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
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...
Mrs S Connor
Science Subject Leader
The new £50 note will feature a picture of the computer scientist Alan Turing. Do you know what he is famous for?
Alan Turing has been named as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.
Here are some facts about Alan Turing.
- Alan Turing was a logician, mathematician and computer scientist. He is generally known for his work in artificial intelligence and computer science.
- Turing was born in London in 1912, and at school was able to solve complex problems without having been taught them.
- In 1936, he came up with the idea of a machine that was able to compute anything that could be computed. This was known as the Turing Machine and led to the modern computer.
- During World War 2, Turing worked at Bletchley Park and was involved in breaking the German Enigma Machine codes.
- He was awarded an OBE by King George VI in 1945 for his services in war time.
- Turing often ran 60 km to London for meetings, and he liked to chain his coffee mug to a radiator at Bletchley Park to stop other people using it.
- During the late 1940s he worked in the University of Manchester in mathematics and computing. His experiment, the Turing test tried to devise an intelligence standard for technology.
- In 1948 he wrote a chess programme for a computer that had yet to be invented. He also published several important papers on mathematical biology.
- He worked on standards for machines to be called intelligent. The same principle is used today in online CAPTCHA tests, which determine whether a user is a person or a machine.
Take part in an RSPB Wild Challenge
Look out for the different phases of the moon.
https://moonphases.co.uk/moon-calendar (or link)
Look out for the International Space Station.
The space station is visible because it reflects the light of the Sun – the same reason we can see the Moon. However, unlike the Moon, the space station isn’t bright enough to see during the day. It can only be seen when it is dawn or dusk at your location. As such, it can range from one sighting opportunity a month to several a week, since it has to be both dark where you are, and the space station has to happen to be going overhead.
Take part in a RSPB Big Wild Sleepout
Take part in the Big Butterfly Count
Research and learn the names of common plants and animals. How many trees, plants and animals can you identify?
Carry out some fun science activities:
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.
What does it feel like to be inside a cloud?
Have you noticed that we get more misty mornings?
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!
Fizz Pop Science Club
Fizz Pop Science Club will be starting again in 2019-2020 after school. Please check back on the webiste in Term 1 for all of the details.
Mrs Connor, Science Subject Leader
What the children said...
I enjoyed making the sherbert, because it was a sweet and we could eat it.
My favourite thing was when we made the slime because it was sticky
I liked making sounds with the light saber things
I enjoyed the sight thing best, the optical illusions, it looked like it was moving