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Do you fancy meeting Florence Nightingale?

The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) is offering an innovative way of meeting scientists past and present. They have teamed up with Spectrum Drama and St Mary's University to help you learn more about people who do jobs that use science. What a wonderful way to increase your knowledge and build on your science capital! There are activity sheets and videos, as well as a way of providing feedback. So far you can meet 'Florence Nightingale', two doctors (a viral immunologist and a hospital doctor) and tomorrow you'll have the opportunity to meet the last man ever to walk on the moon - Gene Cernan. Find out more about Science at Work on the PSTT's dedicated page.

Winchester Science Centre @home challenges

If you're curious to find out more, Winchester Science Centre has made some very user-friendly science@home resources available. They include challenges on Mission Space, Minibeasts, Sounds of the Sea, Observing Space, Conservation, Family Band and Sound in Space, with one to follow shortly on Food Chains. The activities are all easily accessible via downloadable pdf and with 'grown-ups' guides for each. Satisfy your curiosity here.

Find out about flowers from our visiting botanist

Botanist Karen van Oostrum is a regular visitor to our school and she thought we might like some plant and flower facts to guide us in our outdoor activities at home. Many thanks for these helpful documents. Now we'll be able to enjoy our exploring even more than ever!

The most incredible observation over time

Flourishing Hertingfordbury scientists Sean (Year 4), Ethan (Year 1) and Zara (Nursery) have been making the most of their time at home by observing robins nesting in their garden plant, watching them really closely for a whole month. They have created a wonderful photographic journal of their special Easter guests and the three eggs that were laid. Check out their amazing story here to find out what happened as the chicks emerged and fledged. 

The next science magic trick

Science magician Dr Matt Pritchard demonstrates one of his favourite balancing tricks in the next in his fascinating series. Take a look at 'Uncanny Balance' and prepare to be amazed!

Seek and ye shall find...

While we've been enjoying the great outdoors on our daily walks, we've been discovering all sorts of plant and wildlife species with a free app called SEEK which enables us to identify plants, flowers and wildlife in our area. We photograph our specimen with our smartphone and in real time the SEEK app identifies it. Take a look at the screenshot of some of our latest finds. With the user's permission (in your case your parent or carer), the app sends collected data from your area to the iNaturalist global biodiversity database, helping us to take an active part in biodiversity issues affecting our planet. The World Wildlife Fund for Nature says that having the app is like having a naturalist in your pocket. Perhaps you could ask your parents or carers if they'd like to give it a go. We are loving it! Why not take a look at the iNaturalist England and WWF websites. I've included the links below.

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How good are your observation skills?

While I was out on my daily walk yesterday, I found this interesting feather. Can you identify which bird it came from? Bird feathers can be fascinatingly beautiful. You might like to study the patterns on bird feathers. You may be lucky to find a real one like me or you could use a close-up photo. Try sketching the feather. Look really closely at the detail to make your artwork authentic. Then you could mix and add some colour.

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Even more fun science at home...

The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) has hooked up with Science Sparks to create some fun science activities for children to explore at home. The resources are clear, simple, accessible and manageable. These include engineering challenges introducing famous scientists, engineers and artists, and some science challenge chasers for older children. Explore the link for more hands-on, 'funtastic' science!

STEM primary activities for home learning

STEM has created some excellent resources to support children's education from home. These cover cross-curricular, science, maths, computing, and design and technology activities. 

It's a kind of magic

Check out the following links for some great science and maths related 'magic' presented by leading scientist and magician Dr Matt Pritchard. You'll simply love these activities! While you are on the science page of our school website, where can you see the magic in our 'handy' school science principles towards the bottom of this page? Ask your parents to email your answer to Mrs Bennett to the new school email address, remembering to write 'Science magic' as the subject of the email.

Check your child's science skills

While you are investigating science with your children at home, why not encourage your child to keep track of the the science skills they are developing? These child-friendly, working scientifically wheels will help them to do this. They could take photos or create a science journal to show these skills in action.

DO try this at home

First we brought you slime... and you slimed! How about making your slime electric? You can explore physics in many exciting ways by visiting the Institute of Physics website. Find out what Marvin and Milo have been up to for some great science ideas. Go on, get curious!

Fancy tackling a wild challenge?

Have you ever thought of birdwatching in your home environment? As the RSPB says on its website, spread your wings into the wonderful world of birds. Stick your beak out, use your eagle eyes and get spotting!

 

I challenge keen Hertingfordbury scientists to use their observation skills and take up the RSPB Go Birdwatching Wild Challenge. Think creatively about how you record your findings over the next few weeks. Do the same birds keep appearing or are there new arrivals? How often do the birds visit and how long do they stay? Look closely to follow their habits and identify their markings. Close your eyes and listen carefully to the bird calls.

 

So far from my kitchen window this week I have seen a wren, jackdaws, pheasants, buzzards and a sparrowhawk. What can you see from your window? Find out how to go wild on the link below which includes an activity sheet and online bird identifier. Get twitching!

STEM learning launches a range of family activities

You may wish to check out the family activities available from the STEM website.

Are you a space fan?

If so, you might like to know when to look out from your home at the International Space Station passing overhead over the next few days. Let's hope the sky stays clear! The timings are:

 

Friday 27th March at 7.42pm (visible for 4 minutes) and 9.19pm (visible for 1 minute).

 

Saturday 28th March at 6.55pm (visible for 4 minutes) and 8.31pm (visible for 2 minutes).

 

Sunday 29th March at 8.44pm (visible for 3 minutes) and 10.20pm (visible for 1 minute).

 

Monday 30th March at 7.58pm (visible for 4 minutes) and 9.33pm (visible for 3 minutes).

 

If you enjoy the views, why not ask your parents to sign up for the ISS alerts for your area by visiting www.spotthestation.nasa.gov. That way you can be notified by email about when the ISS is going to be visible for more than 3 minutes and you can enjoy stargazing long into the future. You may even manage to get some good photographic evidence. Have fun! 

At Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary School, we love science!
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Fun science investigations to explore at home

Remember, you must always ask the permission of an adult before investigating science at home. 

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