Science Snacks on YouTube – Straw Rockets

July 12, 2020

Here’s how to make a very simple rocket using a straw and a piece of paper. Just blow though the straw and see how high you can launch your rocket! Explore how the design of the rocket can affect how it takes off, flies and lands.

Science snacks on YouTube – Bubble snakes

July 2, 2020

Here’s an activity to do outside while the weather is fine! You can use shop bought bubble mix or make your own from washing up liquid. In this video you can find out how to make a bubble blower from straws and blow a long snake made from tiny bubbles.

Science snacks on YouTube – Pompom poppers

May 20, 2020

Here’s how to make a simple toy that uses the energy stored in a stretched balloon to shoot pompoms or paper balls all the way up to the ceiling!

Science Snacks on YouTube – Crazy Milk

May 5, 2020

Another activity that you can try at home! See what happens when you add colouring to milk and then add some washing up detergent liquid. Plus a tip on how to use poster paints to turn this effect into colourful marbled paper

Science snacks on YouTube – exploring felt pens

May 5, 2020

Here’s how we do one of our Science Club activities, where we explore how to separate the coloured inks in felt pens and make some colourful flowers and artwork

Science snacks YouTube – Balloon tricks

April 16, 2020

The third activity that you might like to try at home requires a balloon and a woolly jumper. Once you get the idea, see how many other tricks you can design!

Find the link here

Science Snacks YouTube – Strange chicken noises

April 16, 2020

The second Science Snacks video on the Harrison Primary YouTube channel is all about how to make a loud noise that sounds a bit like a chicken … or a cow!

Watch the video here

See Science Club on YouTube!

April 16, 2020

The school might be closed, but you will find lots of useful and interesting videos from your teachers on the Harrison Primary You Tube channel.

Among these you will find a weekly post called Science Snacks with Mrs Sharpe, where I will be showing you some of our Science Club activities that you can do at home with simple materials.

Check out the first post which is all about Blooming Paper Flowers

Yet more slime

March 10, 2020

The last group for Science club this year finished off their final session with the ever-popular slime recipe. A mixture of PVA glue, shaving foam and eye wash produced this super-stretchy slime that was great fun to explore and play with.

When the ingredients are mixed together, there is a chemical reaction that joins the molecules in the PVA glue together and the mixture behaves as a ‘Non-Newtonian fluid” – which means that it becomes hard and solid when it is pressed, but runny and oozy when you let go. Here are some of the things we could do with slime!

Slime can stretch
Slime can flow slowly
Slime can behave like a solid when you press it

All five of the groups have been great to work with this year. You have all thought about our Harrison Learning Tree during the sessions, which helps keep the groups fun, sensible and full of interesting conversations. Keep on enjoying the science !

Fun with air

February 27, 2020

In Science club, we found that you could have a lot of fun with an empty plastic beaker! We turned a large plastic cup into a mini “air cannon” by making a hole in the base of the cup and stretching a balloon over the other end. When the balloon was pulled backwards, it sucked some air into the cup. Once the ballon was released , the air left the cup in a small blast which produced a force and could make distant objects move.

We experimented with improving the design of the air cannon, for example adding range finders and practising our skills at knocking down targets

Then we found that if a smaller plastic cup was fitted to the end of the air cannon, the blast of air could propel it over a distance of several metres.

Now we could aim at larger targets!