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Michaela Community School – Practicals in Science

December 1, 2017

  Practical science lessons were the topic of a Twitter #ASEChat in early November and we spotted some Gratnells trays being used as part of a practical lesson by Michaela Community School in Brent, London. The images were accompanied by a brilliant article by science teacher Cassandra Cheng, who outlines the school’s process for practical…

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Surface Tension Boats

September 14, 2017

Equipment 1 x Gratnells A3 or Art tray containing tap water ~3cm deep 10ml washing up liquid/ liquid soap in a small beaker or Gratnells mini tray 2 x 3ml plastic pipette A5 sheet thick card, thin polystyrene or corflute to make a boat (click here to download the template) 1 x scissors 1 x…

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Squishy circuits

September 14, 2017

Equipment 1 x insulating dough (see recipe and method below) 1 x conductive dough (see recipe and method below) 1 x microwaveable container with lid 2 x large resealable food storage bags 1 x wooden spoon 1 x 9V PP9 battery 3 x different coloured LEDs 2 x electrical circuit wires with crocodile clips at…

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Gravity

September 7, 2017

Pop your safety goggles on, grab a #Gratnells tray & defy gravity with this exciting experiment – we used marbles, Skittles & Maltesers! What you need Gratnells tray Safety goggles Wine glass (thinner towards the neck) Small spherical objects (sweets, marbles, etc)   What you do Grab your safety goggles – these are undoubtedly the…

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Gratnells tray photoframes – World Friendship Day

September 5, 2017

What you need Gratnells trays (and mini trays if you have some!) Poster paints Tray of water Tissue Felt pens/crayons/pencils Paper or card Cardboard strips Glue gun or double sided sticky tape Bluetac What you do 1. Add a few blobs of different coloured paint to a Gratnells tray and get ready for some finger…

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Writing letters in the sand

September 5, 2017

What you need A selection of Gratnells trays Sand – you could also experiment with coloured rice or glitter Example letters to copy – ours are from Yellow Door What you do 1. Line up your Gratnells trays either on the floor or a table and fill with a shallow layer of sand. 2. Hand…

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Alphabet sorting trays

September 5, 2017

What you need A range of Gratnells trays Some printed letter cards – ours are from Yellow Door A classroom/home full of objects safe for children to move and sort into trays What you do 1. Arrange your Gratnells trays on the floor or table and assign each one a letter of the alphabet. 2….

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Edx Education Rainbow Pebbles

September 5, 2017

  What you will need: Gratnells Trays Edx Education Rainbow Pebbles Gratnells dividers or inserts for organisation & storage What you do 1. When you first get your Edx Education Rainbow Pebbles, we recommend organising these into a Gratnells tray with an insert and grouping the pebbles by colour. This encourages tidiness, but also makes…

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Pasta necklaces

July 31, 2017

What you will need: Uncooked pasta (we suggest penne) Paint String Paintbrush Your Gratnells Tray Take your Gratnells tray and fill it with uncooked Penne pasta. Add colour to your dried pasta with your paints and paintbrushes. Once the colouring on your pasta has dried, you can start feeding them onto your string to create…

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