Science

  • Miss Jo Shields

    Science Lead

 
Heamoor School has been awarded a PSQM award - a recognition of the hard work and achievement of all our teaching staff who deliver fantastic Science experiences for the children in school!  A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helps make Science great at Heamoor!
 
Science Intent and Implementation
 
At Heamoor, we asked our parents, children, governors and staff to help us understand when Science works best.  We used the answers to help us to create our vision for Science.
 
Our intent for Science:
Children can ask questions, explore, experiment and discover new things for themselves!
It is fun and exciting!
We work together so everyone can learn.
It relates to the real world.
We can explain our learning in lots of ways!
 
 
 
To help the children develop key skills within Working Scientifically and to ensure they are working towards a strong understanding of the different types of enquiry, we use the following documents:
 
Progression of Skills
 
Within Key Stage 1, our children will develop their Working Scientifically skills by sparking their curiosity through a range of interesting experiments, some adult-led and some they can complete themselves!  We encourage them to ask questions, notice and observe,  use language they know and introduce Scientific vocabulary.  We refer to the five types of enquiry to help build their understanding of the types of enquiry and ensure Science is fun, interactive and interesting!
 
Within Key Stage 2, in Years 3 and 4, our children build upon their previous understanding of enquiry type and conduct more experiments, learning to ask questions and consider their own experiments.  They observe, record and measure with more accuracy and in a range of ways.
 
In Years 5 and 6, the children use their knowledge of enquiry types to plan and conduct their own range of experiments, considering safety, equipment, how best to gather information and how to display it clearly.  They understand variables that can be controlled to conduct fair tests and raise more questions from their findings.  They also conduct their own research using Scientific vocabulary to understand changes in scientific thinking through time, differentiating opinion from fact and looking for evidence to support their ideas and refute others.
 
By using the structure of Working Scientifically to build on the skills through each year within Chemistry, Physics and Biology as well as five clear types of enquiry, the children can become confident Scientists at Heamoor School.
 
Coverage of Curriculum
 
We LOVE Science at Heamoor!  As well as teaching Science through our Topics, we also have 3 Science Weeks EVERY year.
 
For 2020 - 21 the dates are:
 
w/b 19th October - Chemistry
w/b 22nd February - Physics
w/b 12th July - Biology
 
These weeks give our children the opportunity to spend lots of time working on their scientific skills as well as learning the content expected within their year group.  For a breakdown of Science covered through the year, please see the document below.  Don't forget to scroll down for a breakdown of the Science Weeks and lots of lovely photos of our children LOVING Science at Heamoor!
 
 
Local Learning
 
To help link Science with the real world and celebrate this amazing subject within our amazing county, we try to link our learning with places around us.
 
In previous years, this has included:
 
Geevor Mine, Penzance - we have had visitors from the mine visit us for a cross-curricular discussion of mining life and history as well as Year 3 visiting to further their understanding of rock types.
 
Porthcurno Museum - links with electricity, telegraphs and communication, this visit has helped a range of year groups to appreciate the importance of Science in Cornwall's communication history.
 
We also try to link with our local secondary schools, Mounts Bay Academy and Humphry Davy School to show the children the next steps in their Science journey!
 
 
Our Physics Science Week looked very different this year due to the children learning from home!  Although it was trickier for the children to complete some elements of the curriculum such as circuits, the teachers at Heamoor still managed to give the children lots of opportunity to discover new things, conduct experiments and learn with other members of their families!
 
Orange Class focused on using Working Scientifically through using Scientific vocabulary to describe their findings, looking at colours and textures in their learning. 
 
Yellow Class listened to George's Marvellous Medicine and completed lots of practical experiments including making sweets, string telephones, straw rainbows as well as thinking about Working Scientifically all week. 
 
Year 3 found out about light - looking at shadows, reflective surfaces, light and asked lots of questions about the sun and sun safety!  They designed their own sunglasses to protect their eyes and created a shadow show!
 
Blue Class looked (or should that be listened to?) lots of ideas about sound - they considered loud, quiet, high and low pitch as well as frequency.  They conducted experiments and research to find out the loudest animal on Earth and discussed reliability of sources! 
 
Indigo Class looked at different forces through the week including air resistance and friction, making their own straw rockets and considering the best material to keep an egg safe on a flight in an egg basket!  They conducted LOTS of practical experiments and focused on fair test - changing the variable.  Year 5 also conducted research on famous black physicists and looked at Earth and Space, discussed the heliocentric view vs the geocentric view and the universe (phew!).
 
Violet Class studied light and shadows, delving into how light moves, why shadows take the shape of the object that makes them and how best to show our understanding as well as teach others (which included a shadow puppet show too followed by our observations all about shadows).  Year 6 completed mini-quizzes, made posters, video presentations, 3D models and observations through the week!  Our Home Learning grid was a combination of ALL five types of enquiry and Working Scientifically and the children conducted a range of experiments including researching a range of questions generated through the week!
 
Well done, Heamoor!  You have shown that your love of Science through your hard work at home and made us proud!
 
 
We had an AMAZING Chemistry Week!  Read on to find out about each class and their brilliant efforts all week!
 
 
Class Breakdown
 
Orange class had great fun and made a lot of mess during Science Week! We carried out simple tests using simple equipment and had lots of discussions about what predictions are and how accurate our findings were. We melted chocolate, carried out a dunking biscuit experiment, made our own volcanoes and our very own class firework! 

In Yellow Class we fully embraced Science week, and had amazing fun doing so. We carried out a number of practical experiments that allowed us to demonstrate our working scientifically skills. In particular, we were able to utilise our observation over time skills, as well as successfully carrying out simple tests. Everyone very much enjoyed our balloon popping experiment, within which we successfully (for the most part) made our balloons stronger, and stopped them from popping. Another very popular experiment involved observing which liquid made our gummy bears grow the largest over a set period of time (particularly popular because it involved eating the gummy bears once the experiment was over!). All in all, Yellow Class were enthusiastic and engaged throughout the entirety of Science week, and we very much look forward to the next one.

Green Class had a brilliant science week, focusing on rocks, soils and fossils. We found out how soil is made, what different types of rocks look like and the wonders of the world of fossils. We were also able to develop our scientific enquiry further by taking part in fun, practical science experiments. The children loved observing closely and recording their findings in many different ways! 

 
 

This week, in Blue Class, we have been learning about solids, liquids and gases; how we can change their states and the water cycle.  We tested different materials to see how long we could keep an ice cube from melting; had viscosity races with different liquids; investigated which type of chocolate melts the fastest, learnt about non-Newtonian fluids (you have some in your kitchen!) and had a lot of fun making oobleck (the classroom carpet will recover at some point, I’m sure…). We also learnt about the water cycle and made our own versions in sandwich bags.

 

In Indigo, we spent the week looking at changes in materials by investigating what happens when different solids and liquids are mixed together. We discovered that there could be physical or chemical changes depending on what mixtures you use. We made ‘Lava Lamps’ from oil, water, food colouring and soluble tablets; conjured up some ‘balloon magic’ using a mixture of vinegar and baking soda and created multi-coloured ‘lemon volcanoes.’ We discovered which materials dissolve when mixed with water and learned how to separate them using a variety of scientific methods. Added to all of that we conducted a week long experiment to determine the effects of different drinks on ‘teeth egg shells’.  The children have learned loads and had a great time doing so. Such a good week!
Violet Class started our Science Week thinking about Working Scientifically. 
 
We planned lessons for children through the school and wrote sets of instructions to help them to conduct them.
 
Once we were confident planning, we thought about our own investigation and completed experiments freezing different liquids, trying to cook an egg in vinegar (cracked and whole!), discovering the effects of lemon juice, lime juice and vinegar on bread and marshmallows and whether you could make oobleck using liquids other than water!  We even tried to write a secret message on an egg!
 
We had a lot of fun working through our experiments and discovered whether plants could grow in coke and that sometimes our experiment does not work!  
 
To finish the week, we completed a bumper day of Science challenges which tested our knowledge of the Types of Enquiry as well as our Working Scientifically!  Well done, Violet!
 
 
What the children say about Science at Heamoor
 
After each Science Week, Miss Shields always asks the children to give their opinion about Science, how it is taught and what would make it better.  Here is what the children had to say about Science:
 
97% of the whole school enjoyed Chemistry Week
96% of those asked enjoyed Physics Week
 
The best parts of Science are (according to the children):
 
  • the experiments
  • learning new things
  • it's fun
  • being proud of the work completed
 
The majority of children also stated that Science is an important subject and that they enjoyed it even if they did not want a job in Science when they grew up!  This shows that the children acknowledge the role of Science as a vital subject whether or not they felt they were going to be a scientist when they are older.
 
And what would make it better?  Overwhelmingly, the response was...
EVEN MORE:
  • experiments
  • Science
  • Science Weeks
 
Thank you everyone!  We are SO pleased you enjoy Science so much that you just want EVEN MORE than 3 separate weeks dedicated to the subject as well as your regular Science lessons within the term!
 
 
 
 
We asked the children to complete the sentence Science is...
 
This word cloud represents the most common responses:
 
 
Home Learning 
 
 
As well as conducting LOTS of experiments during Science Week, our children have been completing Science throughout lockdown too!  Here is just a selection of fantastic examples of our AWESOME Heamoor Scientists' efforts!
 
 
In Class
 
 
Mars Day - 18th March
 
Indigo Class took part in Mars day in March!  They watched a fascinating Q and A with Tim Peake, the astronaut, finding out about life in space and training to be ready for such a difficult and rewarding profession!
 
After this, the children were also challenged to work in groups to figure out where to land the Perseverance rover on Mars!  They had to consider the formation of the land from rivers of water which once ran through the planet, the elevation of the land and many other factors to ensure the safe arrival of the rover!
 
The children had a fantastic day and worked well in their groups with this difficult challenge!  Well done, Indigo!