About: Mr Carroll

9C Chemical Reactions

We have been continuing our learning about chemical reactions, in science. Today we looked at how you can mix different substances to cause a colour change; we made and used a pH indicator from red cabbage.

We discussed safety and then watched a short video on how to carry out the experiment. We then recalled the different steps and followed the instructions.

First we made the red cabbage indicator…

We then tested the pH of different liquids and described the colour change…

Until next time.

9C Chemical Reactions

We have been continuing our learning about chemical reactions, in science. Today we looked at how you can mix different substances to make something that has different properties; we mixed PVA glue with water and borax to form slime.

We discussed safety and then watched a short video on how to carry out the experiment. We then recalled the different steps and followed the instructions…

We then examined a non-Newtonian state called goop, a mixture of water and cornflour…

The goop will flow, like a liquid, but when squeezed or hit, acts like a solid.

Until next time.

9C Zones of Regulation

In PHSE, we have been learning about The Zones of Regulation. Today, we looked at how you can keep calm when you are upset. We discussed a range of different mindfulness techniques you can use, and practised them in the class.

Squeezing a ball…

Having a drink…

Giving yourself a hug…

Stretching…

Taking ten steps…

Relaxing…

Some of us, then wrote social stories…

And some the things that we can do to keep ourselves we can do to keep ourselves calm…

Until next time.

9C Chemical Reactions: Changes of State

Today in science, we have explored chemical reactions. We looked at how you can observe a change of state, in some reactions. We talked about how it can be difficult to spot a gas, especially if it is colourless. We then described ways to observe colourless gases.

In our experiments, we used baking soda and vinegar. The bicarbonate (solid) and acid (liquid) react and one of the products is carbon dioxide, a gas. We explored this reaction in two different ways.

In the first experiment, we added a solid to a liquid to produce a bath. In one set of experiments, we trapped the gas in washing up liquid, to form bubbles…

In another experiment, we collected the gas in a balloon, and observed the balloon expanding…

Until next time.

9C The Cornish Trail

Over the past two weeks, we have explored more of The Cornish Trail. We examined two landmarks that feature in several of his more famous paintings. These are Saint Paul’s church and Rosa Street…

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7P Ones, tens and hundreds

In mathematics, we have been learning about place value. We used blocks to help use visual the sizes of numbers. We built up different numbers using the blocks…

We then matched different images to their number…

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9C Changes of State

In science, we have been exploring the effects of temperature on states of matter. We explored the effects of heating and cooling on water…

We used some excellent terms, such as melting, boiling, evaporation and condensation, to describe the changing states.

We then looked at the changes of state in chocolate. We turned the chocolate from a solid, to a liquid and then back to a solid. We greatly enjoyed the end point…

Until next time.

7P The Flora of The Oaks

In science, we have been exploring the wildlife of The Oaks. This morning we described the aspects of different types of plant…

We then explored the fragrances of different herbs…

Some of us weren’t very keen on their smells…

We then went outside to collect different leaves, fruits and nuts from the trees around the school…

We then went back to class and tried to identify the different types of tree. We used identification sheets and a clever app from The Woodland Trust…

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10C What is the matter

In science, we have been exploring states of matter. We classified the states as solids, liquids or gases. We described the properties of these states and sorted different objects into these groups.

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9C The Norman Cornish Trail

In art, we are looking at the work of Norman Cornish, Spennymoor’s most famous son.

We will be visiting different parts of the trail this half term, and using his artistic style as inspiration in our lessons, so keep your eyes on the blog.

Until next time.