Science at Cotsford
At Cotsford Primary the children explore and study a range of topics within the National Curriculum using Science Bug and Cornerstones Curriculum. We ensure a hands-on approach, working scientifically, to equip us with scientific knowledge and understanding for our future and beyond.
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What a term it’s been in EYFS! The children have had so much fun learning about different materials that would be suitable for a teddy and baking gingerbread men!
They’ve had the best time exploring the snow too and completed snow cooking, numbers and potions. To finish off their time in the snow they had hot chocolate and the gingerbread to warm them up.
In Year 1 the children have enjoyed investigating the seasons looking at the similarities and differences between them. They investigated the weather during these seasons and thoroughly enjoyed making wind toys to measure the wind speed. The children explored the length of the day, dark and light, and recorded how the light changes from a morning, throughout the day and into the night using the words dim, dark and light. They also investigated warm and cold weather, using the snow to help them to do this. They observed changes in the school grounds in the winter and recorded what they found. They also really enjoyed recording the weather each day for a week and being ‘weathermen’, sharing the daily weather with their friends.
What a fab time our Year 2 class has had this half term in Science. They began by exploring and sorting objects which are living, non-living and never lived. This caused a few debates! They discussed what some objects were made of and whether the raw materials had ever been part of a growing object. The children worked in groups to decide what a living thing does, from this they created a class grid to attempt to classify whether something is living. They then began to explore, the different stages in growth in humans. The children worked in groups to classify the different stages and identify what humans can do at each stage. From this, they looked at whether animals’ offspring look the same as their adults. The children then completed the challenge to use Purple Mash to create a lifecycle of a animal.
Year 3/4 have learned about what forces are and what they are measured in. The children have really enjoyed taking part in lots of investigations, demonstrating just how strong magnets and forces can be! The children have used Newton Metres during these investigations and have been able to record their results.
Year 4 has once again been fascinated with their Science topic – digestion. They enjoyed making large-scale models of their digestive system in order to help them understand the function of each part. As you can see in the pictures below, they even made models of their own teeth to see where the digestive system begins. The children investigated tooth decay and discovered how quickly coke can change the colour of your teeth so they are going to try to drink less of it. They finished their topic by researching animal’s food chains. The children choose their own predator and used the iPads to create a food chain with the correct labels.
In Year 5 the children have been looking at all types of materials and their properties. It was great that they could use all of their knowledge from previous years about magnetism and solids, liquids and gasses and extend their knowledge to think about how that understanding can solve problems. They worked hard to design an experiment to show what materials would keep liquid hot for the longest and even predicted what would happen, justifying their answers. These skills will be so useful in their future science units!
Year 6 have studied electricity. They have investigated what makes a simple circuit and can explain how to make a bulb brighter or a buzzer louder. They can draw circuits using symbols and can identify working and non-working circuits explaining and fixing the faults.
What a term its been in EYFS! The children have had so much fun learning about the season of autumn. They went on a walk and collected lots of autumn treasure including conkers, leaves, berries, pine cones and lots more! They even thought they heard a bear and a Gruffalo while they were walking. Yikes!
What a messy time Year 2’s have had this half term in science. They began by exploring materials in their local environment and sorting them into their own categories. They discussed a variety of materials and investigated their properties. Creating cornflour slime was fun! The children were amazed that it was solid on the tray and tough to pick up then changed to a liquid in their hands. They were challenged to find more magical science moments at home by their teacher. Some did ice cube melting and others explored chocolate melting. The children enjoyed predicting which paper would rip and which wouldn’t. They also like working independently investigating whether solid shapes could be changed by bending, twisting, squashing and squeezing.
Year 3 have been investing and studying rocks. The children started the topic by sorting a range of chocolate ‘rocks’ and discussed why they had chosen the categories. They then compared different types of rock samples and grouped them, depending on their appearance and properties. They have looked at how some fossils are formed and also had a go at creating their own fossils made out of clay. Finally, the children enjoyed digging up soil samples from around school (including worms!) to find out what kind of soil it was and how worms impacted our soil.
The Scientists in Year 4 have been fascinated with the topic, States of Matter. They have worked scientifically to investigate solids, liquids and gases and what happens to them when they are heated or cooled. As you can see in the pictures, they even made chocolate crispy cakes, which were delicious. The children enjoyed measuring the temperature with thermometers. Finally, they used their knowledge of changes of state to identify each in the water cycle.
Year 5 have been busy studying Earth and Space. They have learned about the order of the planets in the solar system, how they orbit the sun and about other celestial bodies, like Pluto. They were fascinated by natural satellites, like the Moon, and how it is seen because it reflects the light from the Sun. The children now understand how the Earth’s tilt is why we have different seasons and all about different models of the Solar System. They loved challenging themselves in the Space Game, using their new knowledge to score as many points as they could!
Light has been the focus in Year 6. The children have experimented with light sources and mirrors and can explain that light travels in straight lines and have begun to understand that reflected surfaces alter the direction in which light travels. They know the difference between transparent, translucent and opaque and can describe how light is blocked by an object. They can explain how we see things and know some parts of the eye and how they work.