Welcome to our Science page. Please have a look at our Science Rationale and Progression Map.
At Priestsic Primary School, we teach our pupils to be curious about the world around them and develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills through first hand experiences and also through developing a rich knowledge.
We have created a whole school display which shows progression within 'Investigative Science' from Foundation Stage 1 to Year 6.
We love to explore and experiment in F1!
The children in Foundation 2 have been finding out about nocturnal animals. They can name some nocturnal animals, know some facts about them and talk about their lifecycle.
We have been learning about our five senses- seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. When we went on our Autumn walk we looked for signs of Autumn and recorded them on our clipboards. We felt the cold wind blowing on our hands and face. We saw the brown, orange and yellow leaves which had fallen from the trees and bushes. We could hear the birds singing and the leaves blowing in the wind.
We named the parts of a plant and talked about what their function.
White Post Farm
We had a great time on our visit to White Post Farm and learnt lots of facts to support our understanding about animals, including, whether they are a mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird or insect. We also talked about the food that different animals eat and whether they are a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.
We looked around the classroom to find different materials and objects with a range of properties. We used our observational and investigative skills to be good scientists.
During blended learning, Year 1 were exploring materials around their home and finding out about their properties.
Health and Well Being Week
During Health and Well Being week we found lots of ways to stay healthy, we talked about the basic food groups and how much of each one we should eat. We realised that fruit and vegetables are very healthy and we made a 'Rainbow Salad'. We did exercises, yoga and mindfulness and thought about the importance of exercise. for our health and well being. We learnt about the importance of personal hygiene and how to look after our teeth.
We have created our own food chains, discussing how animals get food from other plants and animals.
We have planted some spring bulbs, caring for them and looking at how they grow, including their lifecycle.
We had a delivery of eggs this week from 'Eggucation', We are excited to learn about the life cycle of a chick and find out how to look after the chicks. We found out about the incubator being really important for keeping the eggs warm, as if they were underneath the mummy hen. We had to add water to the incubator on day two, to help the membrane inside the egg to soften, which will help the chicks to pip their way out of the egg. seven out of eight of the chicks have hatched.
Seven chicks have now hatched, there are five grey ones and two yellow. We had a zoom call from Dani at the farm, where we saw where the chicks will live and met some of the other animals.
We have been finding out about plants. We have observed them to look their different parts, including: roots, leaves, seeds, petals and stem. We have created observational sketches of plants. We have set up a range of experiments to find out what plants need to stay alive. We put a plant into a cupboard and one on the window sill to check to see if a plant would grow without light. We put a plant outside and one inside school to check if the plant grew better in the heat or in the cold. Our investigation enabled us to find out that plants need light to grow but they grew quite well in the heat or in the cold.
We have set up an investigation to see if plants grow without light and without heat. We have made predictions about what will happen. We will let you know what happens?
We have been finding out about different materials, including: plastic, metal, glass, fabric, wood and paper. We have sorted them into groups and discussed their properties, using words like: rigid, waterproof, absorbent, transparent and opaque.
In Year 3, the children have been experimenting with shadows! They have thought about how shadows are formed, experimented with making shadows as well as changing the size of them. Who knew shadows could be so interesting?
In Year 3, we have been looking at plants and the function of their parts. We also conducted an experiment to look at the effect of different amounts of water on the growth of plants.
In Year 4, we used our recovery curriculum in our blended learning offer to look at volcanoes. The children had lots of fun learning about volcanoes and even made their own exploding volcano.
We used a demonstration to learn about the digestive system.
We put food in our plastic bag 'stomach' and mixed it with orange juice 'acid'. We churned up the contents of the bag to mimic the stomach. After leaving the stomach, we put the food into the 'intestines' which were a pair of tights. We squeezed the nutrients and water out of the food just like the intestines do. Finally, the food was now waste so we cut a hole in the tights to get rid of the waste (poo!). It was very gruesome but great fun too! Ask us about the digestive system!
Year 4 created life-sized human body diagrams to show our learning from this half term about the digestive system, muscles, skeleton and teeth. We prepared them as a group and then presented our diagrams to the class.
We have been learning about states of matter (solids, liquids and gases) and how these can change state with a change of temperature. We have learning about freezing, melting, evaporation and condensation. Afterwards, we had lots of fun with our class competition of who could melt the ice cube the quickest! There were some very inventive ways of melting the ice such as putting it under a running tap, rubbing it in our hands, putting in somewhere warm on our bodies like in our elbow and rubbing it on the carpet.
Through our studies of the earth sciences, we found out more about the solar system. Have a look at our space learning around the classroom and our non-chronological reports about space.
In Year 6, we investigated reflections and made periscopes. We have also investigated refraction.