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Lab_13 Irchester’s 7th Birthday celebrations!

June 15, 2018

This weeks Lab-13 Blog is all about… OUR BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

This year we are celebrating the 7th year of having  a Lab_13 and scientist in residence at Irchester! We had a fun filled week at the end of last term, with special guests, fun activities in every class and a fancy dress day! Being 7 is an important age for us, because it means we started at the same time our year 6’s started school!

We decided to make our birthday all about outer space and curiosity, in honour of a very special scientist. Professor Stephen Hawking is a great role model for lots of reasons.He studied the universe, black holes(which are nowhere near us!),time and space, wondered if time travelling was possible and also thought curiosity was very important- just like us. And he did all this despite being very ill, and needing a wheelchair move and computer to talk. We’ve put a brilliant quote from him up on our front gate:

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.committee 2

Here are some of the activities we did for our Birthday:

Foundation stage went to a planetarium and told us that they saw a man and a rocket flying through space. They also told us that they really enjoyed watching it. Years 1 & 2 made solar systems and really enjoyed it. They made them out of paper. Year 3 had some fun making bottle rockets AND blasted them! They also learnt about parabolic curves, which is the curve a rocket takes when it takes off, or a meteor makes to fall to Earth! They were very interested and had lots of fun!


Years 4 + 2 did a science experiment with Miss Draper! They discovered that a magnet is stronger gravity by seeing if a paperclip would stick to the magnet or stay on the table, and that they were stronger than gravity because they could jump! The next experiment they did was about how strong gravity can be, by looking at how much energy meteorites get from gravity when they fall to Earth. They couldn’t make real meteorites, so they made mini ones using marbles and tubs of flour. They used a ruler to measure the height and dropped the marbles from different heights, to see how it changed the size of the crater.

Year 5 made a space game!  They thought it was interesting, fun and competitive! They also went to a really interesting talk about the history of astronauts, from the first space rockets up to the International Space Station the the possibility of going to Mars! Year 6 did something more challenging. They did a Mars Quiz! We talked to a few people and they said that they liked it and loved it.

For part of our celebrations we had a Time Travellers Tea party! everyone came to school dressed as someone from the past or the future.  Professor Hawking also held a time travellers tea party himself, where he only sent out the invitations afterwards so people would have to travel back in time to visit. It was very inconvenient for those without a time machine! For any time travellers out there, you are warmly invited to Lab_13 Irchester’s 7th Birthday Party last term!





Three of the committee came back as their older selves to tell us about the future, we also had a prince, an Ancient Egyptian and a Victorian train driver!


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