To help us to understand how different materials are more flammable than others we conducted a safe investigation in the fire pit in our Green Wood to test flammability. We tested a range of different materials and predicted which ones we thought would be more flammable. We discovered that the paper, plastic and fabric were the most flammable. We talked about how to make our test fair by using the same size of each material, the same flame and the same stopwatch. We used this investigation to highlight the importance of fire safety.
We used different card and paper to make our own Tudor house collages. We know that the houses had wooden beams and used strips of paper to create these.
We were very lucky to be able to visit our local fire station. We met 3 fire fighters and learnt about the different jobs that they do. We were able to compare the fire fighting equipment that is used today with the equipment that they had during The Great Fire of London. We saw the different equipment that is carried in the fire engine, the protective clothing that they wear and all had a go at using the water hose. We also had a look inside the fire station. Thank you to the staff at Odsal who helped to make the visit a fun learning experience.
We have been investigating how we can change materials through heating and cooling. We investigated whether bigger or smaller pieces of chocolate would melt the quickest. We also discovered that if you heat and then cool some materials they can change back again.
We visited our Green Wood to explore the building materials and methods that would have been used in 1666. We have learnt that houses in 1666 were built from wattle and daub. Wattle is a wooden woven frame and daub is a mixture made from clay, mud and straw which was placed over the wattle. We made a woven frame from willow. After that we made a daub mixture and placed this on the frame. We added leaves onto one half to see if they added insulation and helped the mixture to stick.
We then compared the building materials used in 1666 with those used today. We now know that building materials today are stronger and not as flammable as those in 1666. In groups we had tried added cement onto bricks to make some mini walls.
Year 2 were very lucky to receive a visit from Mr Robson this week. Mr Robson worked within the fire service for many years and came to talk to us about working as a fire fighter and fire safety. He talked to us about fire safety and how smoke alarms help to protect us in our homes. He also brought different fire fighting equipment to show us. Thank you Mr Robson!
As part of our materials work we have been learning about waterproof materials. We tested different materials in the classroom to see which ones were waterproof. We learnt that waterproof materials do not absorb water and that materials that are not waterproof do absorb water. To make our investigation fair we all used the same materials and the same amount of water.
In science we have been exploring the different materials that our school is built from. We went for a materials walk and took photos of the different materials that we found. We talked about why these materials were used and their properties.
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