Science at The Ryde School 2021 – 2022
Class 1 introduced Venn diagrams and sorted materials according to their properties. They looked at ‘silly’ materials to help build the children’s understanding of what properties different materials have.
Class 1 went a trip to Knebworth House and took part in a seed workshop. They looked at uses of plants like medicinal plants and plants we eat.
As part of their work on plants, Class 1 went on a walk around the school to find leaves and used these to help identify and name trees. They also did some sketching sorting and labelling using the key words deciduous and evergreen.
Suitability of materials
We tested different materials to discover which would be best to make a pair of wellies. We considered how to make it a fair test and identified that it needed to be waterproof and strong
Alive, dead, never been alive.
We placed a hula hoop on an area of the field and used magnifying glasses to help us find things that are alive, dead or never been alive. We thought carefully about grass and had a discussion about whether it is alive or never been alive. Some of us thought it was never alive because it doesn’t have a heart.
We created shoebox habitats. We used our previous learning from our school trip and lessons in school to help us think carefully about what animals need in their habitat to help them survive.
Class 3 have been investigating skeletons. They drew what they thought a skeleton looked like at the beginning of the year and then have been doing lots of creative activities to develop this knowledge including creating models and completing drawings outside.
What materials are reflective? How can we see a person walking in the dark? Does light bend?
These are a few of the questions Class 3 have been investigating this year when looking at light.
The children have looked at what plants need to survive and the conditions that a seed needs to germinate. As part of this learning they have gone outside and observed the conditions that plants need and then planted some new plants in the school grounds.
Class 4 have been learning about electrical circuits, they had to make a circuit which worked and worked out the rules involved in making a complete circuit.
Class 4 had a science workshop using the material Plaztazote. They learnt about how the material changes from a solid to a more malleable material. They used this new material to create a mask.
The children have worked on locating microhabitats around the school and what conditions are created in these micro-habitats.
Class 5 have explored the parts of a flowering plant. They dissected a lily and identified the parts that help them reproduce.
The whole school had a visit from Mrs Thomas who came to speak to use about hedgehogs and how to protect them. Class 5 were very interested as they have worked hard to create different habitats for living things in the school grounds.
They had a STEM workshop led by the local STEM ambassadors. They had to use a range of skills including coding and knowledge of levers to crack a code and open a safe.
For Science day, Class 6 investigated which biscuit was the best for dunking. They created their own investigation and recorded their experiment in groups. They the created clear scatter graphs to record their results and feedback what they had found out.
How fast is your resting heart rate? How does this compare to your heart rate when you are active? Class 6, along with their parents, investigated these questions. Timing their heart rate and recording their findings accurately.
Class 6 have been learning about evolution and inheritance. They did an excellent outdoor investigation which helped pupils understand why inheritance is so important for survival.