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The main focus of science for key stage 1 on our National Curriculum is to enable children to experience and observe the world around them. We do this by:

  • Encouraging children to be curious
  • Asking questions about what they notice

 

We help to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of enquiry to answer their own questions.

For example:

  • Observing changes over a period of time
  • Noticing patterns
  • Grouping and classifying things
  • Carrying out simple comparative tests
  • Finding things out using secondary sources of information

 

As a school we use simple measurements and equipment to gather our data and carry out simple tests and experiments that are both fun and informative. We will then record the data and share our findings.

 

Programmes of study

Year 1

Year 2

Working scientifically

Plants

Animals, including humans

Everyday materials

Uses of everyday materials

Seasonal changes

Living things and their habitats

Things to do

 

Big Bird Watch

Every year the RSPB conduct the Big Schools Birdwatch. This survey is about counting the numbers of birds that visit our school grounds. Why not conduct your own bird watch survey to observe the birds that visit your garden?

 

What to do:

  • Choose an hour time slot during the day.
  • During the hour, record the birds in your garden. You could use binoculars but these are not essential. Keep track using the survey sheet.
  • Share your findings. What did you find out? How could you encourage more birds to visit your garden?

 

Just a little fun! 

Mrs Legg has created a few different quizzes that challenges you to identify birds, animals, fruit & vegetables! The bird one also has an excellent set of instructions for making a bird cake! Enjoy!

Quizzes

NHM Family Festival: Dinosaurs

 

The Natural History Museum are hosting a virtual festival of dinosaur themed activities from the 10th-19th April. You can join in with the fun including activities such as making an origami dinosaur, baking dinosaur footprint cookies, finding out what dinosaur you are and going on a virtual dinosaur dig. 

 

The Wildlife Trust - Wildlife Webcams

 

Ospreys, puffins, peregrines, owls...and more! Watch wildlife on webcams provided by Wildlife Trusts across the British Isles. The webcams allow you an view of intriguing behaviours such as nesting and hatching.

 

What can you find out about our native species?

Cygnets and Ducklings

Share the story of Lucky Duck together.

 

Can you create your own bird using a paper plate? Make sure your bird has a beak, wings and a tail. Get creative!

 

Encourage more birds to visit your garden by making your own birdcake.

 

Lucky Duck Story Book

Paper Bird Plates

Butterflies and Dragonflies

We have been finding out about materials and more recently we used this knowledge to create our own boats. Find a range of household materials and create your own test to see which materials float or sink. How could you share your findings?

 

You could follow the instructions to make an origami boat. Can you make a prediction, test it and share your findings? Was this a good material to use for a boat?

 

You could have a go at making your own boats out of different materials and testing their properties. Which materials worked well, which materials were not suitable and why?

BBC Schools: Cats' Eyes: Forces - Floating and Sinking

Alf has problems feeding a lobster whose food floats to the top of the tank. Shauna boards a Thames dredger on a clean-up operation. Sheryl goes diving in th...

Otters and Kingfishers

Can you build the solar system using household objects for example using fruit? Consider the order of the planets and how you could represent these.

 

Look for constellations in the night sky. Can you find out about Orion and any other constellations?

 

Orion The Giant

Resources

Maddie’s Do You Know?

EYFS - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/do-you-know

KS1 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b09yn3ly/maddies-do-you-know

 

BBC Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6svr82

 

Youtube – LETS GO LIVE with Maddie and Greg

Live daily science based stream at 11am https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate

Garden Week

Brilliant Bodies Week

Mission Space

Dino Week

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