Science

What does Science look like at Dale Hall?

Science Education in the Primary School is about developing an understanding of and making sense of our environment, primarily through experience, exploration and interaction with scientific phenomena.

The purpose of gaining this understanding is to enable pupils to take responsibility for their role in the maintenance of a healthy life and the creation of a safe environment; not only for the benefit of themselves but also for fellow human beings, animals and plants in our world.

Working scientifically in the Primary School extends and enhances a child’s natural curiosity and we encourage children to ask scientific questions about the world around them.  Children are given opportunities to predict, observe, record and draw conclusions in experiments and investigations to nurture inquisitiveness.

We love learning scientifically here!

Mrs. Ross (Currently on maternity leave) and Mrs. Hines

This is how we ensure progression in scientific skills throughout the school and the topics we teach at Dale Hall.
We are really proud of all the exciting science taking place inside and outside of the classrooms at Dale Hall. Here is a small selection of what we have been doing. 
Year 6 Science
Spring term
We have been investigating “Light.”  We have been finding out how it travels, what it does and how we see things.

Autumn term 

We have been describing how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences particularly focusing on plants, animals and micro-organisms. We have planned a scientific investigation to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.
Year 5 Science

Spring term

We have been finding out about “Living things and their habitats.” We have been describing the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. We have also been describing the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. 

Autumn Term
We have been comparing and grouping materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We have been observing that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and finding out the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C). We have been identifying the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associating the rate of evaporation with temperature.
Year 4 Science
Spring term
We have been describing the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. We have been exploring and using classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in our local and wider environment.
 
Autumn term
We have been looking at a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
Year 3 Science
Spring term
We have been looking at “Rocks and light.” We have been comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of appearance and simple physical properties. We have been describing in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock. We have been recognising that soils are made from rocks and organic matter. We have been recognising that we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. We have been developing our understanding that light can be changed though different filters. We can recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eye. We have been recognising that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. We have been finding patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change.
 
Autumn term
We have been comparing how things move on different surfaces. We have noticed that some forces need contact between two objects (push/pull), but magnetic forces can act at a distance. We have been observing how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. We have been comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identifying some magnetic materials. We can describe magnets as having two poles and predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.
Year 2 Science
Spring term
We have been looking at “Materials.” We have been identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials and helping Grandma (George’s marvelous medicine) to recycle.
 
Autumn term
We have been noticing that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. We have linked life cycles to our Power of Reading book. 
Year 1 Science
Spring term
We have been looking at “Materials.” We have been making distinctions between an object and the material from which it is made. We have been identifying and naming a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock. We have been describing, comparing and grouping the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials using scientific vocabulary. (hard/soft; stretchy/stiff; shiny/dull; rough/smooth; bendy/not bendy; waterproof/not waterproof; absorbent/not absorbent; opaque/transparent.)
 
Autumn term
We have identified, named, drawn and labeled the basic parts of the human body (including head, neck, arms, elbows, legs, knees, face, ears, eyes, hair, mouth, teeth) and can say which part of the body is associated with each sense. We have investigated the five senses thoroughly. We have also been observing changes across the seasons.
Reception Science
Spring term
The children have been making observations about animals and plants and have been explaining why some things occur. They have also been talking about changes.
 
Autumn term
We have been talking about some of the things we have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects. We have been develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time by looking closely at tomatoes grown on the plants in our outdoor area.
 
Science Week 2019- 'Hive Detectives'
We were buzzing with excitement!
Our Science Week Fancy dress winners!
 
We won a butterfly house we can decorate and put together in our gardens at home.
 
Reception: Imogen
Year 1: George
Year 2: Noah
Year 3: Hazel
Year 4: Scarlett
Year 5: Charlie
Year 6: Poppy