Science at Grove

 

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

Materials

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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