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Along with English and maths, science remains one of the main core subjects in primary school. It can be one of the most exciting and practical subjects and, as a result, is a real joy for teachers and pupils. Children love the chance to learn through being totally hands-on and finding things out for themselves — the perfect way to understand the world around them.

 

At Westwood we understand the importance of positive primary science experience and it's role in encouraging future generations to not only study this at secondary school, but also potentially to follow it as a career.

Nursery - Exploring textures and materials

 

As part of our 'Celebrations' topic we have explored different textures to make the perfect wedding dress.

 

Look at our lovely work!

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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

 

In the EYFS, science is included within the Understanding the World area of learning. As with other learning in Reception, your child will mainly learn about science through games and play – which objects float and sink during water play or exploring the world around them, growing plants and investigating growth and decay for just a few examples.

 

In Reception we have been exploring pumpkins and looking at the inside of them and finding the seeds. We have looked at the traditions celebrated during Autumn and explored changes that happen during the Autumn months.

 

 

Reception: Exploring changes in our environment.

 

We were challenged with the question. What is Autumn and how do I know it is her?

 

We look at photos of the school grounds in September and then went on a walk to explore what has changed.

 

 

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Year 3 and 4 - How can we protect our eyes from the sunlight

 

Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes.

 

When learning about how people used to work down the mines we talked about darkness and how we can't see without light as it reflects of surfaces.

 

We learnt about different light sources and then discussed how light from the sun can damage our eyes.

 

We created ways to protect our eyes.

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Year 5 and 6

 

We have been learning about life cycles of different animals. 

 

 

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Experimenting with the effects salt has on water colour.

 

We were so excited to watch the effect salt has on our watercolour pictures. We watched as it spread out across the page like a real firework. 

 

We tested the effects of more salt and less salt and then what happens when we add lots of colour or a little bit of colour.

 

im sure you will agree the results are pretty impressive.

 

Exploring colour

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Year 1

  • Plants (basic structure)
  • Animals including humans (basic knowledge of parts of human body and comparing animals)
  • Everyday materials (describing properties)
  • Seasonal changes.

Year 2

  • Plants (what plants need to grow)
  • Animals including humans (needs for survival, food and hygiene)
  • Use of everyday materials (explore and compare materials for uses)
  • Living things and their habitats (explore variety of habitats, simple food chains).

Everyday Materials

 

We have explored various materials and found the best one to slow Parker the plane down.

 

We made predictions and tested them using ramps and toy vehicles. We then wrote up our experiment.

How can we help Parker Plane slow down!

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Floating and Sinking

 

We have been making our own boats. To do this successfully we had to look into floating and sinking. Obviously we wanted our boats to float so we explored lots of objects that float. We then used our finding to make our own boats and tested them out.

 

We then wrote up our investigation.

 

 

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Year 5 and 6 have been learning about the effects of gravity and made their own parachutes!

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Year 5 and 6 have been learning about the effects of gravity and made their own parachutes! 10
Science Week 2017
Between 13th and 17th March, Westwood School took part in Science Week! It was so much fun! Each class was split up into key stages and got to take part in three different experiments. Some of these involved making fizz inflators and volcanoes with explosions. We were lucky enough to get a scientist called Professor Nitrate to come into our school on the Friday to talk to us about gravity and thrust. She did loads of experiments that we could take part in. We learnt loads and some of us are even keen to become scientists when we grow up!
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