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Science Year 1

Spring Term

Our Spring Term Enquiry, saw the children explore the natural and man-made world around them and asked the question of how can we look after our world?

Through our science work, the children compared and organised materials in their homes. We found that the material we have the most of is plastic! 

                                     

The children then helped to plan an experiment called 'Rot or Not' to see which materials would decompose and which would need to be reused or recycled to help our world.

                                                          

Sc1/3.1    Everyday materials

Sc1/3.1a    distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
Sc1/3.1b    identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.
Sc1/3.1c    describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
Sc1/3.1d    compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

 

Autumn Term

To compliment our water enquiry, we have been exploring what happens to different materials when water is added. The children were interested in why some materials would float in the water tray and some would sink. We followed their line of enquiry to establish a scientific experiment to see which materials would float and which materials would sink and why.

Sc1/3.1    Everyday materials

Sc1/3.1a    distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
Sc1/3.1b    identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.
Sc1/3.1c    describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
Sc1/3.1d    compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

                      

 We have looked at seasonal changes as part of our outdoor learning, observing the Autumn changes and finding out how it affects our local wildlife. We made hedgehog bread as we discussed hibernation and investigated the brightly coloured leaves falling from the trees. 

Sc1/4.1    Seasonal Changes

Sc1/4.1a    observe changes across the 4 seasons

Sc1/4.1b    observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

 

During our school day, the children are encouraged to choose their learning through a range of challenges and activities in one of our three continuous provision areas. In the Atrium we have a science lab set up for experiments with equipment, resources and lab coats. The children enjoy being biologists, chemists and physicists and working scientifically!

                       

 

Sc1/1    Working Scientifically

Sc1/1.1    asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
Sc1/1.2    observing closely, using simple equipment
Sc1/1.3    performing simple tests
Sc1/1.4    identifying and classifying
Sc1/1.5    using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
Sc1/1.6    gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.