Soggy Boots Experiment

Here are some photos from 5th Class’ ‘Soggy Boots’ experiment. The children were to design a test to examine which materials were most and least waterproof (cotton wool, kitchen paper, tinfoil, baking paper). Most children set up the experiment as shown in the photo. They had to add a spoon of water over each material and keep repeating this until water seeped to the bottom. The first material to let water through was least water proof and the last material to let water through was most waterproof.

Magic Potions

Children in Ms. Brennan’s Senior Infants and 1st Class explored how materials can change when mixed together. They mixed and acid (vinegar) with a base (baking soda) to create a chemical reaction in the form of a magical potion. Check out their digital investigation write up.

Children had great fun witnessing the chemical change that happened when the liquid created a gas in the form of carbon dioxide. Following this children explored the different states of matter solids, liquids and gas through art.

Cooking and Changing Materials

During the week of Pancake Tuesday Ms. Noonan’s and Ms. Brennan’s did hands on learning at home exploring how cooking can cause materials to change their state of matter. Through mixing, heating and cooling their pancake mixture children witnessed how their ingredients changed from solids to liquids and liquids to solids. They used technology to send in all their findings so that it could be shared with their classmates during home-learning in February. Check out this video they made showing off all their thematic learning on Pancake Tuesday.

Other class explored materials and change when cooking by making rice crispie buns, funny face cookies, jelly and cake in a mug. We were all clearly inspired by the ‘Kitchen Science’ workshop!

Heating water turns it from a liquid to a gas
Before heating jelly is a solid
When cutting jelly it remains a solid
Heating the jelly turns it into a liquid
Cooling the mixture turns jelly back into a solid

Perfect Parachutes

5th Class investigated different materials and their properties. The aim was to focus on gravity and air resistance. The children were given materials to make parachutes and test which material would make the best parachute (kitchen paper, cling film, tinfoil, baking paper). The best parachute had the best air resistance (baking paper).

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