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Our Autumn 2016 Topics are:

 

EYFS - Amazing Journey - Growing Up

KS1 - Amazing Animals

KS2 - Yr3/4 - Discoveries - Plants, soils, rocks and more!

KS2 - Yr5/6 - Discoveries - Shocking Electricity

Science in year 5&6 Summer 2 2016

Year 6 have been very much involved in their Leavers show this half term so its been the year 5 pupils who have done lots of science and its all been outside. They have been sampling the plants on the school playing fields, learning the names of the common ones and understanding that there isn't just grass! They have used this information to draw bar graphs to show the data they collected. They compared the mown grass with the area that is left uncut in the summer term and found that this area has many more different species of plant which in turn provides food for a whole range of minibeasts. Many of which were caught, the favourite being tiny froglets!

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Science in year 3 & 4 Summer 2 2016

Pupils have been doing a lot of investigating of all things airborne this half term! There has been a lot flying around! Firstly they looked at how to investigate the science of a catapult which linked to their theme of Romans and the Onager that they had made. There were paper balls being catapulted across the classroom but all the children knew this was a serious scientific investigation so we didn't get into trouble! Following on from this the children made paper and straw fliers and though carefully how they could be improved before they took their testing equipment outside to investigate their ideas. Pupils are now confident in making clear predictions and explaining their results. They can also now suggest improvements so that their next investigations are even better

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Science in year 5&6 Summer 1 2106

Science skills are important to learn as a different way of thinking and approaching ideas. After discussions with year 6 pupils children this half term learnt these skills through the areas of interest that were put forward. Top of the list was to make potions and explosions!! Luckily for safety reasons we will leave theis till secondary school but with just some household materials children have been able to make careful observations, record results in their own tables, make informed predictions, carry out practical work in a safe manner and make very sensible suggestions as to how certain tests could be improved. All good science skills preparing them for their future learning.

Science in year 3&4 Summer 1 2016

The theme of Music to our Ears has linked well to science this half term and we have been learning about the science of sound. All pupils know that sound is caused by vibrations and they carried out a number of practical experiments that demonstrated this. They have learnt that the types of vibrations can alter the types of sound that is heard and that sound needs to travel through materials to be heard. Pupils used this knowledge to try out their string and cup telephones that were great fun, yet children knew the science behanind how they worked.

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Green club activities

Children have been busy at Green club each week, learning all about their local environment with time spent outside in the great school ground every week. They have played games and make new habitats for wildlife, particularly in the forest school area. Children have also done some gardening at the front of school where they are growing their own vegatables. They are still learning about how to look after them - more water and less weeds! so don't expect kilos of produce!

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Science in year 5/6 Spring 2 2016

Health Kick has been the topic theme this half term so in science we have been able to support our themed learning with lessons about  how the body reacts to exercise in terms of how our heart rate responds. We have spent time learning about our circulation system, finding out about how the blood is pumped around the body and how this changes during exercise. There has been a lot of new vocabulary and concepts but the pupils have risen to the challenge and made great progress, showing a good understanding of how the body's organs work together.

Science in year 3/4 Spring 2 2016

Doncaster Wildlife Park provided a great opportunity to look at a variety of animals and think about their life cycles. In our science lessons we have been learning about the life cycle of plants by studying in detail the reproductive parts of a flower. We have dissected daffodils to get a close up look at how the different parts are adapted to their function. Looking at a wider range of flowers we found out that there are many types of flowers but in order to make seeds that new plants will grow from, they all have anthers that make pollen and ovaries that make eggs. When the pollen and egg meet, the new seeds are formed. Pupils discussed the many ways that pollen can move from one flower to another and how animals can play a part in the plants life cycle.

 

Science in year 5/6 Spring 1 2016

To link in with the history them of RAiders, in science we looked at the science behind how boats work. We thought about the forces involved to keep boats afloat and to make them move. We modelled our own boats so that we could test them. We learnt that the forces of up thrust, wind resistance and gravity are all important. We also learnt about how streamlining helps things move faster through air and water.

 

Science in year 3/4 Spring 1 2016

Every year the RSPB carries out a massive data collection about birds that visit gardens and schools. Our science this term has been linked to this big science study and we have been learning lots about garden birds. We have learnt how to identify common birds and have used binoculars to spot birds in our school grounds. We have learnt all about how birds feed and how their beaks are adapted to the different food that we put out in our gardens. On Monday 8th FEbruary class 3AW carried out the survey for our school and submitted our results so that at HOrnsea COmmunity primary school we have contributed to some important national science. Pupils have thoroughly enjoyed taking part and learning about birds.

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Green club - Spring term 2016

Dark evenings sometimes make it difficult for us at Green club to spend a lot of time outside but even in January we still managed to get outside to hunt for wildlife, taking our torches with us! Playing a variety of games outside and thinking about how animals survive the cold winter months meant we managed to keep warm. Indoors we were busy playing indoor bingo and making bird feeders. As the evenings have got lighter it has been easier to get outside each week and we have hunted for minibeasts, looked for signs of spring, used binoculars to do some birdwatching and created some great natural art. Last week we managed a walk to the beach where we looked at how we could group natural things together, made towers of pebbles and took part in a pebble hunt....there are still some lost pebbles on the beach that need finding!! Before we break for Easter we will try our hand at nest building and see whether we can spot birds building their own nests to get some tips!

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Green Club  Autumn 1 2015

 

As always at Green club we have spent most of our time outside in the school grounds. We have looked at different seeds, what they are called and how they are spread. We have found blackberries growing in the Forest school area of our grounds alongside some apples and pears. We picked enough blackberries and apples for Mrs Boyd to make a blackberry & apple crumble which she brought back into school for us to eat! It was delicious! Look at our natural art frames with fantastic natural collages inside them. Using berries we made our own paints then painted brilliant pictures. We have played games outside linked to seeds and finding shelter. We have also played apple catching inside - watch the video of James trying to catch a bite....it was very funny. Outside we have found all sorts of wildlife that are using our school grounds from scurrying spiders to big noisy herring gulls. We used binoculars to spot any birds and made bird feeders from the apples than have fallen.

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Green club activities

Year 6 Gardening club planting a privet hedge

Green Club

At Green club we spend our time outside looking at what lives in the school grounds. We are always spending time outside regardless of the weather!

  • We carry out surveys to name the plants and animals that use our grounds.
  • We have made special places for them to live – bug hotel, small pond, wild flower areas, all enhancing the amount of different habitats to encourage more species diversity.
  • We play games linked to wildlife
  • We usually have a craft activity based on wildlife

Green club is an after school club that takes place on Tuesday afternoons till 5pm. Children need to be collected from the front door at 5pm and must always bring a coat as we spend half of the time outside.

 

Gardening club

At the moment gardening club takes place on a Tuesday lunchtime (weather permitting) and any year 6 pupil can come along to help. At the moment we are working on the garden in the quiet area, we have weeded the area so that only the plants we like are still growing there! We have also planted some more perennials so that in the spring there will be more colour in this area. We are also working on the area at the front of school to make it more welcoming and to use the raised beds for growing vegetables

 

 

 

Green CLub Activities Autumn 2 2015

We have been out and about in Green club as usual despite the bad weather and darkening nights. Last week we even took torches to explore in the dark which was great fun! One week we made a large collage of leaves in the shape of a hedgehog and then on the same night saw a hedgehog using the school grounds! WE have played lots of games outside to keep us warm including the bird feeding game which helps everyone remember some of our common garden birds. THis week we are headed inside to look at really good website with plenty of activities to do when the weather is really bad outside. Look at our photos to see what we have been up to.

Visitors in year 5 & 6 science

Earlier this month some sixth form students from Hornsea secondary school came into our science lessons to talk all about our year 5/6 topic of light. They gave some demonstrations, carried out some activities and used special equipment that they brought with them. The children really enjoyed working with some older science students so hopefully we will see these visitors again. Many thanks to Ellie, Emily, Dom, HArry, JAck & Josh.

Key stage 2 Science Autumn 2

Pupils have been learning all about light in year 5 and 6 . In their investigations they have been looking at how light and heat are reflected seeing whether black or white materials are good for keeping warm.

In year 3and 4 children have been learning how to use a thermometer by finding cold and hot places in and around school. They have then thought about how animals keep warm in water linking to their topic theme of water.

 

October 2015

 

Key stage 2 science

In the last few weeks in science we have been investigating how vitamin tablets dissolve in water. We have made some good observations, written clear plans and carried out fair tests in order to solve our problem. Mrs Boyd wanted to know whether she should break up her vitamin tablet before putting it in her glass of water or to keep it whole. Pupils found out that breaking the tablet up helps it dissolve much faster. Pupils used their skills of measuring to carefully pour out the correct amount of water and then they used timers to find out how fast tablets dissolve. Outside on the playground we behaved like solid and liquid particles to show how dissolving works.

 September 2015 - Welcome back to science !

 

Year 5 & 6

Already we have been busy investigating all about reactions, using the ideas from our geography topic Nature's miracles to build on our science testing skills. We made a model volcano using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to produce our own eruption. We were careful to measure and observe our test so that we knew exactly how much powder to add to the liquid for the best effect. A simple demonstration but good and accurate science testing.

 

Year 3 & 4

We have been building on our science skills and learning new ones. We practiced making predictions but then used new equipment to find out how many water drops could balance on a penny coin. Most children were surprised to see that water has fantastic properties of adhesion so you can squeeze over 20 drops on the coin before they all fall off! Children repeated the test to check their results and recorded their measurements clearly.

Year 3 & 4 Science

Summer 2

This half term we have been looking at different forces and how to measure forces using a forcemeter. We have done lots of measurements in the classroom and outdoors to find large and small pull and lift forces. We now know that force is measured in Newtons. We also found out about how large forces can be reduced by simple machines to make jobs easier and in year 4 we tried out some simple machines.

Year 5 & 6 Science

Summer 2

Following the topic them of To Infinity and Beyond, in Mrs Boyd's science lessons pupils have learnt all about magnets, their properties and their uses. They tested lots of materials finding that the only magnetic materials are Iron and Steel. By investigating how magnets behave pupils found out they they have two poles which can attract or repel other magnets.

Year 6 have been doing an investigation all about designing the best paper and straw rocket whereas year 5 have planned and carried out an investigation. looking at how craters on the moon are formed.

Year 3 and 4 science

Summer 1

This half term's theme has been about the local environment so in science we have been learning about how to look after our environment by dealing sensibly with the waste we produce. We have learnt how to separate waste so that more and more can be reduced, reused or recycled. We have also found out how waste can damage the environment  and pollute it if not dealt with properly.

Year 5 and 6 science

Summer 1

This term we have carried out some investigations to practice our practical skills. We have investigated how different things affect how high a ball bounces, from the material its made from to how high you drop it. We also looked at a simple test of dropping dried fruit into lemonade to see how it "bounces" in the liquid. By looking at different fruit and comparing the bounces we practiced our investigative skills and thought carefully about how a simple experiment could be improved

Year 3 and 4 science

Spring 2

This half term we have been looking at teeth. We have found out about the names and jobs of human teeth and how to look after our teeth. Certain foods are not good for our teeth and we have seen what can happen if we do not keep our teeth clean. Animal teeth can be quite different so we have had the chance to observe different types of teeth. Herbivores have lots of incisors and molars, carnivores have large canine teeth and we have been able to see these differences

Year 5 and 6 science

Spring 2

This half term in science the theme has been evolution and inheritance so we have been studying how certain plants and animals are adapted to the habitats in which they live. We have found out that some adaptations help them survive better than others, which ultimately leads to evolution. We have discussed the theory of evolution that was put forward by Charles Darwin and how his work gave evidence for this theory.

Year 3 and 4 Science

Spring 1

In science we have been looking at how objects can be moved from place to place, thinking about how the big rocks of Stonehenge were carried to the site. We have used our science investigation skills to carry out fair tests and record results. We aim to make suggestions of how we can improve our science tests so that we can make accurate recordings when we look at how wheels work.

Year 5 and 6 Science

Spring 1

In science we have been "crime investigators" finding out about the techniques that police use to catch criminals. We have collected evidence by taking fingerprints and matching up patterns. We have looked at animal footprints and we had lots of fun collecting our own lip prints and trying to match patterns. We are going to be looking at the technique of chromatography and how it can be used to solve crimes.

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