Yesterday, 4B enjoyed participating in a workshop led by a visitor from Amnesty International. The children investigated the connection between Human rights and refugees as well as the role of Amnesty International in supporting refugees. As part of our refugee week, we have also discussed who a refugee is and thought about how it might feel to be forced out of your home when you have no other choice but to seek refuge. When stepping into the shoes of Lina, who is a character in our book ‘Four Feet Two Sandals, 4B thought of how they would have felt living in a refugee camp. Some of the words we generated were: rejected, isolated, desperate, distraught, anxious, heartbroken and petrified. Through drama work based on our book ‘Four Feet Two Sandals, we identified and explored themes such as friendship, loss, sharing and separation. Today we linked our art work to refugee week by using natural dyes (coffee, turmeric, red cabbage and beetroot) to dye material which will be used for the tents in our refugee camp from our story. 4B even washed the material in a bowl just as we know our character Lina did by a river. All the children very capably hand-washed and folded material. I would send any washing their way. Watch this space to see what other maths, PSHE and literacy activities we take part in to mark refugee week.
This week 4B completed their final sparky scientist task in order to earn the prestigious title of Junior Electrician. Our sparky scientist question was: have you ever received an electric shock and wondered how it happened? To explore the concept of static electricity, the children carried out some exciting experiments and learnt all about atoms, protons and electrons. See below for details and our whole class findings.
Once we had charged up the balloon by rubbing it on our hair, jumper or the carpet, we placed the balloon near some bits of tissue paper. The parts of the paper closest to the balloon became positively charged. They stuck to the negatively charged balloon because opposite charges attract.
Repulsion/balloon fall out
When we tied string to and hung two charged balloons next to each other, they pushed away from each other because they were both negatively charged. We discovered that like charges repel each other.
All mixed up: separating salt and pepper.
After placing a mixture of salt and pepper on a surface, we rubbed the balloon on our heads. By slowly placing the charged balloon near to the salt and pepper mixture, we observed that the pepper (being lighter) was the first of the two to be attracted to the balloon.
Sparky Scientist Questions of the Week
Have a go at answering the below think like a scientist questions.
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