YEAR 1Seasonal Changes
Year 1 enjoyed going on a walk around the school grounds and local area looking for signs of Autumn. They will repeat this looking for signs of winter, spring and summer as the year progresses so that they can see changes over time.
What are things made from?
As a part of their materials topic, Year 1 children did a lot of identifying and classifying. They compared and classified objects according to what materials they were made from (such as fabric, plastic, paper, wood, metal).
They also classified materials according to their physical properties (such as opaque, transparent, smooth/rough, rigid/flexible) and attempted to distinguish between natural and man-made materials, grouping them accordingly. Always ready to enjoy some wet play, the children also really enjoyed carrying out a comparative test to investigate which objects would float and which would sink.
Plants – What are they?
The children in Year 1 identified the basic structure and functions of a plant and are working towards identifying and naming a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.
YEAR 2How do we choose materials? Can we change materials?
Identifying and classifying skills were put to the test in Year 2 when they had to group objects according to the material they were made from (i.e. metal, plastic, wood, fabric). They then had to identify materials and their uses (e.g. glass is used for windows because it is transparent). The children found it funny to think which materials are used in a range of household objects and why (e.g. a teapot can be made of metal because it is strong but not chocolate because it would melt). They put their investigative skills to the test when they were set challenges to find the best material to fix Aunt Stella’s umbrella and the best material for a teabag.
What is alive?
Identifying and classifying came up again when the children had to classify things as living vs. dead. They identified different habitats and how they provide for the basic needs of the animals which live in them and they really enjoyed getting out and exploring the school grounds, identifying the plants and animals found in the different habitats.
YEAR 3Are all rocks the same?
Our Year 3 children compared and grouped different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. They then went on to carry out a range of tests to see which rock would be best suited to build steps outside. They learnt about the different types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic) and how fossils are made. They compared the composition of different soils as well as carrying out a comparative test to see which type of soil drained water through the quickest. Year 3 also researched the life of Mary Anning, putting their English skills to good use in writing some amazing biographies about her.
What can magnets do? How do things move?
Who doesn’t love playing with magnets? And that’s certainly true of our Year 3 children who really enjoyed getting to grips with the basics of how magnets work, what they are used for and whether they will attract or repel each other based on the orientation of the poles. They identified and classified materials as magnetic or not and did some pattern seeking to investigate whether bigger magnets are stronger. Following their work on magnets, the children looked at other forces, including comparing how things move on different surfaces.