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This year at Parkside we are having a Science Year! Please keep an eye on this page for more information. In the mean time, why not check out this Topical Science Newsletter that gives you lots of exciting and interesting Scientific information. Just click on the blue writing to take you to some external links.

September Update

This half term Year 2 are learning all about Living Things and their Habitats! Wild Science (a company specialising in delivering Animal Education) came in with a variety of animals for the children to explore. Year 2 had lots of fun whilst learning about how animals are specially adapted to live in their habitats. Below are some quotes from two of our Year 2 children about their learning.

 

"I now know that animals are suited to where they live. For example a penguin wouldn't be able to survive in the desert because it's too hot!" - Gracie, Matisse Class.

"Guinea pigs are furry because their habitat is cold. Their fur keeps them warm." - K'Tarni, Matisse Class.

 

Fantastic learning Year 2! Mrs Millan smiley

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NOW ADVERTISING: Science Ambassador Roles for this academic year! Please click on the application above. Successful applicants will be given their very own lab coat smiley 

 

Good luck to all those entering!

Year 5 Mobile Planetarium Visit


As part of the National Curriculum, Year 5 were lucky to visit a mobile planetarium in school!

 

Chelsey in Hokusai class said, "It was really exciting and interesting because I got to learn more about Earth and Space whilst looking at some amazing images. I learnt that there are lots of stars in our galaxy and there's more to Space than what I thought."

 

Joshua in Hokusai class said, "I learnt that the core of the sun is 15 million degrees celsius. I liked going in to the planetarium and looking at the tremendous images."

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Parkside Science Day

 

Have a look at some photos from our awesome Science Day which focused on investigative Science! A big thank you to Chingford Foundation School who came down and ran a Science fair for all of Key Stage 2 in the gym. The children got to use lots of equipment that they had never used before smiley

 

Well done to all for taking part in such a successful day!

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Parkside Science Club

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The children of Parkside Science club have been set a challenge this half term...

 

"How can we harvest the rainwater to water our school courtyard?"

 

The children have already begun to think about the best way they can do this and Mrs Millan and Ms Houghton have been very impressed with their ideas so far! Keep an eye on this page for regular updates!

Science Club

This week in Science Club we made our very own bird feeders. We did this to provide a food source for the birds during the winter months and to attract them in to our courtyard. We are going to keep an eye out to see which birds come and visit. If you would like to make your own bird feeders at home, follow the recipe below smiley

 

You will need:

  • Lard (softened at room temperature)
  • Spoon
  • String or twine
  • Old yoghurt pots/plastic cups/pine cones
  • Any of the following: wild bird seed, currants, sultanas, oats, bread and cake crumbs, grated cheese and peanuts

Method

Use one part fat to two parts bird seed. 

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until it holds together.

Squish your mixture around the pine cones (tie string around the top beforehand) or fill plastic cups and allow them to set in the fridge before peeling the plastic off so that the birds can eat from it easily (you will need an adult to help you with this).

 

It's easy, effective and most importantly it is a good source of food for wild birds. Have a look at the pictures below to see the process that you need to follow. It really is very easy. Good luck! Let us know if you manage to make your own smiley

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Nick Arnold Visit - Wednesday 28th February 2018!

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We are very excited to announce the visit of Nick Arnold to our school this Wednesday 28th February! Nick Arnold is the author of the Horrible Science series of books which have sold over 4 million copies across 24 countries! Nick is going to spend the day at Parkside delivering two talks in the morning to bring his books alive for the children; one for Key Stage 1 and one for Key Stage 2. In the afternoon, Nick is going to sign a copy of his book for each student in Key Stage 2. They can then take this home to enjoy at their own leisure. This is an exciting opportunity for the children to meet an author and learn all about Science through him. We really hope that they enjoy the day.

 

 

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Both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 were treated to entertaining and informative assemblies featuring live science experiments and exploring the wonder of science and the natural world. Afterwards, Nick signed copies of his Horrible Science books for all of the children in Key Stage 2. We were delighted that Nick was able to visit the school and inspire some authors and scientists of the future! 

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