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Coningsby St Michael's Church of England Primary School

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Science

In Term 5, we are learning about Rocks!

 

We will look at being petrologists and investigate different rocks. We will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties, name different types of of rocks, explain how different types of rocks are made, explain how fossils are formed and recognise that soils are made from rock, organic matter, water and air.

We have really enjoyed taking on the role of  petrologist and carrying out a rock survey of our local area. We observed what local rock was in our area, we investigated what different rock types are used within our area and what jobs they do and we also identified man made rocks within our area and what jobs they did.

In term 4, We are learning about...

Plants

This term in science we will continue to grow our knowledge on plants. We will identify different parts of a flowering plan, describe the functions of the parts of a plant, understand what plants need to survive, describe how water is transported within plants, explain the importance of flowers in relation to the life cycle of a plant and understand the life cycle of a plant.
We will begin to identify how we are working, either as biologists, physicians and chemists. As well as identifying the key skills we use to help contribute towards our learning.

British Science Week

11th March- 18th March

 

To celebrate science week, we did a cross curricular day, linked to our plants topic. We explored the school grounds for different signs of spring and then identified different pollinators on the school field. We then converted our signs of spring into Tally Charts then showed these on Bar Charts, using the information the bar chart gave us we found out which was the most common sign of spring and the least (at the time of the investigation). We then wrote Diary entries from a Bee's perspective as to how their day in spring would be and how important their job it to help with pollinating flowers. In the afternoon, we observed different flowers and used water colours and pastels to create our own spring flowers picture.
Take a look at the pictures to see how much fun we had!

 

 

 

 

In term 3, we have been learning about...

 

Light and Dark

In science this term we are looking at recognising that you need light to see, we will understand that dark is the absence of light, discuss which surfaces can reflect light, explain how mirrors work, explain why light from the sun can be dangerous, explain how a shadow is created and which materials can block light.

We will be focussing on the key skills of making predictions, investigating and drawing conclusions, use our scientific vocabulary to ask and answer relevant questions.

Exploring- Today we looked at  what is light and dark, then sorted objects into which we thought were light sources and which were not. Then we discussed about why specific objects were NOT light sources.

Investigating- Which material would be best to use for a reflective band to wear safely at night?

Observing changes- 
We took part in two investigations, of which allowed us to observe the changes that a mirror does when the light reflects of the surface. We soon realised that it reversed the objects. Look at us using a mirror to follow a trail on the carpet and writing secret messages to each other that we tried to decifer!

Pattern Seeking: How do shadows change? We explored the different shapes that shadows make and discussed how they can change size and direction. We then also conducted an experiment using torches and placing them at different lengths to see what happened to the shadow and discussed the pattern that we started to notice.

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