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Summer 2 - British Science Week
This week (5th - 9th July) we are taking part in lots of experiments based on this year's British Science Week. The theme is 'Innovating for the Future' and we are following experiments based on 'Not so Fantastic Plastic'. Plastic pollution is a really big issue at the moment so we will be experimenting with alternatives - will they be as good as plastic? Take a look at the pictures below to see how we get on using cornflour, milk 'plastic' (casein) and paper as just some of the alternatives to the plastic we are familiar with.
We also had a visit from Forensic Science. Class 3 used their investigational skills to work out the clues and draw their own conclusions!
Summer 1 - States of Matter
This ‘States of Matter’ unit will teach the class about the differences between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects and identifying their properties. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the weight of a gas. Furthermore, they will have chance to find the ideal temperature to melt chocolate. They will explore in-depth how water changes state, exploring melting, freezing, condensing as well as a particular focus on evaporation. Finally, they will learn about the stages of the water cycle.
Autumn 2 - Sound
This half term our science topic is all about ‘Sound’. We will be learning about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness. The children will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations, and completing a sound survey of their school, finding out about the types of sound they find and how they compare with other areas. We will have different opportunities to explore and investigate sound as well as plan their own investigation into how to make something sound proof. There will be plenty of opportunities to use our scientific vocabulary when working practically or in written work.
School Sound Survey
We went on a walk around the playground to listen for the different sounds we could hear. We tried to identify if they were loud or quiet and what had caused the vibration. We then used a drum with some rice on to show how sound causes vibrations. When Mr Holland hit the drum hard and made a loud sound, the rice jumped in the air!
This science topic is a first introduction to studying electricity at Key Stage 2. We will learn what electricity is and how it was discovered. We will identify which appliances use electricity in school and at home and how to keep ourselves safe. Children will construct circuits, start to create pictorial circuits and conduct an investigation into how easily different types of switches can break and reconnect a circuit.