British Science Week - Year 1
This week, St George's have celebrated British Science Week 2019. In doing so, children throughout the school have taken part in various science activities and collaborated with different year groups. Year 1 were very lucky to pair up with Year 6 and so each Year 1 class had 15 Year 6 children come to their class on Thursday afternoon to join them in completing experiements. Each class completed two out of the four following experiements. Slippery slopes - children had to pour different liquids down a slope to test how fast or slow each liquid moved. Floating journey - children had to choose suitable materials to make a boat which would float and last in water. Tunnel engineers - children had to experiment with different materials to make a tunnel in the sand. Make it fly - children had to make helicopters, gliders and planes out of paper and see how far they could make each one fly. All children had a fantastic afternoon with the Year 6 children and said how much they enjoyed the experience. A big thank you to the Year 6 children for coming down to lower site to work with us in Year 1. The children were an excellent support for the younger children and showed excellent respect. Well done Year 1 for your fantastic science knowledge and working so hard.
Year 2 - British Science Week
The theme of science week this year, was journeys. Year 2 children teamed up with Year 5's to complete invetigations associated to the theme 'journeys'. Both year groups invetigated the following activities: 'The Sneeze Zone' and 'Make it Fly'. They carried out their experiments in teams and together drew their conclusions from the data they collected as to which method was most effcetive to stop a sneeze and which aircraft flew the furthest. Both year groups showed an excellent scientific understanding and used some fantastic vocabularly to describe what was happening. What a scientific bunch of children we have at St. George's! Well done Year 2 and Year 5 for a fantastic afternoon celebrating everything science.
The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They should be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They should begin to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. Most of the learning about science should be done through the use of first-hand practical experiences, but there should also be some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.
‘Working scientifically’ is described separately in the programme of study, but must always be taught through and clearly related to the teaching of substantive science content in the programme of study. Throughout the notes and guidance, examples show how scientific methods and skills might be linked to specific elements of the content.
Pupils should read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word-reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.
During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
- asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
- observing closely, using simple equipment
- performing simple tests
- identifying and classifying
- using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
- gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
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