Science

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!
 
 
Biology week was amazing!  Well done to all the children who worked hard and learned lots about the environment, human biology, microbes, animals, habitats and so much more!  Please read on for a brief synopsis of what each class completed and lots of pictures of the children working hard!  Another successful Science Week - well done everyone!
 
Orange Class have been looking at animals all term and spent their Science Week exploring more about animals in the world including the Big 5 African animals, naming parts of animals and Arctic animals.  They also looked at classifying leaves, endangered animals, categorising animals and the life-cycle of a caterpillar.  Phew!  What a lot of learning!

Yellow Class had so much fun exploring plants and animals, taking part in habitat hunts in our school woodland and observing plant growth in our meadow! We took part in research projects focusing on why animals and humans are suited to specific habitats. 

Green Class explored all things plants in Science Week!  The children looked at parts of plants and their functions and delved into what plants need to survive.  We even explored the pollination process!  Great work, Green Class!

Blue Class started the week looking at human teeth and the digestive system.  We learned how amazing our bodies are and what each organ of the digestive system was used for (we even made stomachs and 'digested' bread in them - it was pretty disgusting but really fun!).  Then we explored our local environment, looking at food chains, classification keys, Venn diagrams and tables to identify and group animals in a range of ways.  We loved getting outside and will carry on our Science this term by looking at how environments change and the dangers this can pose for animals.  

Indigo Class spent the week studying all manner of living things. They examined the life cycles of insects, amphibians and mammals and they investigated the many characteristics of plants and animals. Exploration of the outdoor woodland area gave them an insight into the variety of plants we have growing in our nearby habitats and allowed them the opportunity to identify many different plant species.

During the Biology Science Week, Violet Class looked at 'Living things and their habitats'.  We designed our own taxonomy systems and researched the System of Nature designed by Carl Linneaus, which is still used today.  We also researched newly-discovered creatures, including quite a few named after Sir David Attenborough!  We explored our school habitat and recorded the plants and animals that we found to create a field guide.  Finally, towards the end of the week, we looked at microbes and the famous scientists Edward Jenner, Louis Pasteur and Sir Alexander Fleming. We learnt about how their discoveries had a huge impact on medicine that we still use today.  We also used what we had learnt about microbes to design and run an 'observation over time' investigation about bread mould.

Well done to our amazing Super Scientists this term who each received a certificate and prize for their efforts in Science Week!  Good job!

Wow!  What a week we had learning about lots of different areas of Physics!  Here is a small snapshot of what we were doing in Science Week!

Orange Class spent their week learning how to work scientifically. We took part in many experiments which involved the children thinking carefully about to plan and run experiments safely and independently. We grew cress in different conditions and made volcanoes using baking soda, food colouring and vinegar. We made a rainbow with skittles, cleaned coins and many more!
Yellow Class enjoyed focusing on working scientifically, performing tests, making predictions and reflecting on what happened. We were able to spend a whole morning exploring our school woodland, making potions and building our own bird feeders and bug hotels. We have made slime and observed a range of fun tests closely using scientific vocabulary.
Green Class focused on magnets and light including recognising we need light in order to see things and the difference in our pupil dilation in certain lights. We explored reflection and the difference between the amount of light opaque, translucent and transparent materials allow to come through. We looked at UV lights from the sun and ways we can protect ourselves from this harmful form of light and completed lots of experiments using magnets!
Blue Class looked at circuits at the start of the week. We identified the different components and learned how each one worked. We independently completed experiments and tested materials to see if they were conductors or insulators. The second half of Physics Week, we looked at sound. We explored the link between vibrations and pitch, making observations and showing our understanding in a range of ways!
Indigo Class found out how objects move through the air and investigated the effects of different forces such as gravity and air resistance. They made rockets and parachutes, testing them to see what makes them successful (or not!)
During the Physics Science Week, Violet class investigated light and shadow. They found out about how light travels in straight lines and how it can be reflected. We also looked at how our eyes see objects and that our brains are very clever at seeing things upside down! The class investigated how to make shadows change shape, size and definition and discovered the rainbow of colour in light, by using prisms. Some groups even created amazing rainbow-coloured shadows!
Phew! What an amazing week! The children really enjoyed it and are already looking forward to Biology Week in the Summer Term!
Congratulations to our Super Scientist award winners – you showed exceptional scientific skills in the week and should be really proud of yourselves!
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!
Special Science Shout Outs!
A special mention must be made to the children who bring in extra Science that they have been looking at in their free time and to those who bring in their amazing learning to share with others!
 
This year Miss Shields has been lucky enough to be shown:
 
An amazing electricity kit by Jack R
A whole Science Lab in a box by Molly and Mackendra L
The spine of a sheep by Aoife L
The shell of a crustacean by Charlie B
A fantastic robot by Kai M
 
If you have any AWESOME Science you want to share, please come and show Miss Shields and the rest of your class!  It's fantastic to see so much BRILLIANT Science being completed!  
Homework Grid
Here is our Homework grid - have fun completing some of the activities and remember to bring in photos/finished work so we can celebrate awesome Science!