This term's focus is

"How everyday materials can be physically changed."

Week 1: The year 1 students were faced with a challenge:

"Cut an A5 piece of paper into a larger shape so that this

shape can fit over your head".

Students created a variety of shapes.

"How everyday materials can be physically changed."

Week 1: The year 1 students were faced with a challenge:

"Cut an A5 piece of paper into a larger shape so that this

shape can fit over your head".

Students created a variety of shapes.

The year 1 students then explored how to physically change the shape of a variety of materials. eg, straw, alfoil, fabric..

Week 2: The year 1 students worked in pairs, investigating materials that can be bent or folded. They recorded their observations. Check out some examples:

The year 1 students were faced with a challenge: In pairs they had to investigate how many times and A5, A4 and A3 sheet of paper could be folded. How many times do you think? Is it different for each size of paper? Why?

Week 3: The year 1 students worked in pairs, investigating materials that can be stretched eg, elastic, rubber bands.. They recorded their observations. Then they investigated which brand of jelly snakes was the most elastic. They recorded their observations.

Which brand do you think was the most elastic? Allens? The Natural Confectionery Co? Starburst?

Which brand do you think was the most elastic? Allens? The Natural Confectionery Co? Starburst?

Week 4-5: The students have worked hard creating their pop stick bridges for Highgate School's Science Expo. Check out more photos under the EVENT August 2015 tab.

Week 6:The year 1 students worked in pairs, investigating materials that can be scrunched eg, paper, alfoil. They recorded their observations. Then they investigated which material (cling wrap, alfoil and grease paper) could be scrunched the smallest and after left alone for 10 minutes, again, which material was the smallest. They recorded their observations. Which one do you think?

Week 7: The year 1 students investigated how spaghetti can be changed. The students identified that boiling it in water will physically change the shape, ie, from straight , dry, hard spaghetti changes to wobbly, soft, squishy spaghetti.

In pairs,the students then created spaghetti towers. The challenge was to create the tallest tower (and using only plasticine for joining). Here are the tallest towers they made:

In pairs,the students then created spaghetti towers. The challenge was to create the tallest tower (and using only plasticine for joining). Here are the tallest towers they made:

It's the beginning of September...It's Spring time!

Students created observational drawings of cherry blossom branches. This activity was a quick snapshot of next term's inquiry.

Here's a preview of these drawings:

Students created observational drawings of cherry blossom branches. This activity was a quick snapshot of next term's inquiry.

Here's a preview of these drawings:

Week 8:How can play dough be physically changed? Will it be harder or easier to change if the play dough is left out of its container for a week? Check out the ways play dough was changed by the year 1 students:

Week 9:The year 1 students investigated objects at home that could be physically changed. They recorded their ideas and shared them with the rest of the class. Each student then had to identify two new ideas and record the 'before', 'change' and 'after' product. They then created new shapes with playdough and recorded all their ideas. Check out Room 27's work: