Term 3 2022 - Science

EYFS


The children in our foundation stage have been talking about the effects of global warming and climate change. They looked at how the changes are making our polar ice caps melt.




Then the children learnt that when something melts it changes from a solid to a liquid. The children put this to the test by placing cups of frozen water, the ‘snowmen’ in different places around the classroom. Results were recorded and predictions revisited.




Over the course of a week the children had the chance to observe the hanging crystal experiment. They found out that as the water evaporates crystals form on the wool. The crystal stings get longer as more water drips down.



Year 1


In Year 1 the children have been using the science skill of observing closely to identify and classify materials. They had the opportunity to examine a variety of objects around the classroom to determine what type of material they were made from. The children identified their own criteria for sorting the materials. They decided to sort the objects into categories based on whether they were made from wood, plastic, glass, or metal.




Year 2

The children in Year 2 have taken their observation skills a step further to support the identification of everyday materials they could find around them. The children also learnt how to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.


The children showed they could ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways. The children decided why each wasn’t the best choice of material. The children used to describe words such as soft, strong, and bendy.





The children then received a letter from the CEO of Adidas asking them for help to find a suitable material for the soles of their new shoes. They conducted two experiments to find the material which was bounciest and provided the most grip.




The children then received a letter from the CEO of Adidas asking them for help to find a suitable material for the soles of their new shoes. They conducted two experiments to find the material which was bounciest and provided the most grip.


Year 3


In year 3 the children have been learning all about rocks.


The children started by discussing the adjectives they would use to describe each type of rock. The children then had the chance to feel, look and test each rock, coming up with a list of properties to describe each one.

Then the children tested the permeability and durability of different types of rocks.


The children were able to group together different kinds of rocks based on their appearance and simple physical properties.




Year 4

Children in year 4 have begun their new unit on electricity. The children have been challenged to construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying, and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.



The children have also been challenged to identify whether a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery.




Using the results of their experiments the children will draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements, and raise further questions.





Year 5

In year 5 the children have been exploring the life and discoveries of Isaac Newton.

The children carried out research and found out Newton bought a prism at a fair. He was fascinated by the rainbow it created when light shone through it, and he wanted to understand why this was.


The children used torches and prisms to attempt to create their own rainbows.




The children then used practical resources provided to gather evidence to answer questions generated about water resistance. The children discussed how to identify a way to test the effects of water resistance fairly.








Their results were recorded in a table and the children The children record their observations using drawings, labelled diagrams and in writing.





Using their observations and ideas the children were able to draw concussions from their experiment and to suggest answers to initial questions.







Year 6

In year 6 the children have started a new topic on light. They have been discussing that light appears to travel in straight lines.

They have also been testing different transparent, opaque, translucent materials to see if light can pass through each material and how it is affected.