Science at Grove


Spring 2022

Year 1
Spring 1- Make and Do Extravaganza (Materials)
Spring 2- My Amazing Body

In Spring 1, the children were challenged to sort a range of items based on their material and begin to think about their properties. They used these to develop the best waterproof coat for the class bear, an experiment which served as a fantastic introduction to the idea of fair tests. Hands on Science came in to work with the Year 1 children during this topic, giving them the opportunity to apply their understanding of the properties of materials to the question of which will float and sink.

During Spring 2, the children enjoyed investigating their senses and using these investigations to group e.g. grouping sounds by loudness, how natural they are and how mechanical they are.




For this year's Science Week, Year 1 explored how our sense of sight can be tricked by optical illusions. They also walked around the school environment to explore loud and quiet sounds using their sense of hearing. In their PE lesson, they thought about how they can use different objects to exercise and stimulate their growth.




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Year 2
Spring 2- The Apprentice Gardener

In Spring 2, the Year 2 pupils worked intensively with the school gardener which provided them with first-hand experiences of planting. They investigated how light, water and temperature affect the growth of a plant, and sorted different seeds and bulbs.


For this year's Science Week, Year 2 investigated how different seeds grow. They used sponges to make 'little houses' and the then spread the seeds on top of the ‘house’. They observed the growth of their seeds, keeping track of this in their 'bean diaries'.




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Year 3
Spring 1- The Power of Forces
Spring 2- Amazing Bodies

In Spring 1, the Year 3 pupils had the opportunity to explore friction and magnetism through a range of practical experiments. The children spoke with great enthusiasm about these experiments: they particularly enjoyed a fair test where they were investigating which would be the strongest magnet. Hands on Science came into school to work with the children during this topic: the children loved being able to apply their knowledge of forces to develop their own mini racers.

In Spring 2, the Year 3 pupils loved exploring their skeleton and muscles. They enjoyed learning about the eatwell plate and applying this knowledge to design an ‘expedition diet’ for Sarah Outen. They also had a fantastic time investigating questions such as:
Can people with longer legs jump further?
Can shorter people do forward rolls more quickly?
Can people with small feet balance for longer on one foot?



For this year's Science Week, Year 3 carried out a four part investigation looking at the effects of different types of exercise on their heart rate. The children had a brilliant time and really impressed their teachers with the way they wrote up the investigation.




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Year 4
Spring 1- Science in a state

In Spring 1, Year 4 took part in a range of experiments such as: investigating how quickly different shapes of ice melt, observing how quickly different solids melt and investigating how the range of evaporation is linked to temperature. It was clear from the children’s books that they had thought really carefully about the variables in their experiments, and how they could make them a ‘fair test’.


For this year's Science WeekYear 4 carried out an investigation to find out if your hand size increases as you get older. They measured three children’s hands in each year group (Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 and 4) and used these to create a scatter graph. They were excited when they noticed a positive correlation between hand size and age.


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Year 5

Spring 1- The Circle of Life
Spring 2- Body Pump

During Spring 1, the Year 5 children really benefitted from their work with the school gardener. It was clear from their work that their practical planting experience had helped them to understand, use and remember a range of challenging vocabulary, such as ‘rhizomes’, ‘tubors’ and ‘propagate’. The children really enjoyed, and excelled, in their research on different life cycles, presenting these in a range of forms and using these to draw conclusions.

During their body topic, the children loved making ‘blood soup’- a mixture of orange squash, red food colouring, marshmellows, jelly etc to replicate the different components of blood. They also enjoyed making models of the heart, and using this to explain circulation. 

For this year's Science Week,Year 5 enjoyed investigating the effect of exercise on heart rate and carried out detailed statistical analyses on their results.




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Year 6
Spring 1- Danger Low Voltage!
Spring 2- Light up your world

During Year 6’s electricity topic, the children demonstrated the ability to carry out a range of fair tests to investigate how the number of cells, lamps, buzzers or the use of resistance wire affected a circuit. The children were always delighted when they were able to use their circuit to make a scientific discovery.

During the light topic, the children particularly enjoyed making periscopes (and finding out how these work) and completing a range of experiments using mirrors to change the direction of light. They were able to confidently talk about refraction, and how to create a spectrum of light. The pupils loved their session with Hands on Science, where they were able to apply their knowledge of dispersion and how light travels to solve a range of challenges.


For this year's Science Week, Year 6 applied their understanding of adaptation, from an earlier Year 6 topic, and their knowledge of Space, from Year 5, to design a creature that is adapted to live on Mars. They also looked in depth at the work of Edward Jenner and used this to create a poster showing an understanding of his work on vaccinations.


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Autumn 2 2021

Year 1

Sensing Seasons

This term, the Year 1 children have been exploring Autumn as part of their ‘Sensing Seasons’ topic. They have investigated the best clothes to wear for the season and looked at how we can use symbols to represent the weather on different days. The children loved going on an Autumn walk to collect evidence of the time of the year: they found some fantastic pine cones, autumn leaves and looked at a range of different seeds.


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Year 2

Materials: Good choices and shaping up

This term, the children have been investigating the properties of different materials. They read ‘the Wooly saucepan’ poem by Michael Rosen and thought about why each item was not well suited for its purpose. They then carried out a fair test to investigate the best fabric to make a hard-wearing pair of dungarees, looking at which fabric they could rub a hole in the quickest. The children looked at a range of different materials and thought about how they could test these to find out what actions change the shape of an object (which objects could we squash, twist, bend and stretch).




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Year 3

Can you see me?
This term, Year 3 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed their light topic. They have investigated shiny and dull objects, and why some objects are easier to see than others. The children enjoyed investigating what happens when we shine a torch onto a mirror, and then looking at how other objects reflect light. They are very confident in speaking about opaque, translucent and transparent objects and have investigated how shadows change during the day. Their favourite experiment was based around investigating what the best material for making a pair of sunglasses was.


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Year 4

Good Vibrations

This term, the Year 4 children have investigated how loudness and pitch can be changed using different instruments. They have used tuning forks to think deeply about sound being caused by vibrations. The children created their own pair of ‘ear gongs’ to test how sound moves through different materials. This was a huge highlight for them! The Year 4 pupils have successfully used data loggers to investigate the statement ‘sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases’ and created their own instruments to investigate how to change the pitch of plucked elastic bands.


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Year 5


Year 5 pupils have continued investigating materials this term. The have been investigating reversible and non-reversible reactions by carrying out a range of experiments; their favourite was testing a selection of solids and liquids to find out which is likely to provide the best mix to inflate their plastic glove. They have looked at what liquids are most effective at preventing rusting to solve the ‘Lucy’s birthday bike’ challenge and have investigated how long a candle burns in different sized jars. Finally, they have created their own ‘pocket rockets’ using effervescent tablets.




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Year 6

Everything Changes

The Year 6 pupils have thoroughly enjoying their Evolution and Inheritance topic. They have learnt how a fossil is formed, attending a fantastic workshop about this at the ThinkTank. The children have considered adaptations of different animals to their environment and how this causes natural selection. They have investigated selective breeding: they decided which parent dogs to breed to create offspring with particular traits. The children impressed us all with their work on speciation, clearly applying their prior learning when writing their explanation of this tricky concept.



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Year 6 visited the ThinkTank this term as part of their topic. During the trip, they revised their understanding of how a fossil is formed and made predictions about whether different fossils came from a dinosaur. They were fantastic at applying their prior knowledge, such as what they learnt in their Year 4 teeth topic, to draw conclusions.




Autumn 1 2021

Year 2

What is in your habitat?

Year 2 have identified whether something is living, dead or has never been alive. They have compared the differences between things that are living, dead or have never been alive. Pupils have identified that most living things have a habitat that they are suited to.  They have compared and contrasted different habitats and how they provide basic needs for living things.  They have identified and named a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats.  They have described and explained how different animals and plants get their food.  


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Year 3

Rock Detectives

Year 3 have compared and grouped different types of rocks based on their appearances and physical properties.  Pupils have described and explained how simple fossils are formed.  They recognised that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.  Pupils have investigated the different types of soil and their uses.  They drew conclusions around the properties of different rocks.




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Year 4

Where Does All That Food Go?

Year 4 have identified the different teeth and described their functions. They have made predictions about animals’ diets based on their teeth.  Pupils have labelled and described the functions of different parts of the digestive system in humans. They have constructed food chains including producers, predators and prey.




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Year 5

Marvellous Mixtures

Year 5 have compared and grouped together everyday materials based on evidence from comparative and fair tests. They understand that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution.  Pupils have described how to recover a substance from a solution. They have used their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, through filtering, sieving and evaporating.  




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