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.
|Y1||Everyday 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.|
|Y4||Living things and their habitats. Teeth and digestion.||Electricity. Sound.||Investigations. States of matter.|
|Y5||Properties and changes in materials.||Living things and their habitats. Animals: Including .||Space. Forces.|
|Y6||Light. Electricity.||Evolution and inheritance||Animals: 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:
Science Day – 14th June 2021
In 2.1 the children worked in small groups and came up with their own scientific question to answer. Our theme was ‘Transport’. Some of the children wanted to see if a paper aeroplane would fly further than a toy aeroplane. They discovered that the toy aeroplane flew further.
In science, 3.2 thought of three questions they wanted to try to answer. They were all inspired by our Year 3 garden:
- How many ladybird larvae can be seen on one plant?
- Which types of insect live on the plants in the Year 3 garden?
- Which plant is the most popular for insects to go on?
As you can see from the photos, we found lots of insects (especially aphids and ladybird larvae to eat them!)
All three groups managed to find answers to their question.
Science Day – 14th June 2021
4.1 Had a question in mind for Science Share Day:
‘Can we recreate a solar eclipse in the classroom?’ Teamwork, persistence, keen observation & problem solving skills allowed the children to answer this question.
After some discussion and research we found out that the Earth is roughly 4 times larger than the Moon. The children were put in charge of finding balls of a comparable size. A lamp was used as a light source. The next issue was finding out how far apart to place the Sun, Moon and Earth. Again, internet research allowed us to find out the Earth’s distance from the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. (We got measuring!). Similarly the Moon’s distance is 110 times the diameter. We then made a few adjustments to allow for classroom application. Phew, some of the harder calculations were complete! Next we had to suspend the Moon, as we realised it would have maximum effect if it was at the same height as the Earth’s equator. Books placed either side of the ball / Moon suspended on string gave us exactly the position we needed. Finally, the blinds were closed and the light switched on – but oh – we forgot to wrap the Moon in silver foil, which we felt was important. Take 2 and the moment of truth – would we create the eclipse? No! the light spread out and did not reach the Moon or Earth. Some super teamwork and problem solving meant we created tubes of paper and mounted them on the light. The channelled light travelled further and finally we created the eclipse! Incredible investigating from 4.1 and we surprised ourselves, as most predictions were that we would not succeed.
Science Day – June 14th 2021
On June 15th, Y5 celebrated Science Day by carrying out a fun investigation.
The children wanted to find out what sport makes us sweat the most.
They started considering all the possible variables (type of sport, weather, resting time etc.). Next, they decided how to carry out their investigation and finally, how to record their results. Some of them took photos to measure how red their faces were, others measured their heart rate and some touched their skin to feel how sticky it was.
In their groups, the children created some lovely posters and shared their findings with the rest of the class.
It was a very hot day and the children particularly enjoyed resting between the different stations!
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.