Science at St Andrew's
We want to make Science at St Andrew’s as engaging and hands-on as possible, where appropriate. We want to encourage the next generation of scientists, investigators, engineers, and well-rounded individuals, by:
- Modelling and encouraging use of appropriate and accurate scientific vocabulary in relation to area of study
- Allowing plentiful child-led investigations where the pupils investigate answers to both their own and given questions
- Inspiring and exciting by teaching, visits and/or visitors demonstrating scientific experiments
- Learning about key areas of chemistry, biology and physics depending on their learning stage
- Making predictions using prior knowledge and analyse results of investigations
- Exposing children to relevant real-life examples of scientific theories where possible to deepen understanding
What are we learning?
There’s lots happening in Science at the moment here at St Andrew’s!
EYFS are conducting an experiment involving bread, and the different things that might make it go mouldy.
Year 1 are learning all about the four seasons and weather. They have made rain gauges and are tracking the weather in winter, to see if they can spot any patterns in their data. They have also been on a winter walk so they can compare the weather in spring and summer as it changes.
Year 2 are learning about living things. They have investigated their school surroundings to identify different mini-beast habitats. They hunted under logs, in the soil and in hedges, and found all sorts of animals like snails, worms, slugs and woodlice!
Year 3 have had a very exciting term so far with lots of experiments:
*Paper mouse rockets (investigating air pressure/height)
*Tablet rockets (Investigating gases)
*Paper towel experiment (testing absorbency)
*Paper planes (testing air resistance/ travel)
Year 4 are learning all about the digestive system and bodies. They are investigating the causes and results of tooth decay, by putting eggs in jars and covering them in different liquids to judge the effects – watch this space for the results!
Year 5 are learning about the Earth, Moon and Sun. They are looking at spherical objects and how these relate to the planets and solar system. The children have come up with an ingenious way of demonstrating the Earth’s rotation resulting in night and day.
Year 6 are studying ‘Inheritance’ and examining the way we inherit features and traits from our families. They have also been looking at how humans and animals have evolved over time.
We are also so excited to say that next term, to help celebrate British Science Week, we are being visited by Professor Bubbleworks. They will be holding interactive assemblies and workshops for every class, designed to inspire and encourage children to ask investigative questions. The theme of British Science Week 2020 is ‘Our Diverse Planet’. Each class will be coming up with their own investigations using this as a starting point. We can’t wait to show you some of the results!
Here’s a taster of what the team from Professor Bubbleworks might be showing us: