Science Week – Healthy living and our bodies
Our school enjoyed a whole week devoted to finding out about our bodies and how to keep them healthy. All the classes completed a range of experiments, for example: experiments that helped us understand our senses, making a model of a drop of blood and exploring how to wash our hands and why it’s important.
Each class also made a selection of healthy foods. Owlets tried a range of unusual fruits and made smoothies; Snowy Owls made a selection of healthy dips, including: beetroot, hummus, cucumber and yogurt and a sweet strawberry cheesecake dip; Barn Owls made pirate sandwiches using healthy ingredients; and Eagle Owls made healthy pizzas (using their bread making skills from earlier in the year). All the children enjoyed cooking and tasting their foods!
Each class also made cress heads, to show it can be easy and fun to grow some healthy foods. The younger children used yogurt pots which they decorated, filled with cotton wool, and sprinkled with cress seeds. The older children made their cress heads from tights filled with wood shavings, cotton wool and cress seeds. As you can see from the photos, there were some very successful and individual designs!
We were also very fortunate to have a number of scientists visit during the week. Dr Winpenny (Physiology, UEA) spent a whole day with our school, working with all the classes, explaining how to find your pulse, how to listen to your heart and how your pulse changes with exercise. All the children were thoroughly engaged, asking questions and listening carefully. Professor Minihane (Professor of Nutrigenetics, UEA) visited Eagle Owls for an afternoon, and talked to them about healthy eating and then worked with them to cook, and encourage them to try, a selection of healthy food (salmon – oily fish, mushrooms – the children’s most hated food and fruit smoothies). Lots of children tried foods they previously thought they didn’t like and some, have eaten them since! Charlie James (Anatomy, UEA) visited the Barn Owls class. This class had been learning about digestion in Science recently, and were treated to a demonstration of how their bodies use enzymes to digest different foods as well as a full model of the digestive system (from food to poo!). All of the Barn Owl children came out of their classroom buzzing about the session, keen to tell the staff and other children all about it. Finally, Dr Cato (who also runs a Science club at lunchtimes at our school) completed a series of experiments with children from all the classes about their bodies, including how calcium makes our bones strong and how our ears hear sound. Again, children enjoyed the experiments and were able to explain what they had leant with enthusiasm.
Throughout the week, many of our activities involved using science kits from Phil Smith at the TSN (Teacher Scientist Network, based at the John Innes Institute). These allowed the children to experience activities they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do, and helped deepen understanding. For example: using a UV light with a special gel to mimic bacteria on our hands before and after washing them; creating healthy meals using a huge variety of model foods; and stethoscopes that we used when working with Dr Winpenny.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU! to all our visitors and to the TSN, without whom we would not have had such a special and successful week.
Please enjoy looking through the photos of our week.