Science experiments

Salt Solution Experiment

You will need

2 teaspoons of salt
small bowl
cling film
warm water


Dissolve the 2 teaspoons of salt in a small bowl of warm water.
Taste a tiny bit to confirm that it is salty.
Cover the bowl with the cling film and set it aside in a warm place for an hour or longer.
After an hour you should see tiny drops of water on the plastic cover.
Remove the cling film carefully and taste the water on the plastic.


The water drops that accumulated on the plastic are not salty as the salt dissolved in the water in the bowl does not evaporate, but remains behind in the bowl.


Set the bowl aside without the cover for a few days until all the water has evaporated.
Show the children the salt that remains in the bowl. In our picture you can clearly see the salt on the black sugar paper.  We now know that the separation of a dissolved substances from a liquid by means of evaporation is known as crystallisation.


Revision of the water cycle – precipitation – using shaving foam and food dye. 

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World War II

World War II

On Monday 28th November, Year 5/6 came into school dressed as a child from the 1940’s and each child was given a new name for the day relevant to the era – such as Doreen Sawyer, Frank Tankersley and Douglas Wolfenden.  During their afternoon topic lesson, the children took part in a surprise mock evacuation to help them to empathise with children who were evacuated during World War 2.  The children were taken from the classroom unexpectedly and taken to the driveway. Here they had to listen carefully to instructions about which train station they would be going to and what their destination would be. Following the experience, the children were asked to write a letter home to their parents explaining their thoughts and feelings.

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Edible science activity

Today the year five children have made home-made sherbert.  This is a really simple recipe, which could go horribly wrong.

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DSCF2132 Imogen demonstrates the taste when too much bicarbonate of soda is added.

We tried several variations, some were rather unpleasant.  The year six children and Mrs Webb were brave enough to try our sherbert as well.

The science of what makes sherbet fizz…

When the citric acid and bicarbonate mix together with the saliva in the mouth it releases a gas, which causes a fizzy chemical reaction.  A similar fizzy reaction can be achieved with just the use of citric acid and saliva. The icing sugar sweetens the mixture.

We used:

  • Soft icing sugar
  • Citric acid for baking
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Jelly crystals (optional)

We considered how we could improve our sherbert further.  If you wish for your sherbet to be flavoured you might choose to add 2 teaspoons of jelly crystals. Another fun addition might be to include some popping candy or 100s & 1000s.

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You could follow Lucy’s instructions to make your own sherbert.  Try adding some jelly crystals for extra flavour and colour.


Thrills and spills

To consolidate our learning in our current topic – thrills and spills/all the fun of the fair – we visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

We began the morning by taking part in a science workshop where we applied our knowledge of forces to real life examples and the rides at the pleasure beach. We were given information about the history of the pleasure beach and how much money had been invested over the years!


May the force be with you!

In year six we have been recapping some of our previous learning in year five.  In this picture, Rosie is demonstrating how different forces/amount  of force/balanced force with her partner, vary the effect on a single malteser.

We have recapped concepts including; basic forces, gravity, gravitational pull and momentum.  We have also extended our thinking to consider Sir Issac Newton’s ‘Laws of motion’.  See below for a poem which helped us.






Daniel and Damien demonstrate how a balanced force works.


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We have also started to experiment how FRICTION  (using different surfaces) impacts upon the force required to move an object.  This was measured by a force meter, measured using newtons.

Emotions :-)

In our Religious Education/SMSC lessons we have started to think about how different people express their emotions (including religious beliefs) through the arts.

We began last week by considering how we convey our own emotions in different ways.

Can you work out which emotion these children are trying to show?

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Our task was to then write a poem or song, create a mime or piece of artwork which expressed an emotion such as: love, happiness, fear or jealousy etc.


Harvey and Woody were extremely brave and chose to sing a song, without any backing music to accompany them. Their song was about being positive even when things become tough.  True to the point, Harvey reinforced this concept and supported Woody, enabling his friend to sing the song through to the end, when he lost his way.   We applauded both boys for their bravery and supportive nature towards each other.  Well done boys we are really proud of you!

Other children chose to:

  • sing their own song about love.
  • perform a mime about success (on the football pitch)!
  • write an acrostic poem – ‘anger inside me’.
  • demonstrate loneliness and jealousy through a play.
  • create artwork inspired by emotions.

It is important to say that not all children enjoy ‘performing’ in these type of lessons.  However it was amazing to observe EVERY child fully engaged, working with their friends in order to explain or show something which they had created.

Well done everyone!



Welcome to Mrs Webb’s class

Year 5 6

Welcome to Mrs Webb’s year five and six class.

Today – as you can see – we have been blessed with lots of sunshine.


However in the beautiful Calder Valley, we also experience a great deal of rain!

(Thank you to our amazing, parent photographer for this image! :-))

Without the rain – there would be no rainbow…




Blackpool – Y6 SATs treat

On Wednesday 22nd June, Y6 visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach.  This was a reward for all of their hard work and effort in preparation for their SATs and for their resilience during the tests themselves.


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We warmed ourselves up with The Grand National and then enjoyed a range of rides and games.

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Most of us were brave enough for the white knuckle rides!  Some, even willing to get soaking wet on Valhalla.  Mrs Webb will never learn!


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However for those of us brave enough, the Pepsi Max (The tallest roller coaster in the UK) was our favourite!


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Y6 – How do we get to high school?

On Wednesday afternoon, year 6 children were given a talk by Michael O’Neill of First Bus on how to travel to High School safely on a bus. As part of the talk, the children were shown how to read bus timetables and how to embark and disembark a bus safely. Following the classroom talk, the children were then taken to the bus stop outside school and asked to navigate the group to Calder High School using the bus timetables. They then navigated themselves from Calder High School to Sowerby Bridge High School before returning to school.

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Hollingworth Lake

Although we were disappointed that our visit to Edale was over, we were looking forward to stopping off at Hollingworth Lake on the way back.

“We had lots of fun in the arcade!  We swapped our winning tickets for prizes!”  Oliver D – Y5


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