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 ?

All about summer

Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling after spring and before autumn.

At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice.

Summer solstice, the moment during the year when the path of the Sun in the sky is farthest north in the Northern Hemisphere.

At the summer solstice, the Sun travels the longest path through the sky, and that day therefore has the most daylight. When the summer solstice happens in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole is tilted about 23.4° (23°27´) toward the Sun. Because the Sun’s rays are shifted northward from the Equator by the same amount, the vertical noon rays are directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer (23°27´ N).

Diagram depicting the position of Earth in relation to the Sun at the beginning of each Northern Hemisphere season

The gentle hum of bumblebees

On a hot day, it's good to relax outdoors and watch bumblebees dashing busily around from flower to flower. Their soft buzzing is soothing to hear and it's fun watching them get covered in yellow pollen.

Bees are essential for farmers and gardeners, they are therefore essential for the production of our food. They face many threats, including habitat loss, intensive farming and climate change.  You can help experts learn more about how bees are getting on.

Join the Great British Bee Count 2018: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bee-count

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Thunderstorms

thunder

Thunder and lightning are some of the most dramatic weather phenomena in the UK. They are caused through the formation of cumulonimbus clouds and usually last no more than half an hour.

A thunderstorm is a series of sudden electrical discharges resulting from atmospheric conditions. These discharges result in sudden flashes of light and trembling sound waves, commonly known as thunder and lightning.

How do thunderstorms work?

Thunderstorms develop when the atmosphere is unstable - this is when warm air exists underneath much colder air. As the warm air rises it cools and condenses forming small droplets of water. If there is enough instability in the air, the updraft of warm air is rapid and the water vapour will quickly form a cumulonimbus cloud. Typically, these cumulonimbus clouds can form in under an hour.

As the warm air continues to rise, the water droplets combine to create larger droplets which freeze to form ice crystals. As result of circulating air in the clouds, water freezes on the surface of the droplet or crystal. Eventually the droplets become too heavy to be supported by the updraughts of air and they fall as hail.

As hail moves within the cloud it picks up a negative charge by rubbing against smaller positively charged ice crystals. A negative charge forms at the base of the cloud where the hail collects, while the lighter ice crystals remain near the top of the cloud and create a positive charge.

The negative charge is attracted to the Earth's surface and other clouds and objects and when the attraction becomes too strong, the positive and negative charges come together, or discharge, to balance the difference in a flash of lightning (sometimes known as a lightning strike or lightning bolt). The rapid expansion and heating of air caused by lightning produces the accompanying loud clap of thunder.

Fizz Pop Science Club

18th May - A new group of children have started the Fizz Pop Science Club for Term 5. See below for the photos from the Term 5 sessions.

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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