Week 1  - Jan 2022

This half term I am delighted to be able to keep you updated with all the latest Science learning that is taking place throughout our school.

EYFS will be continuing to develop their scientific vocabulary, observations and skills, whilst Years 1 – 6 will be focusing on their respective Light and Astronomy units. For KS1 and UKS2, this involves trips to Space, whereas LKS2 will be learning all about ‘Light and Shadows’.

EYFS have successfully defeated Green Goblin this week who had frozen all their numbers! The children rescued the numbers whilst also developing their scientific vocabulary by using terms such as melting, frozen and ice – true superheroes!

KS1 began their space adventure by learning the names and order of the planets from the Sun. In UKS2, children started with a rather simple question, ‘How was the Solar System formed?’. They role-played a massive cloud of gas and dust collapsing under its own gravity, rotating and becoming smaller and hotter as it did. They also had fun colliding into each other to re-enact the way gas and dust orbiting the young sun formed planetesimals. They even discussed thermonuclear fusion!

Finally, LKS2 have learned all about sources of light, reflection and how light travels in straight lines. They made a dark ‘cave’ in their classrooms and tested their predictions of which colours would be easiest or hardest to see in the dark. They also learnt how our eyes adjust to low levels of light.

Great Science all!


Week 2

What a wonderful week of Science we have had at The Gates!

EYFS have been following instructions to create their own playdoh. The children discussed how the mixture changed when they added water and used some great descriptive vocabulary such as sticky, wet and slimy.

In KS1, children have been looking at the space travel timeline. They learned all about some of the major events in space travel, even learning that some animals have been to space.

LKS2 have been learning all about reflective materials as part of their Science this week. Children made predictions about which materials would be most reflective in the dark, then they put their predictions to the test and observing results.

Finally, our UKS2 scientists spent some time recapping their knowledge on why we have day and night before learning how the tilt of the Earth determines our seasons as we orbit the sun.


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