Science Area

What is the 'Science Area'?

Hello. My name is Mrs Connor and as well as being a class teacher in Year 4 I am also Science Subject Leader.

One of my 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

Science Policy

 

I 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. I will endeavour to post science-related stories at least once a month so do please keep checking back.

In addition, I will also be using this area to advertise and report on scientific events that happen in school e.g. workshops, science experiments in class 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

Mrs S Connor

Science Subject Leader

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

Who decides what our money looks like?
The new £50 note will feature a British scientist – but we don’t know who yet.
Who would you propose?  The bank of England are asking for our ideas.
https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/50-pound-note-nominations
50 note

Look about you and question what you see.

Persuade your grown-ups to go outside and enjoy a brisk walk in the countryside.  Going for a brisk walk is scientifically proven to burn excess calories, build stamina and make your heart healthier. While some may think walking is a bit lame, you’re likely to lead a healthier lifestyle just by going for a 10-minute walk every day.

Fungi

After the warmth of summer and dampness of autumn there is an explosion of mushrooms and toadstools happening right across the country, from woodland floors to decaying logs and meadows. What we see on our fungal forays are the fruiting bodies preparing to release their spores that give rise to the next generation of ecological recyclers.

Fungi are quite different to both plants and animals and have their own kingdom. Here in the UK there could be as many as 15,000 species, with a great diversity in size, colour and shape. However, many of these are extremely poisonous and should only be identified with a reliable guide, or better still, an expert guided walk which will help you get the most from this seasonal highlight. The Wildlife Trust and local nature parks often do fugal foray walks, if you are interested in learning more.

All of these fungi are poisonous
All of these fungi are poisonous
What does it feel like to be inside a cloud?

Have you noticed that we get more misty mornings in the autumn?

A cloud is made of water droplets or tiny ice crystals. As the water droplets rise high in the sky, the air gets cooler causing the water droplets to adhere to particles of dust in the air. The droplets are so light that they float in the air.

What is mist?  Mist is made up of small droplets of water hanging in the air.  You are in fact in the middle of a cloud when it is misty! SO the next time you walk through the mist, pretend you are floating in a cloud!

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Beauty all around

Take a look round any meadow, hedgerow, garden or car on a cold autumn morning and be rewarded by the sight of delicate spiders’ webs outlined in dew. This time of year really highlights just how many spiders we have; with favourable breeding conditions that number could be in excess of 750 million from approximately 600 different species.

By weight, the average adult human is over a quarter of a million times heavier than a spider, and yet a large number of adults and children alike fear them. Many people cannot explain their seemingly irrational fear of spiders, but recent research may provide an answer.

Experiments run by Prof John May of Plymouth University indicate that humans (and other animals) are pre-programmed to fear dark, angular, jerky and unpredictable objects. Unluckily, although almost all spiders are harmless to people, including British spiders, they all display these features.

Left alone, spiders will clear your house of unwanted insects, from bottle flies to bed bugs, which have the potential to spread disease.

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Fizz Pop Science Club

Fizz Pop Science Club will be starting again in Term 3 2018-2019 for our Year 1 and 2 pupils on Thursdays after school. More information to follow towards the end of Term 2. 

Mrs Connor, Science Subject Leader

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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