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

Explorify

PSTT (Primary Science Teaching Trust)

 

Curriculum - Science - Trees

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 (Y1 & Y2)

Class 5 enjoyed going on a material hunt as part of their science lesson this week. 

 

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 - Local Area Rocks

We went on a rock hunt to identify and compare the rocks in our local area. We found lots of natural and man-made rocks being used for different things. We found evidence of erosion and discussed why some things are used today. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Fossils

We finished off our rocks and fossils topic it’s a fantastic trip to the National coal mining museum. The children loved showing off everything they had learnt and also got to see what it is like deep underground in a real mine! We also made our own fossils which we got to take home and did some rubbings of real life fossils. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Magnetised Nails

Today we magnetised a nail to test how long it would stay magnetic for. We all took different approaches and we discussed our results and anomalies as a class. 

 

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 - Water & Plants

This week we looked at how water is transported through plants. We placed our flowers in water with food colouring to see what happened. When we checked the next day the petals had changed colour! We talked about how the water travels up the stem and through the plant. 

 

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 - Plants

Class 11 have been designing their own plants and thinking about the environment they might live in along with special features that make them unique.

 

Curriculum - Science - Rocks

Class 11 have been working hard classifying 6 different types of rock (slate, chalk, sandstone, marble, granite and limestone).They followed questions to find out which ones were which and then answered questions about them.

 

Curriculum - Science - Dinosaur Fossils

Class 11 have been showing how dinosaurs were fossilised over time using modelling clay and toy dinosaurs. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Friction

We investigated friction by comparing how vehicles moved on different surfaces. We changed the surface but kept our ramp and vehicles the same.

 

Curriculum - Science - Fossils

In science we have been looking at how fossils are formed. We also made our own dinosaur fossils and explained how we made them. We talked about true form fossils which means that you will find the remains of the animal in the ground. We also talked about how animals may leave a cast on a rock or how you can find trace fossils which could be a footprint, claw mark or even poo!

 

Curriculum - Science - Magnetic Poles

We learnt about magnetic poles. We tested different magnets and tried to put like poles together. We recorded what we found and then learned how a compass works. We used this to do a treasure hunt of famous Leeds landmarks and familiar local places. 

 

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 - Human Lifecycles

We studied the human lifecycle and found out about the different types of reproduction. We classified different things according to how they reproduce and then researched the physical changes that occur in humans from being a fertilised egg until we reach old age. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Pulse Rate Investigation

Class 15 enjoyed investigating how pulse rate can change depending on the type of exercise completed.  Children worked in pairs to plan their investigation, record results and complete a conclusion.

 

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 - Circulatory System

Year 6 have enjoyed making the circulatory system. They have worked together to label all of the parts.

 

Curriculum - Science - Taxonomists

Class 15 have enjoyed been taxonomists classifying living things using their own classification keys.

 

Curriculum - Science - Circuits

Class 17 enjoyed their practical science lesson this week. Once they tested different circuits to see if they worked, they explored the classroom finding metal objects that could conduct the electricity in the circuit.