Ida Little Adventure

Welcome to my Diary!

Here you will find stories and pictures of all my adventures – so make sure you visit regularly to see where I’ve been and what I’ve been learning.

I still have to add all my photos for science week from all the iPads so come back soon to see them!


Generation science teaching us about the body.


Trying out experiments

Science Week

I have had an amazing week and have learned so much thanks to Science Week at St Joseph’s.
Here are some of my highlights.

I visited Immersive theatre dome and watched a show called Sunshine. We looked at stars and I learned the song twinkle twinkle little star – I really like that song!

I went to a workshop on Flight with Miss Morgan and one on Garden with Mrs McAllister. I helped to make a parachute and tested it too! I got to plant a sunflower seed to take home and I learned what all the different parts of a plant were called, what they do as well as what they need to grow.
At St Josephs we only use organic fertiliser and I had a look at the cow manure and got to smell the manure – phew what a smell!!

P3 H/P let me come along to their child- led workshop. We learned about the body and which side is our most dominant side with Alison and Tobe.

P1P invited me along to their happy habitat hunt workshop with Deidra and Matilda. We looked at different bugs and where they live.

I took some photos from some other workshops I visited. Have you seen the bridges that some pupils made!!

Look at the robots – I’m going home to make one of these!

Generation Science showed us how important bees are for pollination and we were doing some pollination too with our bee shoes! We also did bee dance and song -it was really great!

In the home economics room we made blueberry and banana muffins or pizza and we saw how the ingredients we added changed into something different with the heat of the oven.

On the spot science in the infant playground was great with Oyenmwen and Matilda. A dirty coin was dipped in some magic ingredients and it came out shiny! I didn’t know raisins could bounce! But if raisins are soaked with vinegar and baking soda they start to bounce in the jar – it was amazing! Alison and Angela showed us that with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in a bag and a little shake it all exploded -WOW!
A volcano erupted too and it looked so real. All of these experiments were in the playground at break time and lunchtime – science really was everywhere!

Subsea 7 came in to school and told us what it is like to be a diver and how they use ROV’s (remote operated vehicles) to help work under the sea to check pipelines and fix things in deep water for the oil and gas industry. The divers have to breathe a helium mix and when they are diving they sound like they have squeaky voices! The helmet they have to wear is unbelievably heavy. They also have to stay in a sealed chamber for up to a month at a time to live at the correct pressure for working deep down in the sea.

 My Easter Holidays!

During the Easter Holidays I travelled to the Isle of Lewis on the West coast of Scotland. I travelled by ferry. The ferry is made of metal and when I tried to see if a piece of metal would float – it sank! So how does a big ferry made of so much metal stay afloat and carry so many lorries, buses, cars and people?


The ferry was tightly packed with vehicles.


Here I am waiting to board the ferry






During the ferry crossing I saw a rainbow out the window! What is a rainbow? Where does it come from?


There are very few trees on Lewis. Why?    thumb_IMG_3911_1024

thumb_IMG_3950_1024 Here are 2 trees that someone had tried to grow in their garthumb_IMG_3930_1024den – look what happened – they are only growing on one side and are bending over!

Lewis is very windy so trees do not grow very well. The wind is put to good use though – they have lots of wind turbines to provide electricity.

If there are no trees – where do birds build their nests?

Birds have to nest on the ground – but that can cause problems too as their nests are then vulnerable to predators. Lewis had no hedgehogs but 2 teachers brought over a couple of hedgehogs to show their class and then let them loose on the island. These hedgehogs had family and they in turn had family and so the population of hedgehogs grew -BUT – the hedgehogs were damaging the bird population as they were destroying bird nests. The RSPB arranged for a cull of hedgehogs on the island. It just shows that Nature has an order of things and there were no hedgehogs for a reason!






14 thoughts on “Ida Little Adventure

  1. Claire Elspeth Reid

    The science week for you must have been awesome! I’ve been to the Isle of Lewis before. It is really fun! A rainbow is different colours stuck together in a specific pattern. Also it comes out of the sea when it has been raining and it has been sunny at the same time. A ferry is able to hold all the transport even if it is made out of metal because it contains lots of air to help it float and it is shaped in a specific way.

    1. ecogroup Post author

      Clare, WOW! That is what I thought of science week! I’m so glad I got to join in.
      Thank you for letting me know more about rainbows – they are so beautiful and I can’t wait to see another one!
      That is really clever how they make boats out of things that normally wouldn’t float!
      Thank you for helping me and please keep visiting my page to see what I’ve been up to and maybe you could help me answer any other questions I have?!

    1. ecogroup Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it all Cian and I don’t think that’s the end – I think Prof Ida Theory has more science she wants to share with us!

  2. Rena

    I wish science week was every week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. ecogroup Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it so much Rena! I know that Professor Ida Theory is already planning science events for next year and I’m going to be there to learn some more about science – I never knew it could be so interesting!

  3. Deidra

    science week was a big success but a bit of a mess with the slime we had made with few of the they say a big mess is a big success . A big thank you to Miss Morgan,Mrs Mcallister and Ida theory for planning this fun week for our school. We hope your effort gets us gold in science and I’m sure we will . After all we had the best week EVER!!!!!!!

    1. ecogroup Post author

      Deidra, Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed Science Week! A big thank you also goes out to all the SPOTTERS too as experiments like the slime would not have been possible without you!You were all a big help in Science week and Ida Theory is so grateful for all your hard work.

  4. Moyra macneil

    Hi there,

    I go to Barra more than once every year, my family are from the isle of vatersay, so I have experienced quite a few of the same problems on the island. There are a couple of others that you haven’t mentioned, I know that Barra has a huge rat problem. This has grown very bad over the years mainly because there are very few cats to keep it in check naturally. The cats that are on the island are feral, no-one seems to keep any as pets. The second thing is that the introduction of a bridge link ( causeway ) between Barra and vatersay seems to have had an effect on the tidal paths and fishing routes, which is a big thing somewhere were this is your livelyhood! I just wondered whether you had any experience of these?

    Loved your report


    1. ecogroup Post author

      Thank you for your great comment – it was really interesting! It is great to learn new and unusual things about the beautiful country in which we live.
      I would love to hear if anyone else has other interesting science related facts about Scotland. I’m going to Lewis and Harris again this Summer so if I learn anything you can be sure I will pass it on!
      Thank you again
      Professor Ida Theory


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