Last week, Year 4 Amber and Saffron went on a trip to the Soanes Centre to learn all about insulators and conductors.
Here is some useful information before you read on any further:
- A material is what things are made of.
- An insulator is a material the does not allow heat to pass through it.
- A conductor is a material that does allow heat to pass through it.
We began by testing different materials using a thermal heat pad to identify which were insulators and which were conductors. Then, we realised which materials will be useful for insulating a home (cardboard, bubble wrap and fleece). Our classes were split into teams and then the games began!
We were given 20 minutes, all the insulation materials and a small, cardboard house to insulate and build. The team that built the house that was able to retain the most heat, won. After the time was up, our houses were tested. A light source (light bulb) was put inside the house and left (switched on) for 1 minute. A thermometer was also put in the house for the same amount of time and a line graph showed us the temperature of the house during that time. It was a close competition but the winning house reached a scorching 39 degrees Celsius! Great insulation!
This trip was a fantastic, practical workshop that helped us all understand what insulators and conductors are and how they are used efficiently in our world today.
This week Year 5 went on a lovely trip to the Museum of London Docklands. We had a great time walking around the museum and finding out lots of information about the industrial revolution. We saw one of the first wheelbarrows that were ever created and how machinery has advanced from a simple wheel to the transport systems and machines we have today. Have a look at some of the things we saw whilst we were there…