Science

SCIENCE AT THE GROVE

WHY SCIENCE MATTERS ……

 

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein

“What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.” – Isaac Newton

“The important thing is to never stop questioning!” Albert Einstein

“The Science of today is the technology of tomorrow!” Edward Teller

 

These quotes outline the key ethos behind SCIENCE at The Grove. When children leave The Grove, they will be curious, critical thinkers, organized, focused, have good observational and communication skills and be able to form their own opinions. A strong level of knowledge and understanding will built upon in layers in order that they have real mastery and can channel this knowledge and understanding, making it a transferable skill. The Science Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum but is Child Led. Children will ask questions, make predictions, observe, test (including fair testing), and then communicate their findings. This will be achieved through FUN, ENGAGING, PROBLEM SOLVING, DISCOVERY activities that have been planned to meet the needs of, challenge and support individuals. Children will be encouraged to value and get excited by mistakes, to question and challenge validity and develop a strong Growth Mindset. Children will leave with a vocational understanding of how science impacts on real life and their worlds will be open to a life filled with science!

Our full Science curriculum and progression of skills plan for Science are available in school.  Feel free to request a copy.
Creating Habitats in Willow Class
We created our own habitat models based on the plastic animals we have in our classroom.
SCIENCE DAY - YEAR 3 and 4!
We learnt all about ELECTRICITY.  What electricity is.  How to make a circuit.  How to draw circuit diagrams.  Conductors and Insulators.  We investigated our own questions about electrical circuits using Fair Tests.
In Lime Tree Class, we've been finding out about how different vegetables grow.  We had to dig our new potatoes out of the ground and our courgettes grew from a tiny seed in to a huge plant!  Here we are making courgette cakes and enjoying potatoes!
Learning about plants and growing in Willow Class
Year 5 Science!
In science we have been learning all about plant life and pollination. We have drawn scientific diagrams of flowers and used these to label parts of lilies while we dissected the buds.
Year 5 science: investigating properties of materials
Eggbert was being thrown off the terrace!
We investigated properties of different materials to help him made a soft landing and void getting scrambled... We also thought about different forces like gravity and air resistance.
YEAR 3 and 4 SCIENCE DAY
 
ROCKS, SOILS and FOSSILS
We have learnt all about how fossils are formed, different types of rocks and what soils are made of.  We also carried out a FAIR TEST to see which type of SOIL allowed water to flow through the quickest/slowest.
It was all great fun.
YEAR 6 SCIENCE
 
In our science learning we are learning all about the circulatory system and how it works; what better way to learn than getting hands-on with a real set of lungs and heart? We learned so much and will never forget finding the different chambers of the heart and bronchioles within the lungs!
Beech Tree Class have been finding lots of different ways to explore forces. 
In PE they have been finding out how they use pushes and pulls to move both objects and themselves.
Year 3 and 4
SCIENCE DAY
Magnets and Forces
Year 3 and 4 went to visit Plymouth University and took part in a NATURAL HISTORY Lab Discovery session. 
Did you now that that oldest tortoise in the world is called Jonathan and is 186 years old!!
NATIONAL NAVAL COMPETITION
We are very pleased to announce that The Grove won the National Naval Engineering Competition to design a vessel that could rescue 1000 people from perils in the sea.  Commander Benstead visited to present the winning team with their prize and to present a STEM assembly too.
Well done to the winning team.
SCIENCE WEEK 2019
In Year 3 and 4 we held a Science Hands-on Exhibition.  We learnt so much by investigating ourselves...
SEED CHALLENGE
Year 3 and 4 designed, made and tested seed pods to disperse a seed as far away as possible.
YEAR 3 and 4
SCIENCE DAY
CHANGING STATE
The Water Cycle Game
Evaporation and Condensation
Demonstration and Simulation
Beech Tree Class had some very special visitors as part of our science topic Growing and Changing. The chicks and ducklings were 14 days old and we were lucky enough to hold them and find out lots of information about them. One or two of them are going to visit us again later in the term so we can see how they have grown and changed. 
Years 5 and 6 - Chemistry Day
 
In Years 5 and 6 we had an exciting Chemistry day with a Chemistry specialist from a local college. We took part in various experiments with various compounds.
 
Below you can see our experiment adding magnesium to hydrochloric acid - it produced hydrogen, which popped when it came into contact with a lit splint!
 
We also burned different elements to see the different colours produces, just like in fireworks. 
 
Finally you can see us watching magnesium burn - it was so bright we had to look using our peripheral vision!

Year 5 and 6
Art inspired by SPACE and their knowledge about this amazing phenomenon …...
Ken Armstrong's Whizzy Science Assembly to Year 3 and 4.  We now have lots of budding chemists!! 

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