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Science

At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education is embedded within our

overarching curriculum that prepares our children for many different aspects of their lives.  

Our overall goal is to help our children to become well-rounded individuals with strong character, who will eventually go out into the world of adults and be actively and positively involved in society.   In order to do this, we are striving to create a conducive environment around the school and this year we have created our own specific Personal Development Curriculum that is entwined with our academic curriculum.

Our curriculum aims to provide engagement and enrichment and through this, we aim for all children to have equal opportunities to thrive together.  

In Lionni Class as part of our science, the children made posters on how to look after our natural habitats.

Lionni Class

Hughes Class - Year 1

 

Hughes Class have been thinking about different types of animals. We have looked at mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and how all of these types of animal have their own special features. Next up we will be thinking about what animals eat and how we can discover whether an animal is a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore by investigating their poo! 😂

Year 2-To investigate light and dark. The class made a prediction and then planted seeds to see where the plants would grow the healthiest.

Whole School Planetarium Day

The Planetarium visited school today to engage us further in science.  During the session, we learned about the sun, Earth, the moon, and space.  We learnt about the NASA space mission to the moon and how the space rockets are built and sustained. 

Heart & Lung Dissecting

Thank you to Cardinal Allen for coming into school this morning to support our science topic.  They were able to lead a session on heart and lung dissecting.  This enabled the children to see up close the components of the heart and the lung!  A very interesting, practical session.

Mad Science TV Performance!

In Science, we've created our own Mad Science TV show that teaches children all about the circulatory system!

The Circulatory System Project Homework

The children enjoyed making their own creations for the circulatory system homework!  We had a range of projects from game show quizzes, 3D models, fact files, leaflets and practical equipment!  A huge well done to everyone involved!  We loved showcasing these in class today!

Year 2/3 - Waterproof Investigation

Year 2/3 children completed their Science topic on Materials by planning and conducting an investigation on which materials are waterproof. We tested tin foil, felt, nylon and cling film. We discussed the need for a fair test, what we would keep the same and what we change.

Voltage Experiment 

In science, we experimented with voltage.  We wanted to find out whether the bulb would be brighter with a higher voltage and whether the buzzer would be louder with a higher voltage.  

RAF Challenge Day - STEM

Today, we took part in a rocket builders challenge which was presented by the RAF.  During the STEM challenge, we designed, built and tested our rockets before taking part in a sustainability for the future challenge.  Take a look at some of our hard work!  Thank you to the Royal Air Force for sponsoring this challenge; we had lots of fun. 

Year 2-Identify and Classifying food - As well as a little taste of some fruits and veg.

Maurice Sendak - Electro LEGO Builders workshop

We had so much fun today starting off our electricity topic with a WOW starter.  Stephen from LEGO builders came in to help us build LEGO cities which included lights and circuits.  We added moving trains and put all of our buildings together to make one big city!  Look at our creations...

What you should know about H20 

Today, the whole school took part in an assembly presented by United Utilities who work in conjunction with Mad Science.  The children talked about the water cycle, saving water, hygiene and much more!  Take a look at our pictures - we even had audience participation!

Science

During this term we have been looking at Diet and Nutrition. We have started by how we can group food and the meaning of different words. We have looked at a balanced diet and how we need food from different categories to have a healthy diet. 

In science Lionni Class have been learning all about animals and how they survive.

Hughes Class

 

This half term our lovely year 1 / 2 class have been learning about the human body. We know where different parts of our body are located and what the different parts of our body are used for. We have been particularly busy thinking about our five senses. We know that our five senses are smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch. We have enjoyed some practical lessons learning about our senses.

Feathery friends

 

Our lovely little school had some special, feathery visitors today. The Bird Man came for his annual visit with his spectacular birds of prey. As always, it was a fantastic, informative experience for the children. 

Sendak class - classifying animals

 

Our science topic for this half term is classifying animals and their habitats. We began the topic by having a think about what me already know about classifying animals and what we might like to learn. After this, we read through our knowledge organisers which will be our reference point as we move through the topic.  

King Class have been learning about different materials and what they are used for.

Can you see the light? 

 

Shelly Woods class are seeing the light this week. Our Science topic is light and refraction and our writing task for this week will be creating an explanation text outlining how we see and the work by Isaac Newton.  

Understanding the World

In Daley Class we have been talking about growing up and how we change as we grow up. We can do lots of things now that we couldn't do when we were toddlers!

As we grow up...

In Pelé class today we have been looking at the difference between weight and mass. We have spoken about Issac Newton and his discovery of gravity. We then measured the weight and mass of different objects around the classroom and compared our findings.

King Class had a visit from the dentist today to teach them all about looking after their teeth.

Science Day in King Class-We wanted to help the 3 bears by designing a chair strong enough for all of them to sit in, We investigated which materials to use, made the chairs, tested them and evaluated them.

Our UCLAN adventure

 

Today was an extra special day for Shelly Woods class. We visited UCLAN for a morning of forensic science/policing activities. The children took fingerprints, examined CCTV footage for clues about a robbery, analysed footprints and looked at facial recognition techniques. As if all this wasn't enough, we then enjoyed a spectacular tour of the campus. It was a memorable day,  the children will never forget having visited a university.  After such a great visit, our hope is that they may even have been inspired to go to university themselves! 

Today in EYFS we chose Floating and Sinking as a theme, and did our learning both indoors and outdoors. First we predicted whether some objects such as coins, cotton wool, pencils and wax crayons would float or sink. Then we tested each object and compared results. We were correct on every prediction!

Then we went outside and investigated for ourselves some other objects which float and sink. Indoors we made boats out of recycled plastic and cardboard.  We had lots of fun! Tomorrow we are going to test our boats on water to see if they float or sink.