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P3,4,5 Science / 10 June 2019 Monday / Crayons, Electricity

We are not going to paint a rosy picture of our students enjoying our lessons all the time. For the experiment on upcycling crayons, which the students were supposed to observe the melting of used crayons to be transformed into new ones. The process – melting of the crayons got them to pinch their noses. Yeap, the smell was unpleasant and the complains came fast and furious. We still went ahead and got them to observe, pinched noses and all. Once the air cleared, and the students settled down, we asked them for their observation. True enough, some told us the smell was “horrible” and “disgusting”. We had to keep a straight face and went on to explain the reasons behind that, using the States of Matter topic to run through concepts and key Science vocabulary to use.

The next experiment was more controlled. They were excited to see how a bulb lights up and they took turns to connect the switch to witness the connection.


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P6 Science / 7 June 2019 Friday / Experiments b2b

Yeap, we allowed our P6 to have their medley of experiments when they requested, but we covered the important and necessary topics before the fun. It was also a full house for our P6 boys and girls. Each time there is a holiday, we merge the genders together for some interaction.

There were a total of 4 experiments. First was on the Digestive System, where they got to observe the effects of the soft drink “dissolving” the crumbs. Second was on Life Cycles, where they got to observe the embryo and other parts of the egg and recapped on the topic. The third experiment was on Energy Changes, where they had to use their erasers to recap on the topic as they were competing to win the country flag erasers. It was not easy as they were obviously distracted by wanting to win! The last experiment was also on Energy Changes, using a paper aeroplane. Even our girls could fold a paper plane and make a decent flight landing!

It was always fun observing how competitive the genders are, in a good, clean and fun way!

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XYZ Learning Journey

This project was done last year. I love that my boys’ kindy incorporate simple Science experiments for the students to do at home over the holidays. As this is close to my heart and I have a weakness for Science experiments, I dug out the materials needed for the experiment. I read through the instructions and preparations with my eldest boy, and got him to pose unwillingly. He was impatient to start the shaking!

It was a good 5 minutes and more worth of arms exercising, with the daddy roped in to help solidify the mixture. The butter was a success! We poured out the excess liquid and quickly put in the refrigerator to chill. We forgot to take the final result though. Just as we were about to dig in to taste, my helper told us she forgot to sterilize the glass bottle. We had to dump the creamy gold with the boys protesting. We will try it again!

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P3,4,5,6 Science / 6 June 2019 Thursday / Celery Stalks & Magnets

We planned another round of experiments for our combined Science classes to observe the plant transport system and how magnets attract magnetic materials. Using the stalks of the humble and healthy vegetables, we explained how plants are able to transport water from the stems to the other plant parts. Check out the coloured parts on the top of the stalks. What do you observe?

For the latter part of the experiment, the class was asked how to “fish” out the paper clips in the cup of water without using their hands to pick. They only have a magnet to help. Naturally, when you show children the tools, they are able to tell you how. We made this a competition to see who were able to “fish” out the most paper clips within 5 seconds. For our P6s, we cut the time to 2 seconds!


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P3,4,5 Science / 3 June 2019 / Jumping Dolls & Ooobleck

Full house. This was the maximum capacity that we can have. Again, we have a mixture of our P3,4 and 5 students all coming together to learn and grow. Through a simple game like challenging them to shoot their bouncing dolls into a container, we teach them Energy Changes. We do acknowledge that they will forget what they have learnt, but we are confident that they will recall and remember when they are in P6. Engaging them helps them connect lessons better. Check out the video below for the fun!

What’s Ooobleck? Some of our students asked. It is a non-Newtonian fluid, which can be a liquid (under certain conditions) and a solid (under certain conditions). We got our hands to mix the starch and water to get the right consistency. Some commented their hands felt smooth after mixing! A new facial mask in the making? That aside, our students had fun with the mixture and could not wait to show their parents!


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P1-2 English / 6 June 2019 Thursday / Craft Writing

Not to be left out, our P1-2 English classes have their own fun craft-tivity too. Something similar to what we have been doing. However, we tweaked the lesson to be slightly different. We do not like to repeat the same delivery of lessons, as we like to not only prick our brain cells, we also like to challenge students beyond their comfort zone. After they had chosen their pictures, we helped them to form a unique story of their own to write out. Interesting ideas, and we helped to neaten up their grammar and sentence structures.


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P3,4,5 English / 3 June 2019 Monday /Stretch A Sentence

It is a pity that our classroom is limited at some point of time. We will love to open as many students as we can (as we turned down quite a few due to space constraints), so we make do with what we have. Getting our students across all levels is a twice in a year affair for us. We love to merge our students with different ages together to bounce ideas and to socialize, like a market place for students.

With this in mind, we had to find a common interest and this was easy for us. We whipped out our flash cards and got our students working. This served as an ice breaker as the group of students that we had divided were busy choosing the pictures in the cards and debating which ones they had chosen. Once the teams had chosen the cards, we got them to use the W+H to S.T.R.E.T.C.H a sentence. Somehow, they found that interesting and were very creative forming the sentences. We captured their work and their ideas were amazing, sans the grammar and sentence errors.


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P6 Science / 31 May 2019 Friday /Starch & Iodine

A suitable experiment to show how certain foods contain starch is via the iodine solution test. We grabbed what we had, added in the different food groups and went ahead to show our boys. However, we questioned the class that the experiment was not a fair test, and asked them how to make changes to ensure the test was accurate and reliable. Sounds familiar right? Yeap, some questions in the Science papers do ask as such.

The boys were able to respond appropriately. Can you make the guesses?

We dripped the iodine solution and observed. Blue black – starch / Yellowish Brown – no starch. Are your answers correct?

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P3-4 Science / 30 May 2019 Thursday / Heat & Temp

Same same but different. We have been teaching Heat & Temperature for the whole week and one may ask if we are tired of doing that. It is a resounding NO. How can it be when although the same topics/key words/lesson concepts and so on are taught, the reactions and responses from our students from 9-12 years old are different! The only similarity are the smiles on their faces to actually able to have a hands on go on the experiments! That – is priceless.


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