Science Area

What is the 'Science Area'?

Hello. Our names are Mrs Connor and Ms Searle and as well as being class teachers, we are also Joint Science Subject Leaders.

One of our responsibilities within this role is to oversee and guide how we teach and track pupil progress in science, one of the core subjects in the UK National Curriculum.

 

 School Science Policy Aims

 

  • To develop pupils’ curiosity, enjoyment and interest in science
  • To develop pupils’ understanding of key scientific concepts
  • To help pupils acquire practical scientific skills
  • To ensure pupils’ understanding of the relevance of what they are learning
  • To build pupils’ specialist vocabulary
  • To develop pupils’ understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science

We have set up this science area to be used to keep the children up-to-date with some of the most relevant scientific developments that would be of interest to our pupils' curious and inquisitive minds. We will endeavour to post science-related stories at least once a month so do please keep checking back.

In addition, we will also be using this area to advertise and report on scientific events that happen in school e.g. workshops, science experiments in class and our participation in British Science Week coming up between the 9th and 18th March so watch this space...

With the imminent arrival of longer days and warmer weather, we also plan to return our live internet stream from our bird box and our bird feeders too.

Mrs Connor, Owls
Ms Searle, Starfish

Mrs S Connor and Ms Searle

Joint Science Subject Leaders

What is exciting in the world of science at the moment ?

Have you had a cold lately? What is snot all about?

Mucus may seem gross, but it’s a lifesaver for humans and other animals.

Ugh, mucus. It drips out of your nose when you have a cold. You hack up gobs of it when you have a bad cough. It’s slimy, gooey and gross.

Why do our bodies make this disgusting stuff? It turns out that we need it to survive. Mucus helps rid us of bacteria and viruses that could sicken or even kill us. “

Mucus is mostly water. It also contains salt and very large proteins called mucins (MEW-sins). Mucins are covered in sugar molecules. That gives them a negative electrical charge. That charge attracts other molecules to the mucins. It is similar to the way that tomato sauce clings to strands of spaghetti. And because the mucins are long, they get tangled up with each other. That’s why mucus is so gooey.

Your body produces mucus in your airways, lungs, nose, digestive system and lots of other places. “It lines basically every surface that your skin does not,” Button explains.

In people and many other animals, the body produces gooey mucus to trap and to carry off infectious bacteria and viruses.

When you breathe in bacteria or viruses, those pathogens — or germs — stick to the mucus in your lungs. Tiny hair-like structures on cells lining your airways, called cilia, push the mucus back up to your throat. From there, the mucus slides down into your stomach, where acids digest the germs.

When you get a cold, your body makes extra mucus. This helps it fight the infection. Some mucus — also known as snot — dribbles out your nose. Again, this carries the pathogens out with it. Normally mucus is clear, but your body’s immune cells can make your snot turn white or yellow. Bacteria can even turn it green.

Observing Nature

  • Notice how the length of daylight continues to increase by nearly 2 more hours during April.
  • Have you noticed the blackthorn blossom that has begun to colour the hedgerows white? Now notice how the hedgerows rapidly turn green with the opening of hawthorn leaf buds, and by the end of April they should begin to be covered in small white ‘May’ blossoms.
  • Look out for the first hint of blue in our woodlands as the bluebells start to open.
  • Notice the first bumblebees on warm days! These will be queens who have successfully survived the winter and are now seeking nectar and pollen from spring flowers.
  • One of the first signs of spring is the spawning of frogs and toads. Look for masses of jelly-like frog spawn in local ponds and ditches.
  • How many of these spring flowers have you seen?  Can you spot them all around the area where you live and in the school grounds perhaps?
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  • Look out for the first arrivals of swallows, returning from their winter spent in Africa.
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What is going on in the night sky?

ISS

Look up at these times to watch the International Space Station flying through the night sky.  We can only see it because it reflects the sun’s light back down to us, so is best viewed just before dawn or just after sunset.  The space station is the second brightest object in the night sky (after the moon).  It looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane.

Did you know that the International Space Station circles the earth once every 90 minutes at an altitude of 370 km?  It is travelling at 28,000 km every hour (90 times faster than an F1 car).  Its living quarters are similar in size to a 5 bedroom house.

NASA - Spot the Station

Fizz Pop Science Club

19th April - A new group of children have started the Fizz Pop Science Club for Term 5. The first session was used to make slime (or snot - whichever you preferred) and the children had a great time. Photos from the Term 5 sessions will follow shortly, but in the meantime, take a look at the photos from Term 4.

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What the children said...

I enjoyed making the sherbert, because it was a sweet and we could eat it.

Imogen

My favourite thing was when we made the slime because it was sticky

Rory

I liked making sounds with the light saber things

Harry

I enjoyed the sight thing best, the optical illusions, it looked like it was moving

Rory