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.
our reception children have been trying to make a light for the people who live in darkness island. They explored wires, circuits, batteries and bulbs and after a lots of exploring, trial and error we eventually lit the bulb. We made homes using Lego, duplo and wooden blocks for the people on the island and then put our bulbs inside to create a light source.
We have been comparing the weather in various places around the world.
We made observations on the weather where we live and how the days become longer during the Summer months.
We then used all the information we had found out to make our own Weather reports which we got to film using the i-pads.
As part of our Princess Protection Adventure we explored the weather in India. The Princess told us she was struggling with the heat as it was so hot in comparison to English weather.
We then made paper fans for the Princess to help cool her down.
In Science the class were learning about 'Animals including humans'. This began with a class discussion about the human life cycle. The children then learnt about the different types of reproduction for living things, asexual, sexual and both. They completed a burn to learn to places different living things into these categories.
The children then found out more about the human life cycle and the different sections that a humans life is separated into. With a partner, they created a timeline of key events in a human's physical development.
Moving onto life expectancy. The children found out what this was and matched the animals to their average life expectancy. They had to then write definitions of both life expectancy and gestation.
We then moved on to looking at gestation periods. The children learnt what these are and discussed any that they were aware of such as humans or any pets they had. From a selection of animals the children had to predict which they thought would have the longest and shortest gestational period.
Looking after animals!
In early years we have been looking after 7 eggs in an incubator and waiting very patiently for them to hatch. Today they eventually started to crack through the shells of the egg and we now have baby chicks.
we have been learning about how to look after baby chicks and the life cycle of chickens.
Wow! What an amazingly exciting day we had today at our Science Fair. We would like to say a huge thank you to the parents that had the chance to take part. Your support is greatly appreciated.
We got the opportunity to try lots of different experiments, investigation and explore forces , space and the solar system, floating and sinking, changes in materials and so much more.
Well done everyone!
We found dinosaur eggs and using different material we wrapped them up.
We then unwrapped them an hour later to find out which material had kept the egg warm.
Most of us thought the fabric would be the best but we found out the foil was the material which kept the egg warm.
Animals including humans.
we have been learning about the 5 senses. We’ve had challenges to complete and each challenge relied on one of our senses.
We had to use our hearing, smell, sight, touch and taste to solves various riddles.
We have been looking at the human skeleton. We have learnt the names of the bones in our Skeleton and made our own jigsaws and labelled them. We then compared the human skeleton to other types of skeleton.
We have also also been learning about the importance of eating the right nutrients and looking at different food groups and what a healthy meal looks like.
As part of our 'Celebrations' topic we have explored different textures to make the perfect wedding dress.
Look at our lovely work!
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.
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.
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.
We have been learning about life cycles of different animals.
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.
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.
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.