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We have a designated Science area which allows the children to investigate, explore, learn and have fun. This introduces all areas of the Science curriculum that children will encounter at Key Stage One, when they start school.

 

Children will be introduced to the following concepts:

Science

Water Play

Playing with, tipping and pouring water from one container to another helps to develop muscular strength and hand-eye co-ordination. Children also begin to understand the principle of conservation as they discover that the same quantity of water can fill containers of many different shapes. As they tip and pour, they also learn to think in terms of full and halffull, more and less. Children can investigate the behaviour of objects placed in water; the concept of floating and sinking.

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Air

There are activities specifically designed to consider how air can be moved by natural or manmade forces. Children will begin to understand the world around them and how it is affected by air. It will build skills and processes that are used during Physics at a later age and will help with problem solving more abstract questions. Understanding the Science of Air is an excellent lesson in itself, it will help children understand the properties of air and will open up opportunities to learn about related scientific topics, such as gravity, weather and eco-conscious topics.

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Sounds and Music

Learning how sounds are sent and received by our ears. Children can participate in activities to investigate sound. Children love rhythm, dance and singing, and helping your child to experiment with songs and rhymes develops many skills, such as:

•  Listening carefully

•  Understanding more about language by hearing and responding

•  Repeating key phrases and anticipating the next line of a well-loved song develops memory

 

By singing their favourite songs, nursery rhymes or making up their own tunes, all adds to their enjoyment.

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Materials

Children will be encouraged to sort materials by their properties, their forms and their uses. This will demonstrate that objects are made of parts. They will examine and describe objects according to the materials that make up the object (e.g., wood, metal, plastic and cloth) and sort objects by one or more properties (e.g., size, colour and shape). This activity will develop their understanding of the world around them, as well a vocabulary.

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Solar System

There is a dedicated wall theme to help children understand the concept of the solar system, the earth and the universe. Our Solar System is an exciting place, it is full of planets, moons, asteroids, comets and many other exciting objects. Children love learning about outer space, the sun and the other planets orbiting it.

Light

Children will investigate where light comes from and where it goes with activities looking at its effects on objects and living things, for example the effects on plants and the process of photosynthesis. Moving a light source closer to an object can make its shadow grow larger while moving the light source away can have the opposite effect. They will be able to experiment and see what happens to the shadows of different objects when you tilt the light source or change its brightness and what happens to the shadow if the light source is dim.

 

They will head outside and see how sunlight creates shadows with various objects such as trees, houses and cars. Learn how the sun's position in the sky effects the size of shadows. Even the moon can create shadows when it reflects light from the sun.

Plant and Life Cycles

Children will investigate the life cycles of plants and what we use them for, with activities based indoors and outdoors. Planting a variety of seeds and bulbs helps them notice similarities and differences among plants. Children will grow seeds and bulbs both in soil and glass jars, so they can watch the seedlings as they grow.

 

The seeds and bulbs used in these activities grow quickly, giving children plenty to observe. After the seeds and bulbs have sprouted, some will be placed in dark cold spots whilst the others in warm sunnier spots, so the seedlings can continue to grow. These different set-ups let children explore what plants need to grow. The amount of time it takes for a seed or bulb to sprout varies. This introduces the concept of photosynthesis and how light and temperature can affect the rate of growth of plants.

Magnetism

Learning about magnets is great fun. Push comes to pull as children investigate magnetism and forces. Children love to explore with magnets. Magnets are one of those magical toys because they are intriguing, yet easy to master. They will develop a variety of skills in active, hands-on learning activities, where they can begin to learn how magnets work. As magnetic force is not visible, letting young children explore the concepts of magnets is a great way to introduce the idea of the nature of science.