffed up on the paper. It felt all soft and fluffy and looked like sponge cake.
It was pure magic!

Yeast
How does yeast activate?
To show how yeast works we did an experiment to see if we could blow up gloves. We added cold, hot and warm water to see which one blew up the best.

The one we used warm water with worked the best.

We then used what we had learnt about yeast to make some bread...

Bread Making
After lots of mixing, kneading and proving we made some delicious bread rolls. We could see in the bread how the yeast had worked because the dough went really big just like the glove had done in our previous experiment!


A Bubble Bigger than You!
What a way to finish off the week! Standing inside of a giant bubble!
We made a special bubble solution then took it in turns to stand in it, then Isabelle used a hoop in the solution to pull over us. This then encased us inside the bubble. It was so funny, especially when we saw our teachers inside the bubble too! This was amazing and our favourite experiment of the week.

For our home link we have asked the children to come up with their own experiments, try them at home with their parents and then share them with us in Preschool.

Throughout all of the different and wonderful experiments we have covered the following this week:

Personal and Social Development – Making Relationships
40-60+ months
• Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others
Communication and Language – Listening and Attention
30-50 months
• Is able to follow directions (if not intently focused on own choice of activity).
40-60+ months
• Two-channelled attention – can listen and do for short span.

Understanding
30-50 months
• Beginning to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions.
40-60+ months
• Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

Speaking
30-50 months
• Uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences.
40-60+ months
• Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events

Understanding the World – The World
30-50 months
• Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
• Talks about why things happen and how things work.
• Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
40-60+ months
• Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

Expressive Arts and Design - Exploring Media and Materials
30-50 months
• Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things.
40-60+ months
• Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects.

Wolverhampton - Science Week 2019

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