- Lab Technician-
- Lead Scientist
- These roles are changed each lesson so that all children are developing different scientific enquiry skills.
In Science our current topic is 'Light'. We have been learning all about how light travels and how we see objects with the human eye. We can explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. We have been taking part in lots of experiments, including investigating how light travels, building periscopes, exploring shadows and looking at a range of phenomena including rainbows, colours on soap bubbles, objects looking bent in water, and coloured filters. In addition to this, we have of course been revisiting our usual Science skills of predicting, measuring, observing, communicating and inferring.
- Finnley - I have learnt that light travels in a straight line and can bounce off an object.
- Georgia- I learnt that light waves don't always go straight from the light source into you eye, they can bounce or reflect off another object.
- Chidu- Our pupils allows light to travel to the retina and it sends messsages to our brain.
- Kevin- The pupils can change size if you are exposed to light to quickly or if it is dark or light.
- Joel- The object is hit by travelling photons in the light wave.
- Callum M- Light is a type of energy known as electromagnetic radiation. It is made up of photons, little particles of energy.
Year 3 Science
Our topic this half term was ‘Animals including humans’. We started by investigating our diets and what we eat then acted as advisors to a boy called Will who needed help with what he ate. Then we worked out how much sugar he had, created bar graphs to show our results and gave him advice on how to change his diet. This moved on to looking at a balanced diet and what humans and different animals should have to be healthy. We also looked at the human skeleton, drawing around ourselves on huge pieces of paper and trying to draw where the bones might be and what they were called before researching the real locations and names. We rounded off the topic by going on a trip to Martin Mere to look at the different wildlife there so that we could see how they move and how they’re different to us.
The children have been working together to identify the offspring of different animals and have identified the basic needs of animals, creating their own shelter for an animal of their choosing. Alongside this, the children planned and conducted a test to determine whether we get faster as we get older. They completed 5 races between 5 receptions and 5 year 2s. Some of the children predicted the older students would be faster because they have longer legs and are older so have had more practice. However, after analysing the results, we discovered, that younger children are faster, but more tests would need to be conducted to confirm this.
It is Science Week here at St. Matthews and Year 4 have started our 'Electricity' topic! We have been learning all about different types of electrical energy, renewable and non-renewable resources and the differences between battery and mains power. Our practical experiments have been lots of fun! We’ve been making circuits and testing different conductors/insulators and switches. Our scientific reporting skills are really improving too, we’ve been predicting outcomes and drawing different charts to show our results.
Year 2 have been talking about living things and their habitats. First we determined what is alive and dead and what has never been alive by identifying the characteristics of living things, such as they need oxygen, food etc.. We have also described habitats, including micro-habitats and identified animals that lived there before beginning to discuss the suitability of said habitats. We have recognised and discussed how living things adapt to their environments to allow them to live. We have also observed life cycles and created our own life cycles using different animals.
Year 3 have been exploring light and shadows. We started by looking at what light sources are and how they’re different to non-light sources like the moon or a mirror. We also looked at how light can be reflected off different surfaces and how the reflected light can change direction or appearance. Finally, we investigated how the length of shadows can change depending on the distance the object is from the source of light – quite a challenging lesson, but very fun and interesting!
Year 4 have been learning all about states of matter in our science lessons over the last 2 weeks. We have been fascinated by different solids, liquids and gases. All of the budding scientists in Year 4 planned, led and reviewed a series of investigations all about changing states. We melted chocolate, coloured ice cubes and also timed the amount of time it took paper towels to dry in different temperatures. We have learnt key words such as heating, cooling, evaporating and vapour. We love science weeks!
In Year 5 we have been leaning that forces are more than just pushes and pulls. We have looked at how some forces can be useful and some can be a hindrance. We looked at how our shoes can create friction on different surfaces, how different shapes create less water resistance and how air resistance can save people lives. It was a fun topic with lots of opportunities to work like real scientists.