Science

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Welcome
 
 
to Science at
 
 
St. Matthew's!
What the children say about Science 
"Science is my favourite subject, it is so fun because we get to work independently and work as a team to solve problems" Ruby KS2
 
" We get to do lots of fun experiments in science, I love being a crazy scientist" Joseph KS2
 
" I love doing science because we do experiments in groups and there is always a funny suprise" Jessica KS2
 
"My favourite part about science is that you get to learn about real life scientists and how they found out their theories" KS2 
 
"Science is so fun, we get to go outside and look for bugs and plants" Nancy KS1
 
 
Independence and Collaboration
At St Matthew's we believe passionately about developing children's independence, team work and collaboration in Science. Children work scientifically in mixed ability groups, each person has a purposeful role and work together to solve real life problems. By giving children this freedom to make mistakes and work together they can develop key working scientifically skills such as accuracy and precision. By continually questioning the experimental design, children are able to leave St Matthew's with a high level of critical and evaluative thinking which can be transferred to all areas of the curriculum.
Group roles-working collaboratively using role cards. 
St Matthew's are working hard to develop teamwork, cooperation and collaborative learning in Science. Children work in groups and are given a specific role such as:
  • Lab Technician- 
  • Lead Scientist
  • Experimenter
  • Co-Experimenter
  • These roles are changed each lesson so that all children are developing different scientific enquiry skills. 
Maths in Science 
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St Matthew's Science Week!
 
 
October 2018

Year 6

 

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 5 - Human Sundial
Year 5 - Toilet paper

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 4
 

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.

Science Bossters at St John Bosco 
Circuits, electrical conductors and insulators
 
Creating A Periscope
Year 6 build a periscope to explain refraction of light and angles. 
Pinhole experiment
How can we prove that light travels in straight lines? 
Making Rockets
How does the fin length and shape affect the distance travelled? 
How can we use toilet rolls to calculate the relative distances of the planets within our Solar System? If 1 sheet = 20million km. How many would we need to show the dastance between Uranus and Neptune? (244)
Modelling the Solar System- Explaining Galileo's Heliocenteic Theory
Year 5- Research project. How do we get day and night?
Problem
How can we make ice cream without a freezer?
Problem
Can we make water move from one cup to another without touching it? Year 2 investigate... 
Autumn term 2018 Science Week 2 
 
- the Revenge!
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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.

In Year 6 we have been looking at circuits and electricity. From drawing component symbols in circuit diagrams, to finding out what happens to bulbs or buzzers when you increase the amount of cells, or alter the thickness of wires. 
St Matthew's Winners of the SJB Science Fair 2018
-third consecutive year triumph!
 
We are delighted to announce that the Year 5 Girls have won at the St John Bosco Science Fair. This means that St Matthew's have won this award for 3 year consecutively. It was a huge honour to win as the competition this year was outstanding and we competed agains other schools from across North Liverpool. The project was to investigate whether age and gender impacts upon the ability of a person to multi task.  The children successfully completed a ten minute presentation, demonstration of their practical, explanation of their results aswell as a 'grilling' about their experimental design from both adults and children. Well done girls, you have really made us proud!  
How does the age of a child impact on heartrate and exercise ability? 
Year 2 investigates...
Science Booster at St John Bosco
Girls in year 5 had fun today dissecting a heart as part of the sceience booster sessions at St John Bosco. The children worked in groups to study the heart in detail, created detailed scientific drawings and learnt how structure and function are linked. This is the first of three sessions the girls will attend and aims to create learning at a greater depth for these learners. Fantastic!
Investigation
How does the distance from the fulcrum impact on the ability to lift a heavy load?
Designing the hull of a ship
How does the shape of an object impact on water resistance?
Designing a shoe for James Bond. Friction Investigation
Making Circuits
Children were given a range of scenario cards to test. Which circuit will work? 
Help! My puppy has made a mess. Year 2 investigate...
Which soil is the best filter? Year 3 investigate.
Twang experiment.
How does the length of a ruler hanging over a table impact on pitch? 
Investigation
How does the quantity of bicarbonate of soda impact on the amount of C02 produced? 
How does the temperature of a liquid impact on the solubility of salt? 
Year 5 girls have had their final science booster at St John Bosco. This session was based around 'light and shadows' and allowed them to create shadow puppets. They investigated how the shadow length and hieght changed as the distance from the light source increased or decreased. Finally, they tested the materials to determine whether they were transparent, transluscent or opaque. They discovered that as the light source moves further away, the height of the shadow decreases. 
 
Science Fair Project 2018
Is music a brain boost or a brain drain? Year 5 Stemmetes investigate. Year 5 girls are competing at St John Bosco in June and are hoping to win for the third year. Wish us luck!