Science at St. James'
Our Science Principles:
We are excited, enthusiastic and engaged in our learning.
We are hooked in by imaginative lessons and wish to continue our learning at home.
We ask questions and have lively discussions.
Our learning builds on what we already know.
We have the right resources to use.
Our lessons are hands on and practical so we can make discoveries.
We have a balance between learning scientific knowledge and working scientifically and practically.
We use the correct scientific vocabulary.
Our learning is linked to the world around us.
ASH CLASS - ANIMALS
Throughout the half term and from our visit to Blackpool Zoo the children learnt to identify and name a variety of common animals including, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The children started to identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. The children also learnt to describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.
Ash Class - Humans and Animals
Throughout Spring Term 1 the children will learn to:
Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.
Recognise that humans are animals.
Compare and describe differences in their own features (eye, hair, skin colour, etc.).
Recognise that humans have many similarities.
Rowan Class – Spring Term 2020 – Life Cycles
In Science Lessons this term, the children in Rowan Class will be finding out about the life cycles of a variety of animals and plants both in the local environment and further afield.
The children will observe life-cycle changes in a variety of living things, for example plants in the vegetable garden or flower border, and animals in the local environment. They will also be finding out about the work of naturalists and animal behaviourists, such as, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall.
Throughout the Spring Term the children will:
· Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.
· Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
· Describe the changes as humans develop to old age.
· Draw a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development of humans.
· Learn that plants produce pollen from the stamen (male part of a plant) which is transferred to the stigma and then the ovary (female parts of the plant), fertilisation occurs in the ovary of the flower, seeds are formed as a result of fertilisation and dispersed away from the parent plant.
Seeds may be dispersed in a variety of ways: blown by the wind, carried on animal fur, floating on water. They may be eaten in a fruit and pass through an animal's digestive system or might appear to explode into the air.
If you could create a far-flying seed, what would it look like?
We designed a fair test to see how different surfaces affect a toy car’s movement. We used different surfaces on a wooden ramp for one of our investigations. We changed the height of the ramp for the second of our investigations. What happened......?
Elm Class have been naming parts of a flower as part of their life cycle lessons. The children needed to find and name any features of a flowering plant that is needed for reproduction. The children examined the flowers closely and named and labelled the parts. We discussed the role of the different parts and what would happen if any of the parts were missing. Here are some photos of their examination of the flowers and the naming labelling.
This half term, Sycamore Class have been focusing on animal life cycles. The children have researched different animal groups: mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. In particular, the children have researched gestation periods, number of offspring, whether they give birth to live young and how dependent the offspring are.
In addition to this, all this data is then compared to see what similarities and differences different animal groups have.
The children have found out some amazing facts too.
Did you know
A bird native to the Amazon rain forest - the hoatzin bird- is a bizarre and unique bird known as the flying cow! They have claws on their wings when young, it groans and hisses and, more extraordinarily, it has a foul body odour!
Birch Class have enjoyed discussing our Science Principles this half term and identifying when we may be using one or two. We have also been excited to see our new Science Display Board that is next to the climbing frame in the hall (see picture). Mrs Pendlebury has done a sterling job putting up all the various parts and adding to it every couple of days to build up the excitement…. You can see we have a Mad Scientist and a friendly skeleton kindly put together by Mrs Woodward. There is a section called ‘Scientist of the Month’, which will include contemporary scientists as well as from days gone by. This will be changed every month. There is also space (and Post Its) to ask the Mad Scientist questions, which she will hopefully answer!!! Finally, at the top there are suggestions of careers that Science can lead to. Do take a look…………………..
This half term in Hawthorn Class, the children have really enjoyed finding out all about rocks. They have studied different types of rocks and can tell the difference between sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. They have also found out about how fossils are formed and have studied the work of Mary Anning. They are now expert geologists and paleontologists!