At St Bart’s, we are very proud of our Science and hold a national award called a PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark).
Throughout school we use the Collins ‘Snappy Science’ scheme, which covers all areas of the science curriculum, plus some enrichment topics. It covers the yearly topics set out in the national curriculum. We are proud that lots of our science is very ‘hands on’ and we show children lots of jobs they may get if they pursued science in later life.
Each year, we hold a science week, where special visitors and exciting activities are planned to raise the profile of science and ensure children love learning the subject. We have strong links with local schools and use funding to help secure excellent progress and attainment in science. We also get children involved at home through our termly ‘Science selfie’ homework, where children complete science experiments at home and take a picture of them with it, displayed on our website.
Curriculum - Science
Curriculum - Science - Useful Links
Curriculum - Science - Trees
In science we went for a walk around the school grounds to see if we could find any deciduous and evergreen trees. We collected some of the leaves from the trees and came back to class to sort and describe them.
Curriculum - Science - Materials and Senses
We have been looking at materials and investigated the best material to use to block out sunlight.
We used our sense of touch to feel different things and describe how they felt. Testing our sense of smell was a fun lesson, we smelt lots of different things, some we liked, some we really didn’t!
Curriculum - Science - Animals
In year 1 we have started looking at our topic about animals. We having been naming, identifying and grouping some common animals. We talked about which animals make good pets and why. Mrs Fields brought in her 2 tortoises, Gus and Sheldon and we talked about the features of reptiles. The children enjoyed feeding them lettuce and pears while having a closer look at them.
Curriculum - Science - Hygiene
We have been working hard to discover all the things that keep us healthy. This week we discussed the importance of hygiene.
To show how easily germs can stick to our hands we completed an experiment. The experiment proved that soap pushes all the germs away and stops them sticking to our hands.
We have learnt that washing our hands is really important and we should be doing it more then twice a day.
Curriculum - Science - Healthy Eating
In Science we are looking at healthy eating. We have already discussed the importance of healthy eating and this week we got to make some of our own healthy food. We really enjoyed discussing the different types of healthy food and we worked carefully to chop our own fruit to create a fruit yogurt pot. It was delicious.
Curriculum - Science - Pharaohs
Class 11 have had a fabulous time learning how to be an embalmer, learning about the process of mummifying our pharaohs . First of all, we cried for the pharaoh and pretended we were professional weepers - some of is took this role very seriously! We then created an incision to scoop their internal organs. We found out that if we really were Ancient Egyptians then we would keep their organs in a canopic jar. We learned that we needed to weigh the heart on a scale to make sure it was lighter than a feather. We were shocked to find out that every pharaoh was going to the underworld because their heart was not light enough. We then filled our pharaoh with natron (salt and bicarbonate of soda) and filled the rest of the sarcophagus with natron. Over the next few weeks, we will be recording what happens to our mummy and seeing if our predictions were right. We will them wrap it in bandages to finish the mummification process.
Curriculum - Science - Ears and Sound
Year 3 have been testing different materials that they thought would muffle sound and they then made their own ear defenders based on their findings.
Year 3 and year 4 have learnt about how we hear and how our ears work. We then researched the question ’Do all animals have the same hearing range?’ We chose how to present our findings.
Curriculum - Science - Materials & Star Constellations
Class 14 were challenged with separating 3 materials, sand, salt and pebbles, without any help or guidance. They used manual separation techniques, filtration and evaporation to retrieve each of the materials. We are also studying ‘who let the gods out?’ alongside our history topic of Ancient Greece. To support understanding we created our own star constellations relating to our Zodiac signs. We looked at star signs and created the constellations with paint and crystals.
Curriculum - Science - Tadpoles and Seeds
Our little guests are coming along swimmingly and have just begun to develop their hind legs. This means they will soon be ready to come out of the water onto their stones beach and then it will be time to release them. We have also been looking at seed dispersal and different types of seeds. We used our research sheets to identify and classify the seeds into groups according to their method of dispersal. We also enjoyed playing with the sticky buds and helicopters (sycamore seeds).
Curriculum - Science - Materials
In year 5, we have been studying materials, their properties, and how they differ from each other. In this lesson, class 15 were attempting to use various sieves, filters and techniques to separate the mix of rock salt, table salt, aquatic pebbles and sand! We had a great time and had some strong success!
Curriculum - Science - Lifecycles
Year 5 took part in a national live lesson all about lifecycles. We learnt about lambing and calving and even got to see a lamb and a calf being born! We then compared these lifecycles with a bearded dragon and a chicken.
Curriculum - Science - Air Resistance
Class 16 have been investigating forces and we used parachutes to investigate air resistance.
Some great parachutes were made and 3 of the children had parachute’s with a fall time of nearly 2 seconds.
Every group made the rubber fall slower, showing us the effects of air resistance.
Great work, well done.
Curriculum - Science - Apollo 11
Mr Leadbeater brought in his Lego model of the Apollo 11 to show the children how all the different parts of the rocket work. This really brought the moon walk to life for the children.
Curriculum - Science - Armley Park Visit
Year 5 spent an exciting couple of hours down at Armley park studying science and our local area. We studied nature that has its habitat in our local area and got familiar with it.
We collected seeds and helped with the mission of planting a huge new forest from Liverpool to Hull.
We also had lots of fun learning what plants need: We all had a lovely time and really enjoyed exploring our local area – Armley Park.
Curriculum - Science - Taxonomy
Year 6 have been taxonomists and worked together to classify animals.