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Science

Studying Science provides children with the foundations for understanding the world around us. Science encourages us to ask questions, find answers and make close observations about how and why things work as they do. While we develop these rational explanations we also aim to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Children enjoy finding out how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.

Yearly Overview

AutumnSpringSummer
Y1Everyday materials. Seasonal Change.Living things: Animals inc. humans. Seasonal Change.Living things: Plants. Seasonal Change.
Y2 Plants. Uses of materials. Materials: Investigating uses of materials. Animals: Including humans.Living things and their habitats
Y3 Light and dark. Forces and magnets.Animals: Including humans. Investigations.Rocks and soil. Plants.
Y4Living things and their habitats. Teeth and digestion.Electricity. Sound. Investigations. States of matter.
Y5Properties and changes in materials.Living things and their habitats. Animals: Including .Space. Forces.
Y6Light. Electricity.Evolution and inheritanceAnimals: Including humans. Living things: and their habitats

Science at Queen Edith is very “hands on” and children are encouraged to “Work Scientifically” during each and every topic. As such they develop a variety of important skills including the ability to plan, observe and evaluate. They become accustomed to using a variety of tools and equipment and over time become adept at presenting and explaining their findings. Investigating is at the heart of Science and Queen Edith children know we value their thinking.

For more information please click on the link to view our Science Policy on our Policies page.

 

In addition to practical tasks and investigations, children across the school also record their Science learning in a variety of ways:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

 

Ice Melting Investigation – Year 2

Year 2, following their own curiosities, decided on an ice investigation and were interested to answer this question – “How can melting be slowed down?”
They decided to compare melting speeds in a number of situations; a normal ice block; ice in foil; ice on a cold rock; ice surrounded by other ice blocks.
They were clear that all the ice blocks should be the same size and were put in and taken out of the freezer at the same time.
Their predictions were wide and varied. Which ice block do YOU think will melt last?

We found out that by far the slowest to melt (by 2 hours!) was the ice block surrounded by other pieces of ice. We decided that this was because the surrounding ice blocks were “shielding” the main ice cube from the warmth of the room. Children also discovered that the time it took for ice in foil to melt was not completely reliable, as we kept peeping inside the foil package to check it. This let the warm air in! Well done Year 2 – some serious investigating!

Teddy Bear Hospital at Addenbrooke’s – Year 2

Year 2 visited Addenbrooke’s Teddy Bear Hospital. They learned about healthy eating and exercise. They tried to identify mystery fruits wearing a blindfold and discovered that this is harder than you might think. They also tried many different exercises and scored a few points along the way! An important part of the day was finding out why and how we call the emergency services and they even helped their teddies into the ambulance. They were intrigued to see different hospital tests and treatments including taking temperatures, listening to the heart beating, x-rays and operations. Some children had to put their injured teddies in plaster! (You’ll be glad to know they all made a full recovery). They had lots of fun but did some serious learning about the human body and how it works. They were also amazed to find out some of the ways doctors and nurses look after us.