Here at St Bart's we are proud of science in our school - we hold a national award PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) at GILT level. This means that science is embedded in everything we do. 

Throughout school we ensure hands on learning through the five enquiry types where scientific skills are developed and built on from Nursery all the way to Year 6. We aim to take learning outdoors as much as possible.

Children learn about different science roles available in the world around them and how it fits in to their everyday lives. We love having visitors in to talk about their jobs in science and encourage all of the children to see themselves as mini scientists. 

In our science club the children are in charge of developing and maintaining our brand-new wildlife site. We can't wait to see what they do with it!

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Curriculum - Science - Liquids and Teeth

Today we investigated the effects of the different liquids on the ‘teeth’. We looked closely with magnifying glasses and drew labelled diagrams of what we saw. We though about high teeth in our mouths are most susceptible to rot and decay. We also compared teeth of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores.

 

Curriculum - Science - Trees

In science this week we have been looking at the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. We went on a tree hunt around the school and looked at the different leaves to help us decide what kind of tree it was.

 

Curriculum - Science - Human Teeth and Drinks

In science we have been looking at human teeth and investigating what drinks cause the most damage to teeth. Last week we set up our investigation putting chalk into 6 different liquids. This week we recorded our observations. We got some surprising results. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Plants

In Science, we have been continuing our topic on plants. We planted 'magic' beans and we can't wait to watch them grow into beanstalks.

 

Curriculum - Science - Human Teeth

In science we have started a new topic looking at human teeth. Today class 9 set up an experiment to test which drinks are most destructive to teeth and made predictions. We also used mirrors to look at our partners teeth and tested ourselves to see if we could name the different teeth.

 

Curriculum - Science - Temperature & Water

In science this week, class 16 have been looking at how quickly coffee and sugar dissolve at different temperatures in water.

 

Curriculum - Science - Dan the Explorer

Class 4 were very excited to meet a real life explorer! We enjoyed taking part in the workshop and learned about what it takes to be an explorer. Dan (our explorer) showed us lots of photographs from his adventures and even brought in some artefacts for us to look at, touch and draw. We got to try on some of his special clothes, touch a seal skin and stroke the tail of an arctic fox. Dan talked to us about how heavy a polar bear was. He said that it weighed 10 time his weight. We all worked together to see if we could lift him up. He was very heavy. We don't think we could lift up a polar bear.

 

Curriculum - Science - Material Properties

Class 14 have been studying the properties of materials and designed an experiment to investigate what happens to ice when salt is added. Great work class 14. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Food Chains

In class 6, we have been exploring food chains in Science. We learnt new vocabulary - producer, consumer and predator, before working in groups to make food chains.  

 

Curriculum - Science - Gas and Weight

In science this week, we investigated whether gas weighs anything. We shared our ideas giving examples from previous investigations, life experiences and our own knowledge. Then we weighed a bottle of fizzy water. We discussed what happens when you shake fizzy drinks before opening.  We then did exactly that! We could hear the gas escaping and when we weighed it, the bottle of water weighed less. This proved that the gas must have weighed something when it was in the bottle. We discussed what we had observed and used reasons to back up our ideas.  

 

Curriculum - Science - Ice and Salt

Class 13 have set up their own tests in science to investigate the affect salt has on melting ice. They concluded that salt rapidly speeds up the melting process. The children loved being in charge of setting up their own experiments and only having one variable to keep it fair. 

 

Curriculum - Science - States of Matter

In science this half term we have been learning about states of matter. This week we used iPads to research boiling and melting points of different substances. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Boiling Points

We researched the melting and boiling points of different natural materials. We discussed why we had to research this as it was too dangerous to have such high temperatures in a classroom. We also discussed uses for things made out of metals with such high melting points such as for ovens and toasters. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Living Things

In class 6, we have continued learning about living things. Today we have learnt what a herbivore, carnivore and omnivore is and sorted animals according to what they eat.

 

Curriculum - Science - Ice Melting Experiment

In science this week we worked together to analyse the results from our ice melting experiment. We worked together to create a graph to show how quickly small pieces of ice melt compared to big pieces of ice. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Checking our Crops

Today we watered our lettuces that were planted last week. We couldn’t believe how much they had grown. We also checked on our onions and garlic that were planted last year. They’re not quite ready to harvest yet. We looked for places to put our bird boxes and we researched insect hotels so that we can build one in the garden. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Classifying Animals

In class 6 we have been classifying animals in Science. We looked at each group of animals, before working together to sort a variety of animals.

 

Curriculum - Science - Shape

Well done class 17 on our first lesson of properties of shape. We really enjoyed using the feely bags, and guessing what objects were within them. We grouped and classified different objects based on the properties of flexibility, transparency and hardness.

 

Curriculum - Science - Trip to The Deep

Year 5 and year 6 had an amazing day out at The Deep in Hull.  Children enjoyed exploring the different areas of The Deep:  Awakening Seas, Lagoon of Light, Endless Oceans , Amazon exhibits, Cool Seas, Kingdom of Ice, Deep Blue One and Living Rivers. Children sketched different marine life (penguins were a particular favourite) and gained a greater insight into the aquatic world. They also took part in a classroom activity:  Our World’s plastic problem. Children gained an insight into how plastic is causing problems for the world’s oceans and also how we can help reduce the world’s plastic problem. A great day was had by all!

 

Curriculum - Science - Exploring Objects

In class 6, our Science lesson was exploring whether objects are alive, once alive or never alive. We learnt what makes something alive then worked together to sort lots of different objects.

 

Curriculum - Science - Properties of Materials

Today in science we have been looking at different materials and their properties. We had a mystery bag and through touch only, we had to describe the texture and properties of each material. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Water Resistance Experiment

This week, class 16 tested water resistance, they made boats out of tin foil and raced against each other to test how streamlined and water resistant they were. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Tin Foil Boats

Well done to class 17 who made tin foil boats, designed to be streamlined, so we could investigate the effects of water resistance.

 

Curriculum - Science - Water Resistance

Class 14 have had great fun learning about water resistance by designing and then testing some tin foil boats. The great news was that only 3 sank! The winners of the races were the ones that had been made more streamlined so they cut through the water more efficiently. Well done class 14. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Mechanisms (Class 15)

Class 15 have been learning how different mechanisms can help with day to day life. We learnt that lever, pulley system and cog mechanisms can help us to complete day to day tasks much easier than by hand. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Balloon Experiments

This week we enjoyed carrying out our own science experiment with balloons. We filled them up with air and watched how they zoomed around the room as the air came out and also how they can make a squeaky noise. Some of the balloons we filled with water and flour to see how they feel and how they move.

 

Curriculum - Science - The Water Cycle (Class 12)

Today we studied the water cycle. We learnt a song to help us understand it and we made our very own 3D water cycle models. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Materials & Water

In science class 9 have been testing which materials water drains the best through. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Garden Wildlife Club

Today we continued to build our compost heap for next year and we got rid of all the new weeds growing in our school memorial garden. 

 

Curriculum - Science - The Water Cycle

To day we learnt about the water cycle. We explored the condensation and evaporation that took place in our own classroom. We drew the water cycle on the bag and watched the rain inside. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Mechanisms

Class 17 have been learning about mechanisms and how pulleys and levers can help make tricky jobs easier. Tino and Brian had fun demonstrating how the sack wheels work.

 

Curriculum - Science - Gears, Levers and Pulleys

In Science this week, class 16 learnt all about gears, levers and pulleys. They conducted their own experiments and tested different types of gears, levers and pulleys.

 

Curriculum - Science - Levers, Pulleys and Gears

This week in science class 13 have been investigating levers, pulleys and gears. They were given a group of everyday objects that they had to classify into the 3 groups. The children then completed a levers investigation where they moved the pivot and saw the effects of the force needed. They concluded that the pivot closer to the load needed less force. We also investigated the effects of gears on bikes. The children concluded that 1st gear needed less force- this was ideal for riding uphill. They also concluded that 6th gear needed more force- this was ideal for riding downhill. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Mass and Weight

Class 15 enjoyed measuring and comparing the mass and weight of different items in class for science.

 

Curriculum - Science - Newton Metres

In science this week class 13 have been using newton metres to measures different objects weight and mass. They have learned that weight is an objects gravitational pull and mass is how much matter they have in them. They discovered that mass is 100 times the weight of an object.

 

Curriculum - Science - Planets

Class 14 headed into the playground to measure out how far the planets were away from each other. We used the correct scale and saw that the first 4 rock planets were all within 2 meters of the sun. But the last of the gas giants, Neptune was at the other side of the playground over 50 meters away. Our solar system is amazing!

 

Curriculum - Science - Sound Posters

We have really enjoyed learning all about sound in our science lessons. Today we worked in pairs to create a sound poster to show what we know about sound. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Wildlife Club

This week we continued filling our outside beds with soil and adding soil improver to help our plants grow. We planted some onions, garlic and daffodils. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Vibration Strength

Class 11 have been looking at sound in science this half term. Today they decided what experiment they could conduct to answer the question “How does the strength of vibration effect the volume of sound?” They worked in groups to decide how the experiment should be conducted. As a class they wanted to play an instrument, softly then hard, and record the volume in decibels. They made sure they played the instrument from the same distance away from the data logger each time. Together we recorded the results. We found the hard the instrument was played the louder the volume. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Data Loggers & Musical Instruments

Class 10 have been using data loggers and musical instruments to investigate whether the strength of a vibration creates a louder sound. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Vibration & Sound

As part of our sound topic we have been investigating whether the strength of the vibration affects the volume of the sound. Children designed their own investigations using musical instruments and data loggers. We made choices about how to make the different sounds and then recorded them in our books. We discussed our results as a class and found that the stronger the vibration, the louder the sound. We also found some results didn’t match our pattern and we decided that it was because we were in such a noisy classroom!

 

Curriculum - Science - Materials & Objects

In science we have looked at different objects and the materials they are made from. We have started to investigate why objects are made from different materials. Today we looked at a variety of balls. We conducted an investigation to see which ball would bounce the highest. We then discussed the findings and talked about the different materials the balls are made from.

 

Curriculum - Science - Experiments

In class 6, we carried out an experiment to find out which material would make the best pair of curtains. We made our predictions, carried out a fair test then ordered the materials from the one that blocked out the most light to the least light. We found the card would be the best choice of material as it blocked out the most light.

 

Curriculum - Science - Hearing

Today we investigated how animals’ ear shapes and sizes affect their hearing. We discussed the different animals we knew with good hearing and then looked at pictures of animals that live in the wild. We shared our ideas about how and why their ears move. We then tested different ear sizes to see which ones helped us to hear the best. We discussed the difficulties people might face if their hearing was impaired and we learnt how to sign our own names. We discussed what might happen to animals born deaf in the wild. 

 

Curriculum - Science - The Wildlife Garden Club

Wildlife garden club has begun! We are so lucky to finally have some space to develop in order to grow our own flowers, fruits and vegetables. We have a lot of work to do before we can start growing. We have made a start by filling some of the beds made by our teachers over the Summer. We also weeded some of the flower beds in our quad ready for planting. 

 

Curriculum - Science - The Human Ear

This week in science we have been looking at the human ear and investigating whether the size and shape of ears effect what we can hear. We also looked at BSL and practiced signing our names and some useful phrases. Here we signed we love science at St Bart’s.

 

Curriculum - Science - Animal Ears

Class 10 have been testing out animal ears on the playground. Firstly, we made cones to represent differently sized animal ears. We then took our animal ears and stood 2m, 5m and 10m away from our partner who made a noise to see which ear helped us to hear most clearly. We then talked about whether our results would have been different if we had done our experiment inside, or if other classes had not been outside on the playground. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Data Loggers

Year 3 and year 4 investigated which sounds travel the furthest by testing high and low pitch sounds and recording it using data loggers. We recorded the data in tables and compared our results as a class.

 

Curriculum - Science - The Solar System

Year 5 and year 6 have had lots of fun taking on the roles of scientists this week. They have produced videos explaining how it took many scientists many years to prove that the solar system is heliocentric (sun at the centre) not geocentric (Earth at the centre) as first thought.

 

Curriculum - Science - The Universe

In science this week, year 6 have been looking at heliocentric and geocentric theories of the universe. They became different scientists and told us through a story how views changed overtime.

 

Curriculum - Science - The Body and Senses

Class 3 have been learning about the body and its senses. Today we explored the sense ‘taste’. The children loved trying some of the different foods and drinks, others they were not too sure about.

 

Curriculum - Science - The Solar System

Some great research today in year 5 science, looking at the history of how humans believed our solar system moved around in space and weather the earth was flat or spherical! 

 

Curriculum - Science - Materials

In science we are looking at materials. Today we looked at objects and discussed their materials and why that object is made from that material. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Sound (Loudest & Quietest)

We continued learning about sound today and conducted a sound hunt around school looking for the loudest and quietest areas. We recorded sound on our data loggers and discussed what we found in class. We also discussed if results might have been different at different times of the day.

 

Curriculum - Science - Sound

Class 11’s science topic this half term is sound. We thought about which areas of school would be the loudest and which would be the quietist. We made a list and went round school using the data loggers to find out the decibel reading. We found the playground was the loudest and office was the quietest area. 

 

Curriculum - Science - Earth and Space

This week class 13 have started their new science topic, Earth & Space. We investigated how we know the Earth is spherical. We took our learning outside the classroom to look for evidence for this. The children loved learning outside the classroom and being mini scientists. Back inside the classroom the children classified evidence for the Earth being flat and evidence to support it being spherical.  

 

Curriculum - Science - Pitch

Today we started our new science topic on sound by investigating how size of the instrument effects the pitch. We also experimented by feeling the different vibrations made by the instruments.


 

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