Autumn 2 Science Newsletter
Every half term, there is going to be a Science Newsletter published in the science section of the school website. It is my aim is to give families some ideas, experiments and games that they can play at home, hopefully creating excitement, interest, questioning and discussion from the children. This is not homework and it is purely for ideas. Most of the activities can be adapted for different ages of children.
The newsletter can be found by opening the link below. I hope you enjoy doing some of the activities and I look forward to hearing all about what you found out.
Science at Kea School
At Kea, we believe that each child should learn about science in a way that is engaging, educational and applicable. By the time they finish Kea School, our pupils will have the right knowledge and investigative skills ready for their secondary education. They will already be able to see the relevance of science in their own lives and imagine future science-related careers based upon it.
Below are the topics taught during each school year in KS1 and KS2, along with the learning objectives for these. Each teacher will decide which order to teach the units and will let you know in their half termly Parent Overview. For each year group, you can also see the ‘working scientifically’ objectives for the year. 'Working scientifically' specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It is not taught as a separate strand and underpins every topic and is taught throughout the year. These skills include questioning, observing, measuring, classifying, recording, predicting and concluding.
We know our children learn best by a hands on approach to their science. Below are some photos of children in KS1 and KS2, which really captivate this learning...
Year 3 ‘Rocks and Fossils’ testing permeability & hardness of rocks borrowed from Penair School, wearing goggles funded by Kea School Friends.
Year 5 investigating separating of materials.
Year 4 during their ‘Animals including Humans’ unit of work, measuring out the length of the human digestive system.
Year 5 Jelly Baby Challenge! Which one disintegrated first? Predict...
After the fidget spinner craze swept through Kea, Year 3 and Year 4 enjoyed learning about the science behind the spinners and made their own.
Year 3, as part of their ‘Animals including Humans’ unit of work, measured their lung capacities.
Year 1 investigating magnets in their science lesson earlier this year.
Y2 making paper bridges, investigating how to make the strongest bridge.
This bridge was very strong.
We always try to take our science outside wherever possible to enhance the children’s learning. We enjoy using our pond for science.
Y2 looking at habitats at our school pond.
Y5 taking careful measurements in their forces topic.
Y5 investigating parachutes...
Science in Foundation
Learning about science starts in Foundation with our youngest children, embracing their naturally inquisitive nature to everything around them. During their time in Foundation we constantly
- talk about the things they observe such as animals, plants, natural and found objects
- learn about why things happen and how things work
- develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time
- care for and are concerned for living things and the environment
- look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
Whilst learning about all of the above, our children are also developing their communication and language skills, physical development and literacy and numeracy skills. In addition, they are constantly developing their characteristics of effective learning through playing and exploring, our active learning and creating and thinking critically.
Below show some science activities the children have done so far this year…
Looking for signs of Autumn on our welly walk.
Making a numberline out of apples, saying the numbers as we walk along it.
A frosty welly walk, looking for signs of winter.
Spotting changes on our field - we noticed the daffodils growing.
At snack time, a child spotted a 5 a day sticker on our fruit. We talked about that.
Watching carnations flower and measuring our orchid.
Talking about what plants need to grow and their life cycle.
Making butter from milk for our homemade bread.
We talk about sounds in music, playing percussion instruments.
Talking about where in the world our snacks come from - looking at the stickers.
Writing labels for our gladioli bulbs.
Talking about what an echo is (one child had this page in her reading book).