‘It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree – make
sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and
big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is
nothing for them to hang on to.’
At St. Cecilia’s we believe that teaching and learning in Science should stimulate and excite children’s curiosity about the world they live in.
Science is taught following the year specific milestones (drawn from the National Curriculum programme of studies) and through our question-based planning. We think that Science is exciting and we provide children with the first-hand experiences in order to develop enquiring minds, learning how to question and talk about science using a rich varied scientific vocabulary.
When teaching science at St Cecilia’s we want our children to look at the world as a scientist, which means:
To ask questions about the world they live in and to make simple predictions about what might happen if…
To be able to use observations to sort and measure things.
To record their findings in drawings, words, tables and charts.
To say why certain things happened and to give reason for their results.
To have a working knowledge of science so that they can apply it to everyday life.
To make use of ICT, writing, reading and maths skills in their investigations.
To learn to carry out investigations safely.
To develop independence working scientifically.
What our pupil's think about science at St Cecilia's.
Darcy - "I really like science, it's fun to investigate and find things out!"
You can find out what we are up to by visiting out Twitter page @StCeciliascjs
And search for the following hashtags;
Children in year 3 have been following the process to recreate fossils. It’s a process that takes millions of years. We used dinosaur toys to create ours.
Year 3 Nature Walk #StCeciliasSTEM
Year 3 went on a nature walk, an activity from British Science Week. We searched for animals, insects and plants, making careful observations and drew or wrote what we saw. We have been celebrating all thing STEM!
Science Home Learning Challenges
Welcome to the science page, below we will post challenges for you to complete during home learning. There will be a range of ideas and activities for you to complete. You do just what you can. Then you can email your responses to the challenges to email@example.com and put your teacher's name and class name in the subject box.
Good luck and have fun!
Science Challenge 6
You will have a noticed a Writing Challenge linked to keeping physically fit and healthy. As part of keeping healthy you have to maintain a balanced diet. That's where science comes in.
This challenge is all about nutrition in our diet and finding that balance. There are lots of activities below linked to food nutrition and recipe ideas. There is lots to explore and discover.
Firstly, use the 'Meal Fact Cards Activity' below to think about where in the world these meals come from. Research them, make an educated guess, for example you may know that rice is a very popular dish in China, therefore a meal containing mainly rice may come from Asia.
Here is a map of the continents to help you too.
Once you have completed this task you then need to start putting together a meal for a footballer or another sports star. You will need to consider the nutritional value of the food. Often sport stars need lots of carbohydrates for energy and protein to help muscle growth. Use the 'Eat Well Guide' to help you out.
Don't forget to drink plenty too, you could use the survey attached below to see how much fluid you take in one day!
Send your teacher your work by emailing it in to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing your ideas!
You can also access a video on world food by clicking here or accessing the link to Premier League Primary Stars below.
Science Challenge 5
This week's challenges (8th June) have been all to do with reducing plastic pollution and saving our oceans.
Firstly, you should check out the YouTube video below from Maddie Moates and Greg Foot who have a great channel with lots of videos on the ocean.
Here's a great song all about the plastic problem in our oceans too.
So, why not make a pledge to save our oceans and reduce your plastic waste. Look at the activities below for some inspiration.
Also, have a go at making your very own water cycle. The water in our world in ancient, it's the same water the dinosaurs splashed about in! There are some guides below to making your own water cycle and also worksheets to try.
Watch the video for the cycle in a song, some of you may recognise it!
Science Challenge 4
Do you remember when a scientist visited our school?
The Scouse Scientist has a YouTube channel now and is making videos for activities for you to try at home! There are lots of interesting ideas, including one all about DNA!
Check it out!
Science Challenge 3
This challenge relates to the human body. The STEM learning website has great lessons on the human body. You should visit the lessons on the teeth as there is going to be a science challenge linked to this learning.
The worksheets to go with the video are below too. Download and print these first if you can. Don't worry if not, you can just use pencil and paper.
Once you have visited the learning lessons have a go at making a digestive system, Year 4 could try to recreate their lesson from school! Do you remember which one?
Science Challenge 2
This challenge was learning about the human body. This is inspired by Abigail from Year 3. She has created ten questions that have been turned into a Kahoot quiz for you to try! We know you love your quizzes!
The results of the quiz are in the link below. Well done to everyone who took part!
Science Challenge 1
This week's challenge is to create a shadow puppet theatre and investigate light and shadows.
The topic this week is light. A science topic for Year 3 and Year 6 but of course any year can try this challenge. We want to see you all take part in the challenge!
You can follow the make it challenge on Maddie's YouTube page in the link is below.
There will also be some examples posted below for you to check out.
Email in what you have made and learnt to the teacher's email address - email@example.com
Put your teacher's name and class in the subject box.
Science Learning from Home Gallery
Browse through these photos of children's work completed at home.