Scientists of Sea View
The purpose of studying science.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
NUSTEM : Mel came to visit us from Northumbria University to talk to us about what scientific jobs we could do in the future. She told us about what a 'glaciologist' does. She read us a story and did some experiments with ice and melting using food colouring and pipettes, so that we could see the effects.
We also made pictures using coloured ice cubes instead of paint.
We have enjoyed exploring minibeasts this term. We looked at different types of minibeasts and talked about the similarities and differences. We also sorted the minibeasts, such as those with wings and those without, and we sorted them according to how many legs they have. We went outdoors to go on a minibeast hunt!
We went on an Autumn walk to look at the wonders of nature. The crisp Autumn air, colourful crunchy leaves observing rich reds, warm oranges and bright yellow of the trees around us.
We made Autumn patterns ...
As part of our topic Amazing animals we have been learning to classify animals into groups - those which live on a farm and those that live in the jungle.
We are looking for signs of Spring.....
We can begin to see a splash of colour after a grey Winter. The weather was milder today and we spotted daffodils, bluebells and catkins on our walk.
This term we are exploring materials. We looked at a variety of everyday materials and discussed their properties and uses.
Materials and their Properties
We have been exploring everyday materials and their properties in Science. We used a range of scientific vocabulary to sort materials by properties such as smooth, rough, soft, hard, rigid, flexible, transparent and opaque. We tried to sort a range of materials as many different ways as we could and explained how we did it to peers each time.
Animals including humans
We categorised animals using properties we could describe; such as fluffy or young. We then matched animals to their young and did some pattern to seeking to recognise which animals look like their young and which do not. We discovered that lots of animals that come from eggs do not look like their parents at first and change lots before they are mature.
Forces and magnets
This term we are exploring forces and magnets in our Science topic. The children enjoyed experimenting with different surfaces on the effects of friction.
This term we have been exploring the digestive system as part of our animals including humans topic
Some of our exciting lessons have included:
- Modelling the digestive system using everyday items (it was very messy!)
- Identifying different types of teeth in animal skulls
- Looking at the effects of different liquids on our teeth using egg shells
We have conducted various investigations exploring the impact of Forces on our everyday lives.MI5 set us a challenge of exploring friction and we used our knowledge levers, cogs and gears to design and make slingshot cars.
Exploring Balanced and Unbalanced Forces.
James Bond Challenge.
Animals including Humans
During our topic ‘Animals including Humans’ we looked closely at the functions of the heart and blood, describing the way nutrients and water are transported. We then recognised the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function.
Nutrients and Water in our Blood…