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Science


St Peter’s Academy Vision Statement

At St Peter’s Academy, Alton our vision is to engage the natural curiosity of our pupils, to ignite a passion for exploring and discovering the world around them with confidence, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

We believe in a hands on approach to science with exciting practical, explorative and investigative lessons at the heart of our curriculum.

Through this type of learning we aim to foster a thirst for knowledge and confident life-long learners.

Working Scientifically

Please click on each year group for further information:

Early Years Foundation Stage

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Science Programmes of Study

Key Stage 1

  

Key Stage 2

Science Investigations

Rubber or not rubber - We explored a range of objects. We discussed what the objects were and how this was different to what they were made from. We sorted the objects into rubber and not rubber. We realised there was a third group because some of the objects were made from rubber and another material so we sorted them into a venn diagram. We discussed why objects were made from particular materials.

We decided that rubber was flexible, waterproof, stretchy, strong and that it floats. We investigated our ideas and found out that our predictions about rubber were correct.

     

Bounciest ball - We investigated which ball was the bounciest. We discussed how to make our test fair by dropping the ball from the same height and with the same force and dropping it onto the same surface. Most of us predicted the large rubber ball would be the bounciest.

“I think the large rubber ball will be the bounciest because it is a bit squidgy and the ball will hit the surface and bounce up quickly. It is full of air and the air will help it be bouncy.”

We were surprised how bouncy the golf ball was.

“I think the golf ball is bouncy because it is hard on the outside but I think it is rubber inside. I’m not really sure though so I might have to google it.”

          

We continued our investigation into bouncy balls, but this time we investigated the bounciest surface. We chose one ball to make our test fair. Bouncing our balls on wood, carpet, rubber, cardboard and cushions was good fun. We made sure we dropped the balls from the same height each time. We measured how many cm each ball bounced to.

Humpty Dumpty Experiment -  Class 2 have been learning about materials. They predicted if Humpty Dumpty would survive a fall if he was surrounded by particular materials. We surrounded Humpty in feathers, cotton wool, marbles, baking beans and bubble wrap.We made sure our test was fair by dropping Humpty onto the same surface, with the same force and from the same height. Our results showed that Humpty was protected when he was dropped in cotton wool and bubble wrap.

       

The children wrote conclusions:

“The cotton wool is soft and the bubble wrap helped him because there are bubbles of air in the bubble wrap.”

“The bubble wrap had air in it and when Humpty fell on it he didn’t break because the air in the bubble wrap made him bounce softly.”

“The feathers didn’t protect him because they were soft but thin and there were gaps for the egg to fall through.”

“Cotton wool is soft and protective. If it was thin cotton wool it wouldn’t protect but the cotton wool was thick so it protected the egg.”

“The bubble wrap had air inside and air floats so the floating egg cushioned the egg.”

Materials - We examined a range of fabrics. We discussed our ideas about the fabrics in our groups. We thought about what each fabric might have been used for. We focussed on elasticity and ordered our fabrics from most stretchy to least stretchy.

    

Habitats - In Class 1, we have been talking about habitats; where animals live.  We explored a range of natural objects and made habitats for the woodland animals in the Percy the Park Keeper stories that we have been reading during Literacy. 

       

Nutrition - Chartwells, our school meals provider, visited us to talk about having a healthy gut.We learnt about digestion and the different kinds of bacteria in our bodies. We tried some foods like beans and natural yoghurt. We even made our own sauerkraut!

              

Skeleton Keith came to visit Class 3. We made skeletons out of pipe cleaners to investigate what would happen if our bones were bendy.