Subject Ambassador: Miss A. Hunter-Purvis
Link Academy Councillor: Mrs. A. Johnson
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Opal Learning Zone
Growing Seeds – This half-term we were lucky to receive a gift box from The Big Grow, a company that provides children with seeds. The children were ecstatic to plant their own seeds and watch them grow. The children have been captivated with the topic which allowed us to investigate the life cycle of a plant and also what it needs to grow. The children have then accessed the outdoor provision where they have been planting a range of vegetables as we aim to make our own food.
Amethyst Learning Zone
Life Cycles – This half-term we have been focussing on New Life and have been lucky enough to have visits from a baby lamb and a chicken. The children have studied a number of life cycles and the addition of tadpoles in the classroom have enabled the children to make daily observations of how they grow. It has been excellent seeing how articulate the children have become, as they have been able to compare different life cycles and also discuss the importance of caring for all wildlife.
Sapphire Learning Zone
Planting and Growing – In Science, we have been focusing on planting and growing. After learning about plants, we set up an experiment to test what plants need to thrive and grow. We also planted seeds at home to take care of and nurture at home. We went on a tree hunt around our vast school grounds to identify the different trees that we have within our school area. We discovered many different varieties from our search.
STEM Week – We were lucky to have a STEM week in school. We had the opportunity to learn about force and create our own rockets to test out the theory. We all enjoyed being hands on and learning from a real-life professor.
Ruby Learning Zone
Friction and Magnetic Force – This half term we have been studying forces. We’ve been busy conducting investigations on friction and magnetic force. The children tested to see which surface created the most friction by rolling a toy car down a ramp. They all did brilliantly to make sure they were carrying out a fair test. When looking at magnets, the children were challenged to complete a ‘Scrapyard Challenge’ and use their magnets to separate magnetic and non-magnetic materials.
Emerald Learning Zone
What is the melting point of chocolate? – In the Emerald Learning Zone we were tasked with helping Maya find out the quickest temperature to melt chocolate so she could make some crispy cakes for her party. We set up our test using a range of equipment and discovered that 40 °c was the best temperature for melting chocolate the quickest. Most of our predictions were correct as the children understood that heating a solid gave energy to the particles which made them move. This changed the chocolate from a solid to a liquid. Great work Emerald Learning Zone!
Diamond Learning Zone
Shadow Puppets – This half term, we have been looking at light. The children conducted their own shadow puppet performance to show the argument between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and produced some great shows using what they had created.
Properties and Changes of Materials – Our focus in Science has been Properties and Changes of Materials. The children have enjoyed completing experiments and predicting whether certain materials would dissolve. We have a clear understanding of what the key scientific words, ‘soluble’ and ‘insoluble’ mean.
September 2020- February 2021
Where does weather come from? – In Science, we have been investigating “Where does the weather come from?” The children have learnt about seasonal changes focusing on the transition from autumn to winter. We enjoyed making a weather station to record the weather outside our classroom.
Animals Including Humans – In Science, we have been investigating “Animals Including Humans.” The children have learnt to classify and compare animals, as well as finding out what animals eat.
We have also looked at seasonal changes. We explored some of the school grounds noting how things change during autumn.
Exploring Light – In Science, the children have been exploring light. They have investigated sources of light and animals that come out after dark. They sorted animals into nocturnal and diurnal animals. The children have then looked at some famous scientists and how their work has an impact on the ways we live our lives today.
Animals Including Humans – In Science, the children have been investigating animals and humans and their development through the different stages of life. The children have looked at a mother and its young, how to keep clean, how to look after themselves and a pet and how to lead a healthy lifestyle. One task the children enjoyed was designing a new home for a pet. Some of the ideas we brilliant, including dog trampolines!
Animals Including Humans – Class 3 Science topic this half term is to discuss animals including humans. During the topic, the children will learn about nutrition, food groups, skeletons and muscles. We will be also looking a predators and prey where we will look at the different types of teeth. The children will be creating data table and scientific diagrams to support their work.
Light – This half term in Science, we have been learning all about light. We have taken part in lots of exciting investigations looking at reflections and what different materials do to light. This week we were measuring shadows and observing how they change as the object gets closer and further away from the light source.
The Digestive System – During our first two weeks back at school, we have started looking at our Science topic ‘Animals including Humans’. In particular, we have been looking at the digestive system and the journey our food takes through our body. As a class, we placed the organs in the correct place in the body and labelled them. Then we learnt more about the functions of the organs we had labelled.
Forces – Class 5 have been focusing on forces this half term. We have completed lots of different investigations. One of our favourite’s being air resistance. The children created parachutes using different materials and tested these to figure out which one created the most air resistance.
Living Things and Their Habitats – Class 5 Science topic this half term is to discuss living things and their habitats. During the topic, the children will learn about the life process of reproduction as well as gaining an understanding of MRS GREN. We will also be making comparisons between the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds.
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