Irchester News: Coffee Morning Science and Thinktank!


On Friday the 24th of September, it was the 2017 Macmillan coffee morning, where we invited all the parents into school to buy cakes to support Macmillan. Every year group performed a song which they had been learning for about 2 weeks. LAB_13 did experiments to do with our senses with the parents, while they were waiting for the next year group to sing. We think the parents found our experiments really interesting, and they bought lots and lots of cake, raising over £700 pounds for Macmillan!

For one of the experiments we tested skittles and mints. We asked the grownups to shut their eyes and hold their nose, then to eat a skittle or a mint. Most found it very strange that they couldn’t taste it! The purpose of this experiment was to show that when you eat a mint you don’t taste it with your tongue; you smell it with your nose.

The second experiment was the prod test. Basically the lab Committee used some (blunt!) cocktail sticks and pressed them on the adult’s arm or neck. The adult had to guess how many sticks were touching. Most grownups got far more right for their hands than their necks. This showed that you have more nerves in your hands to feel things better when holding them.

Finally, we got out the confuser-phones and let the adults have a go! The confuser-phones swap the sound from one side to the other, so things sound like they are in a different place. We played a game with some adults where they had to shut their eyes and guess where we were just by hearing: it was really hard to get right!


Recently, year 5 and 6 went to the Birmingham Think Tank. There were lots of cool rooms, and the people were really nice, they showed us were to go, and explained really well. There was one room where it was to do with animals, and their different breeds. There were stuffed animals, which looked real. The Think Tank was amazing they had lots of different thing for us to do, and we all had so much fun! Joshua’s favourite part was the steam engines especially the spinning ball regulator. Emily really enjoyed was the science garden with lots of science things to play with, and Sophie’s favourite bit was the classroom where we learnt about the different categories of animals.

Br Sophie (year 6) and Cheryl (year 5)

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