Subject in the Spotlight - Science

W/c 06/10/2023

I am thrilled to bring you the latest updates on our exciting Science curriculum for this half term. Our school is buzzing with engaging learning experiences, and I can't wait to share the highlights with you. Let’s now take a look at what the children have learnt so far:

EYFS Update:

This half term, our Reception and Nursery classes have embarked on a meaningful journey of discovery. They've been exploring the beautiful concept of how we are all alike yet wonderfully unique individuals. Additionally, they've been keenly observing and learning about the remarkable developmental transformations from their baby and toddler years to their current stage of growth and development.

Key Stage 1 (KS1) Update:

This half term, our young learners in KS1 have been actively engaging with the natural world around them. Here are some of the exciting highlights of their journey:

  1. Exploring the Great Outdoors: Children have had the wonderful opportunity to venture into the outdoor environment, where they've used their senses to observe and connect with the world in a hands-on way.
  2. Investigative Spirit: Encouraging their inquisitive nature, students have pursued a line of inquiry by delving into the intriguing question: "Do taller people have bigger feet?" They've made predictions, conducted experiments, and eagerly arrived at their conclusions, fostering their critical thinking skills.
  3. Fascinating Anatomy: Our young scientists have been expanding their understanding of the human body, delving into the intricacies of our body parts. This knowledge not only educates but also sparks their curiosity about the incredible human form.

It's been a dynamic and enriching half term for our KS1 students, and we're thrilled to witness their growth and exploration as they continue to thrive in their learning experiences.

Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2) Update:

This term, our LKS2 students have been diving into the fascinating world of human biology and nutrition. Here's a glimpse of their enriching journey:

  1. Muscle Mastery: Children have been eagerly exploring the intricacies of our body's muscles. They've gained an understanding of how these remarkable structures contract and relax, a fundamental concept that empowers them with insights into the body's movement and function.
  2. Nourishing Knowledge: Our young scholars have also delved into the essential food groups and their roles in sustaining a healthy body. They've learned about the specific nutrients each group provides and the significance of a balanced diet in maintaining overall health and well-being.

These engaging topics not only educate our LKS2 students but also instill in them the importance of taking care of their bodies for a lifetime of good health.

Upper Key Stage 2 (UKS2) Update:

In the realm of light and physics, our eldest students have been delving into intriguing concepts. Here's a glimpse into their illuminating journey:

  1. Shadow Play: Our UKS2 students have been on a quest to comprehend the captivating relationship between light and shadows. They've been exploring how light affects the size and shape of shadows, unlocking the secrets behind this fascinating interplay.
  2. The Straight Path of Light: These budding scientists have been uncovering the mysteries of light's behaviour, specifically its propensity to travel in straight lines. This fundamental understanding lays the groundwork for their exploration of the wondrous world of optics and vision.

The quest for knowledge continues to shine brightly in our UKS2 class as they explore the wonders of light and its intriguing properties.


W/c 16/10/2023

I am thrilled to bring you the latest updates on our exciting Science curriculum for this half term. Our school is buzzing with engaging learning experiences, and I can't wait to share the highlights with you. Let’s now take a look at what the children have learnt in the past fortnight:

EYFS Update:

Within our vibrant Reception Class, our little explorers have taken great delight in unravelling the mysteries of the human skeleton while expanding their vocabulary. Engaging in a range of captivating activities cantered around this skeletal theme, they've enthusiastically embraced the learning process. From labelling skeletons to playfully tracing one another's outlines, they've also marvelled at the symmetrical aspects of their own bodies. This immersive experience has not only deepened their understanding but has ignited their curiosity about the intricate framework that supports our bodies.

Key Stage 1 (KS1) Update:

Throughout this half term, our young learners in Key Stage 1 (KS1) have been enthusiastically immersing themselves in the wonders of the natural world. Just this week, they embarked on an exciting sensory journey, exploring the realms of taste. They've playfully engaged their taste buds, experimenting with a delightful array of flavours, including sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Among these, the consensus on the taste of lemon seems to be unanimous: "Yuk!“

Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2) Update:

In the past week, our Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2) students have delved into an eye-opening exploration of sugar in our diets and its potential negative effects. They've taken a closer look at their own eating habits, meticulously tracking and graphing the amount of sugar they consume using both tally charts and bar graphs. This engaging exercise has shed light on the significance of monitoring our sugar intake for a healthier, balanced lifestyle.

Upper Key Stage 2 (UKS2) Update:

Over the past two weeks, our Upper Key Stage 2 (UKS2) students have embarked on an intriguing exploration of light and its remarkable capacity to disperse into a spectrum of colours. Through hands-on experimentation, they've harnessed the power of prisms to separate light into its constituent hues, meticulously illustrating this phenomenon in their science books.

Taking their newfound understanding a step further, these curious young minds have applied their knowledge by crafting detailed ray model diagrams. This groundwork has paved the way for an exciting project: designing and building their very own periscopes, demonstrating their ingenuity in applying scientific principles to practical creations. Our dedicated teachers and enthusiastic students are eagerly embracing these topics, fostering a love for science and encouraging critical thinking. We look forward to seeing the awe and wonder in our students' eyes as they make exciting discoveries and connections in the world of science.

Thank you for your continued support in nurturing young scientific minds. Together, we are inspiring the scientists of tomorrow!

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