Science

Last summer, we were so pleased to receive 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!
We LOVE Science at Heamoor!
 
On this page you will find our Vision for Science based on feedback we gathered from pupils, parents, teaching staff and governors.  There is a copy of our core documents we use to help the children learn this amazing subject!
 
We have 3 Science Weeks EVERY year.
 
This year the dates are:
w/b 28th October - Chemistry
w/b 24th February - Physics
w/b 2nd June - Biology (excluding Yr 1)
 
You will also find a Homework Grid with a range of cross-curricular activities for all ages - please complete as many of these as you like with your children and bring in their work/photos for us to share!
 
If you have any questions/queries about Science at Heamoor, please ask Miss Shields!
Homework Grid
 
We would LOVE you to celebrate Science at home too.
 
Please look at the grid attached and complete one or two of the activities!  Take pictures and bring in your efforts to school so Miss Shields can add your brilliant achievements onto the website!
What a busy week we had in Heamoor School!
 
Our Science Week focus was Physics and every class worked so hard looking at lots of different areas of this amazing subject!
 
Please read on for more information about each class' efforts!
 
In Orange Class we were watching cress grow in different conditions and making our own time lapse videos. We also explored the seasons, completed the skittles experiment by making clear predictions, tested biscuits to see which ones were the best 'dunkers' and made our own volcanoes!
Yellow Class had so much fun focusing on 'Working Scientifically'. We were able to explore habitats and why animals are specifically suited to different places. We then explored minibeasts living in our own local environment, designing and making 'Bug Hotels' ensuring that we filled them full of natural objects that minibeasts like. We were able to take part in a range of scientific experiments, observing closely and using labelled diagrams to describe what happened.
We have completed SO much Science in Green Class - it has been amazing!
 
During Physics Science Week, Green Class focused on Forces and Magnets, our new Science topic. This linked in well to Physics week and meant we were able to do lots of investigating. We started by learning what forces are, looking mainly at pushing and pulling. We investigated whether the objects in our classroom created push or pull forces (e.g. opening the door, pulling out the chair, pushing a lid on a pen etc). We then moved on to friction; firstly looking at the effect of friction on different surfaces. We tested this by seeing how far a toy car would travel over various surfaces and seeing if our predictions were correct. We then did an investigation using jelly cubes. We used pencils as chopsticks and transferred the jelly cubes from one plate to another and found this easy. Oil was then poured on the jelly cubes which made it almost impossible to transfer with the pencils due to the lack of friction between the pencils and the jelly because of the oil causing a slippery surface.
 
After learning about forces, we moved on to magnets. We had a lot of time exploring magnets and seeing exactly how they worked before making our own ‘magnet maze’. The aim was to guide a paperclip through a maze we had drawn with a magnet underneath – we had to change our designs as we went to ensure the paperclip fit through the maze and make sure we chose a strong enough magnet.
 
We ended the week by doing an ‘egg drop’ experiment. We learnt about gravity and the giant force this has on everyone and everything in the world. We then had to create some cushioning for our egg using only 3 resources in order for the egg to survive a high fall. We have all had lots of fun learning about forces and magnets and can’t wait to learn more over the term!
On Monday, Blue Class explored the vibrations which occur and help to create sound. We focused principally on experimenting with rice on drums and watching how the rice jumped when the drum made a noise (and was hit). We also went round the school listening to the noises we could hear and comparing the sounds in the different classes and the Key Stages. 

In the afternoon, Blue Class explored creating electrical circuits. It was tricky putting the batteries in but we really enjoyed putting the circuits together and working as teams. 

On Tuesday, Blue Class continued our exploration of vibrations and sound by again looking at the rice on drums and the relationship between the louder sound and the larger movements of the rice. We then explored ears and were fascinated by how sound travels through the ear and all the different parts of the ear. 
 
We spent the second half of the week looking at sound (in the mornings) and electricity (in the afternoons). During our sound sessions we looked at the different types of sound waves that are created when a low or a high pitch is made as well as making our own telephones out of string. During the afternoons we practised making circuits before trialling different materials to test whether they were conductors or insulators.
In Indigo Class, we designed and made parachutes, created ‘safety zones’ for toy cars, built bridges, designed Mars rovers  and actually did some rocket science. We completed all of this to discover the forces of friction, gravity, air resistance, pushes and pulls and balanced/unbalanced forces.  We had a lot of fun, especially sending our rockets as high as we could!
Violet Class started our Science Week with a trip to Porthcurno Museum!  We learned so much about electricity and how it is used to help send Morse code.  We made electrical circuits, setting them up with a Morse key and sent each other messages.  We even tried creating our own mnemonics to help us remember how many dots and dashes we needed for each letter.
 
Back at school, we continued our exploration of electricity, creating circuits and testing theories around volts and lengths of wires to examine how components are effected within circuits.  We accurately recorded our findings and generated more questions to discover even more answers.
 
We even examined the difference between parallel and series circuits - amazing!  We learned about famous discoveries from the past and innovations which changed our modern lives including some very famous names like Benjamin Franklin and Michael Faraday.
 
We had a brilliant week in Violet Class! 
Science Documents
 
Please see our Vision for Science, Working Scientifically and 5 Types of Enquiry documents below!