5,4,3,2,1……….Bottle Rockets!

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I’ve been inspired by 2 of our Gladstone Road Primary School children to seek out some of the best BOTTLE ROCKET science activities out there to share with you!


This BBC activity is really easy to do and there is a lot of other fun science info on their page too, so check it out. If you don’t mind tons of mess then have a go at this, but make sure you stand well back and keep your grown-up close to you!! For a ‘no mess’ experiment our friends at Science Sparks have a brilliant air powered rocket which you’ll need a bicycle pump for, or this squeezy bottle rocket which you will be able to experiment with in order to make your rocket go higher.

Courtesy of the Royal Institution

Yet again the Royal Institution has come up with the goods in this fizzy bottle rockets activity. I love their website, it’s well worth a browse!

If you want something less crazy I really like this paper rocket which uses your breath to power it!

Whatever you decide to do, please work safely with an adult. We’d love you to send in any videos or photos to intouch@gladstone.n-yorks.sch.uk .

Now it’s time for me to “Blast off!” 5,4,3,2,1,…………


Warning! This will involve eating a lot of biscuits!

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Hot off the press, Fun Science have announced this big experiment which all children across the country can be involved in.

Have fun whilst learning about the scientific method with this easy, fun experiment taking place across the UK in June 2020. Upload your results to be part of a giant experiment to find out exactly which the best biscuit is for dunking! Free parent guide available plus a dunk-along-video! It would be wonderful to see lots of GRPS children on here!

For more information on this exciting opportunity look at the BIG EXPERIMENT and as always, please share your videos on the school facebook page, Twitter or email intouch@gladstone.n-yorks.sch.uk.


The Great Outdoors!

Well the weather couldn’t have been better for this new era of ‘unlimited exercise’, so we’ve included lots of outdoor related science activities for you in this edition of the GRPS Science blog. Shout out to Miss Gill for letting me know about the Canal and River Trust Explorers, who have some fab activities.

Fancy a challenge? Then why not build a canal at home? This would be a great task to take on as a family, and isn’t quite as daunting as it sounds! For those who prefer a screen then there is an alternative option of an online game to build a canal! The canal and river habitats page has a brilliant food chain game (years 2 and 4 might find this useful) and loads of other activities. If you’re heading for the rock pools, Peasholm Park, or just your bath you could try making this origami boat.

See how it goes then see if you can make any improvements. You could have a competition to see whose boat holds the most cargo without sinking, or blow them across the bath with straws to see whose gets to the other side first. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land you could learn about building bridges with Charlie and Lucas, then have a go at building your own. This is a great activity for developing your understanding of materials and forces, and also a lot of fun! If you are planning on a trip to the beach KS1 children might be interested in BBC Bitesize’s coastal habitat video. There are also loads of great habitat games on bitesize, definitely worth checking out, especially for KS2 children. I have to confess I got a little bit hooked when I found them!

Once upon a time…..

Photo courtesy of Science Sparks

Prefer to stay in the back yard or the garden? Then you might enjoy creating this zip wire for toys. If you’ve got a sibling you could see who can make their toy travel the fastest, or the furthest (but you’ll need to think about how to make this fair – one of the toys might be heavier than the other!) Our friends at Science Sparks have a lot more fun where that came from too and you can incorporate this into your reading sessions with some genius ideas from these fairy tale experiments!

Now hold onto your hats!….

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Now to give away some of my all time favourites, which to be honest I wanted to keep to myself to do at the fair, or in lessons, but they are just too good not to share, especially now you can take them outdoors! If you were at the Christmas fair you might remember the STEM stall where we were making snowman catapults and this lolly pop stick catapult is a variation on that, which is a great one to make if you’ve got a toy castle (if you haven’t you can make one here). This tissue box catapult looks interesting. I haven’t tried it yet, but I definitely will! Some of these creations mention using a glue gun, but I don’t have one and have managed to improvise with double sided tape or duct tape (definitely one of my favourite inventions!) We had a go at making this ping pong ball launcher in school recently and it was super challenging, even though it looks quite simple, but you should definitely give it a go and it’s a good one to experiment with. However… drum roll please… the ultimate in rubber band canons comes from the Royal Institution, and as a bonus it gives you a great excuse for munching your way through a carton of a popular brand of crisps!

Courtesy of ASE

On a more sensible note, the Assiciation for Science Education have some fantastic home learning resources, for all primary year groups, which change weekly and are definitely worth adding to your ‘favourites’.

And finally, I know from talking to the children that they love to mix and make potions, so just for them here are some very messy experiments, but be warned, there will be plenty of mopping up afterwards! PLEASE PLEASE send videos or photos to intouch@gladstone.n-yorks.sch.uk , we would really love to see what science you get up to, and I’d particularly enjoy watching some crazy canon or catapult action!

Life Beyond The Living Room!

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Frustrated with the lockdown? I wonder how many of you are ‘getting used’ to staying at home most of the time? It’s really strange to think how the natural world around us continues its lifecycles and growth in its various habitats , whilst we have had to adapt to our own household habitat more than usual. If we had been at school, most year groups would have spent some of this term looking at plants. Next time you go out for your hour of exercise, why don’t you do that! You could have these guides on your phone or tablet leaf spotter sheet, spring flower spotter and it’s almost time to use a summer wildlife guide!

If you find any flowers that have broken or fallen you might like to try this STEM activity. We had a go at this in school with some daffodils over the Easter Holiday and the children loved it!

Science Sparks


You will need any flower with large parts. Lilies are great but watch out for pollen stains. Tulips, Daffodils and Iris flowers also work well (although all the daffodils in my area seem to have died for this year!) Also a paper plate or sheet of card, scissors, tweezers and a magnifying glass if you have one. Have a look at this short flower dissection video before you start.

Lay your flower out over a paper plate, tray or sheet of cardboard. Can you identify the different parts before you dissect it? This parts of a flower web page is worth looking at whilst you are dissecting your flower.

Label areas of the different parts of a flower on your piece of cardboard or paper plate and place the dissected pieces with the correct label.

Parts of a flowering plant
  • Try to find the following flower parts:
  • Root – carries water and nutrients from the soil to the plant and keeps it anchored in the ground.
  • Petal – often brightly coloured to attract insects
  • Leaf – uses energy from sunlight to photosynthesise creating oxygen and sugars for the plant to use for energy
  • Pollen – pollen is a fine powdery substance which contains the male reproductive cells. It is produced by the anthers of seed bearing plants.
  • Stem – a plant stem transports water and nutrients from the soil to the rest of the plant. The stem supports the leaves and flowers allowing them to be raised above the ground to be in the light.

Journey Sticks

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Another activity you could try, when you go on your walk, is to collect a range of different plants and materials you find and wrap them around a journey stick . When you get home, write about your journey through nature using your journey stick to help you remember your travels.

Other plant activities…

If you can get hold of some then have a go at planting a seed and watching it grow (eg. a sunflower). Draw the different stages of growth and have a look on the internet to find out about the lifecycle of plants.

Courtesy of https://www.exploringnature.org

If you have more than one seed you might like to set up your own investigation to see where in your house they grow best, or how well they grow without one of they things they need, such as water, or a suitable temperature. Let us know how you get on on the school facebook or Twitter page. Show us some photos or drawings of your plants to show how you’ve observed over time.

Can’t wait that long? Here are some of our favourite time lapse videos of plants growing:

So what are you waiting for?…….

Easter Science

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So here we are, moving towards the end of our 2nd week in lock down. If you are a child who has been trying to work at home, or a parent who has been trying to teach, you might be finding it’s getting harder to focus and stay motivated. Never fear, the Easter holidays are almost here! But you may find this blog useful, as it’s written by a parent who’s been trying to support her child’s learning.

The STEM Hub are also going to start putting weekly activities on their site, which are all designed to be done at home. The most recent is on space. Our Reception winner of the Science Selfie competition would definitely enjoy it, and it could be useful to Year 5 pupils, but fun for EVERYONE!

Gladstone Road’s Reception Space Expert!

If you fancy something fun and practical our reliable friends at Science Sparks have come up with an ingenious homemade receycled marble run. If you make one please post a photo on our Twitter page or send it to admin@gladstone.n-yorks.sch.uk.

Science Sparks Marble Run

After talking about crystals in the last blog I found this great idea from Red Ted Art for salt crystal hearts which was released for Valentine’s day, but if ever there was a good time to show someone you love them, it’s now! Or perhaps you could cut out Easter shapes (rabbits, chicks, eggs) and make some decorations.

If you enjoyed making snowman catapults at our Christmas fair you’ll find an Easter version at Little Bins for Little Hands along with more salt crystal decorations, slime and FIZZY EGGS!!

Source Little Bins for Little Hands

We’ve got plenty of it, so how about an ‘observing over time’ experiment which results in a fun end product, the Bouncy egg experiment via Parenting Chaos? Or if you’re feeling daring try Buggy and Buddy’s  Egg drop challenge. Use eggs sparingly for these challenges, but the learning and fun children will have with them can be fantastic.

We hope these ideas will help you all have fun, learn science at home, work together and enjoy yourselves during these strange days! Please share our page on Facebook and Twitter by clicking below so that your friends can join in with the fun too. Until next time, get cracking…….!

Science for Chefs!

We hope you’ve had a brilliant weekend and managed to fit some Science in there somewhere! Some of our Year 2 pupils have written in saying they have tried some experiments, the volcano one being particularly popular! Some of you have used this opportunity to find out more about the science you enjoy, one of our fab scientists already knows a lot about rocks and crystals, but will no doubt be learning even more now!

This young man is a crystal expert already!

If you’d like to learn more click here and read! There is even a quiz on there  if you want to have a go! How about making your own sugar crystals, whilst using your skills of observing over time? (You can eat them afterwards too!)

Homemade rock sweets! Picture courtesy of Hallmark channel.

On the topic of crystals and rocks, what did the limestone say to the geologist? Don’t take me for granite!! If that joke tickled you take a look at these and share them with friends who need a giggle! If the thought of sugar crystals has made you a little bit hungry then We are Teachers.com have some super edible science ideas.

Other cookies are available! Source weareteachers.com

So have fun with all of these activities – don’t waste the food, eat it, and PLEASE share what you get up to by posting a comment below, or on the school twitter page @GladstoneRPS.

Have Fun!

What science have you done today?

Tasty science!

If you think about what you’ve done for the first 3 hours of your day, and how much of it has involved science it’s quite mind blowing! Some people get up early to look after their  pet, which is really important. You could have a look at this and talk to your child about looking after animals and have a go at some of the suggested activities. Then they might do some exercise to stay healthy – some of these childrens’ yoga poses have animal names and they are really good for bodies that are growing. Some people might make a cooked breakfast like

healthy pancakes or just have a wholesome cereal to help them stay healthy. There are lots of tips on this nhs website for healthy eating and some of the children will be able to talk about the ‘eatwell plate’ already.

The Eatwell Plate.

If you are working at home, whatever your age, the chances are you turned on your computer and have already looked at your phone several times! Science again – there is no getting away from its importance in our everyday lives. With schools closed at the moment there are many opportunities for children to develop practical science skills in the home (cooking, building, designing – see yesterday’s Lego Challenge ) and a multitude of activities on line, which we will endeavour to post on here regularly.

Yesterday’s lego challenge.

The Primary Science Teaching Trust is going to post weekly home activities, and to keep you going, here are a few more:

BBC Bitesize

BBC Live Science Lessons

Reach Out Reporter topical news stories

Science Museum activities for home

Royal Institution have some BRILLIANT activities which children will love, such as making bath bombs and lip balm!

PLEASE share anything you enjoy doing from these ideas, we would love to know what you get up to and see science happening all around Scarborough.

Stay safe and have fun with science!

STEM construction!

This lego activity board has popped up a the Primary Science Co-ordinator’s web page so we thought we’d share it with you. Some of the vocabulary used wouldn’t be our first choice, but the activities are fun!!!

Let us know whether you complete it, or maybe you can design a new one with your own ideas! Don’t forget to share @GladstoneRPS on Twitter or Facebook if you do, and leave a comment below!

Now get building, future architects!

Science and Exercise.

One of my favourite parts of the Science curriculum is recognising the importance of exercise. This is covered in both KS1 and KS2 and it emphasises the positive effect exercise has on our health and wellbeing. To find out more about the impact exercise can have, and the difference between health and wellbeing have a look at this webpage.

Great ideas available from Tagtiv8

Recently a brilliant company called ‘Tagtiv8’ came to do some work with the children and staff at GRPS and they had some fantastic ideas for how to combine learning with exercise. In light of COVID19 they have provided some awesome suggestions for exercise links and ideas you can use at home with your children.

Some of you might be familiar with the virtual workouts that Everyone Active puts on in their centre, but did you know that the Australian company who produces these also have some children’s workouts, which I love because many of them are ‘superhero’ based? If you want something fun and a little different give ‘born to move’ a go.

What’s your favourite exercise?

Ask your child to tell you why exercise is important. What muscles do they use? How do they feel before and after they’ve exercised? You could start a discussion by looking at this bbc clip, and maybe get the children to start an exercise diary, or develop their own exercises. They could run a class for your household! Twinkl are offering free resources to parents and guardians at the moment so you could have a look at these fitness cards and maybe your child would like to design their own.

It is going to be so important over the next few weeks to keep our spirits up, have fun and remain physically and emotionally fit. That’s a scientific fact.

We’d love to hear what you are doing to stay active, so please share any positive experiences or any of your own ideas in the comments box below, and enjoy keeping fit!

Engineering is rubbish!

Engineering. Rubbish!! Of course we don’t literally mean that, but it could be if you take a look at the toys from trash website! With an uncertain future ahead of us recycling should be at the forefront of our minds whenever possible. Making things with children is the perfect time to consider the responsible use of materials and have that discussion with young people. Should you be buying lovely clean card or crafting resources when we are surrounded by so many re-usable resources? I can safely bet that nobody will be making pasta pictures or jewellery in the current situation! Have a look around your homes and see what you can gather together to encourage your child to create all sorts of feats of engineering or art!

re-use and recycle

This recycled art projects page has tons of ideas for things you can make together, and if it needs something like googly eyes I bet your child can come up with their own bright ideas for how to make them, too! I’ve read about people removing frozen products from their cardboard packaging recently so that they can fit more food into their freezer. Maybe a time will come when the packaging is seen as unnecessary, but for now this could be a good source of clean card for your child!

Look at these fab ideas from the engineers at Dyson! We’ll definitely be giving some of these a go. Children love mixing and blasting!

What can you do with mentos, or vinegar and baking soda?

We would love to see some of the things you come up with, so feel free to post your photos or videos on the GRPS Facebook page or Twitter feed . HAVE FUN!