As a school we follow the 2014 National Curriculum and cover the subjects and topics as outlined in the statutory guidance.
Mrs S Harper has curriculum responsibility for science and can be contacted if you require further information.
Please contact the school office for further details.
At Palmers Cross Primary School our vision for science is to provide a curriculum which offers the children the opportunity to explore the world so that they have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. We aim to nurture children’s curiosity through practical experiences that inspire questions and inquiry. Our children will be life-long learners who continue to have an active role in science.
Science is all around us and is an important part of our daily life.
We are encouraging children to think scientifically about the world around them in a fun and engaging way.
To support our children to do this we will be providing a range of practical investigations and key facts to discuss, on the newsletter and school website, for you to complete at home.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Principles of Science
Class 5 have enjoyed dissecting a lily. They managed to find the female and male parts.
In science this week we have been putting down our knowledge of materials by looking at a number of objects and thinking of scientific words that we could use to describe how they felt.
We also discussed what materials we knew about already before we begin to learn about which material we think would be best for a space suit.
Look out for our experiments to see what we find out!
Class 5 have been investigating air resistance. They have been learning about the control variable, independent variable and the dependent variable.
Class 2 have been working hard in their science learning to investigate which materials are waterproof and absorbent.
In science Year 1 went for a nature walk to look for signs of Summer and Autumn noticing that Summer was ending and Autumn was beginning to show.
Class 7 have been learning about the needs of a baby in science.
Class 4 had a fantastic time exploring under the sea using virtual reality (VR) googles. We saw the different layers of the ocean and the animals that had adapted to live in each zone.
Class 5 have started their new Science topic of forces. They have started the year off looking at measuring forces in newtons.
Year 5 have loved this weeks theme. They have enjoyed converting wizard money to muggle money and working out the cost of wizard items in Maths. In English, we have acted out a part of Harry Potter, planned and have written their own play scripts. Finally, in Science they have created their own Hogwarts out of junk modelling, that needed to include: a catapult, a swimming pool and a working drawbridge. The castle also needed to be earthquake proof.
Class four had a very exciting and very sticky day today! We have made foamy troll toothpaste and Butter Beer slime!
Class 3 have been getting stuck in to their Science Week learning. They enjoyed starting the week off by creating their own wands. Their latest task was to create giant gummy bears for Honeyduke's Sweet Shop. They even wrote a set of instructions so that others can make their own giant gummy bears.'
Class 3 enjoyed learning about how chocolate changes when it solidifies after it has been melted. Our favourite part was testing that it tasted the same!
Class 3 finished Science Week by exploring how they could make a CD hover. They worked really well as a team and we even managed to race our hovering CDs.
Science Club enjoyed dissolving skittles and exploring what happens when we use different temperatures of water.
Class 2 really enjoyed their habitat learning in science today. We used magnifying glasses to look closely and pooters to collect minibeasts.
In Science this week in Year 5 we used Newton meters to measure the force of a range of items. We then used our results to produce a bar chart.
The most streamlined boat will create the least water resistance, and will move through the water the fastest.
Which one will win?
Year 5 have been investigating whether or not butter melting is a reversible or irreversible change.
Year 5 have been investigating irreversible reactions in particular acid base reactions.
Science Club September 2018
Parent governor and PTA member Tony Jackson has responded well to the pleading of the eco committee to help save our school pond. Together with the fire brigade, our pond has been successfully drained and refilled. The eco committee along with the rest of our school would like to say a huge thank you.
In Assembly this week we read the story of mole, who had to use his scientific skills to identify who the poo belonged to.
Palmers Cross children were great at identifying the poo!
Chair of Governors, Mr Derek Brown has been joining us throughout science week.
Nursery enjoyed looking at the finished work on display with him.
Class 7 had a fantastic Science week learning all about 'Disgusting Science'. On Tuesday we investigated who the poo (pretend!) belonged to. We also learnt how to make slime/snot by following a set of instructions. In sensory, we explored disgusting textures. Finally on Friday, we learnt all about mould and why it is important to wash our hands!
In Reception, we have been learning about how the germs on our hands can travel. We have learnt how to wash our hands effectively, so we can help to put a stop germs travelling.
Year 1 looked at why the body produces snot and used shaving foam and contact lense solution to make their own snot.
Then they looked at why we sneeze and measured how far a sneeze could travel, using a syringe and a skeleton skull. The children then squirted the solution through the syringe and out through the nose.
'Year 2 have been learning about mould in our Disgusting Science. We have set up our own investigations to see where bread will turn mouldy the quickest. Lots of us think that the bread we have put by the radiator will turn mouldy first.'
'Year 2 have had a lovely afternoon making cottage cheese from sour milk! There are some uses for disgusting things!'
Class 4 had to help Mr Twit find the best alternative for toilet roll. We measured the absorption, softness and strength of different materials and compared them to ordinary toilet roll.
This week during Science week, we have investigated different types of sick. Our first lesson involved us trying to decide whose sick we had. We had the options: an Ancient Greek civilian, a Tudor civilian or a Word War II solider. We then did a little bit of research on 'what makes us sick?' We then produced a scientific poster looking at micro-organises such as: bacteria, virus and fungi.
We also investigated the best material to make a sick bag. We asked our own question, predicted and observed what would happen to each material once we applied a teaspoon of fake sick. We are now ready to plan our own sick bag.
Year 5 and 6 went on an exciting trip the NEC's Big Bang Science Fair. It was a busy day and a lot of fun was had ranging from speed tunnels racing against Usain Bolt, to RAF planes. We went around the fair in small groups so we were able to take part in all the activities they had to offer. Some Year 6's even got the chance to make a vehicle, where as some Year 5's got their heart and brain function measured.
The winners of our Big Battery Hunt Have been announced.
Congratulations to Class 2 who recycled the most batteries and have earned an extra playtime, and to Kornelia who recycled the most batteries and won her very own science kit.
A recycling bin for batteries will remain in school, so if you do have any batteries that need recycling, please send them into school with your child.
Thank you for your continued support.
Four children in Year 6 attended the Lego competition at RAF Cosford! During the full and fun packed day the children had to build a robot for their first task , which had to have an attachment that allowed it to carry a cup of water over a circuit that was already set out, and each person in the group was observed on their input to the project. During the afternoon and their second task, they had to create a robot that would be good at playing football. After playing many teams, they reached the final and were runners up. The teams were being observed over the day for teamwork, speed, ideas and completing the tasks. When they had finally gathered all the marks at the end of a fun packed day, Palmers Cross Primary were announced the winners.
Well done, we are very proud of you!
Year 4 had an exciting visit from Severn Trent to learn about water use and sewage treatment. We found out how water travels around the water cycle and, in groups, we measured out the water use of different families to identify water savers and water wasters.
Thank you to all Year 4 parents and children that produced such brilliant water cycle projects!
Today Atomic Abbie from Mad Science came to host a 'hands on' science assembly at Palmers Cross. With her she had brought 'Dennis, the fire breathing dragon' who was fantastic! Atomic Abbie showed us several chemistry experiments in her assembly, and will be returning to Palmers on 7.2.17 to host a weekly science club for all our very own mad scientists.
Science club have been learning about reactions by making slime this week.
Nursery have been using their senses to explore the snow.
"It's so cold!" "I can hear it crunchy!" "Everywhere's white"
Reception have been launching rockets. They used a variety of different bottles to make their rockets to see which type of bottle would travel the furthest.The children thought the bigger bottles would travel furthest, but it was the smaller that actually went further. I wonder why?
In science we have also been looking at materials and their properties. This week we have sorted materials according to their properties. When discussing the properties we have been using our scientific language. Angel- 'this glass is see through. We can call it transparent'.
In year 1 our homework project this half term was to build a waterproof boat to rescue Grandpa pig. Everybody has been very busy building and testing their creations.
In Year 2 we have been using our measuring skills to investigate if the tallest child has the largest feet. Our results showed that this is not true.
This week in Science we have been looking into water resistance and the forces that act when a boat moves.
We were also lucky enough to have a Staff Governor Mrs Wadge attend the lesson and take part in a boat race.
We have been looking into reversible and irreversible changes in year 5. We have looked at melting butter and mixing vinegar with bicarbonate of soda to see what changes happen.
We have been also been looking at the different parts of a flower. We have labelled them in our books and then dissected a lily to embed our learning.
Seven Trent came to join us in assembly to talk about looking after our environment by recycling water and saving water.
In partnership with the Woodlands Trust, pupils at Palmers Cross Primary School have been planting a variety of different trees within their school grounds to develop a more eco-friendly environment. Pupils were joined by Mr Derek Brown, the chair of governors at Palmers Cross and Mr Guy Belding from the Woodland Trust to plant over 100 saplings. Pupils will continue to nurture the trees as they grow, taking care of their immediate environment. It is hoped that the area where the trees have been planted will be developed into a forest school, where children will be able to expand their experiences of outdoor learning.