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Science

Look up at the stars, not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder what makes the universe exist. Be curious!

Stephen Hawking

Science is part of everyday life for children at The Rydal Academy; whether its spying a spider weaving an intricate web on the fence, catching blossom on the playground, dipping for tadpoles and newts in our pond or watching the birds feed in our nature garden. We want to nurture that fascination of science alongside children.

 

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eye of a child, there are seven million.”
Walt Streghtiff

Make a volcano. Construct a traffic light circuit. Tour the International Space Station at the Life Centre. Watch butterflies grow from chrysalises. Examine the teeth of animal skulls with an anthropologist. Grow vegetables from seeds. Keep our teacher’s coffee hot for longer. Make a lava lamp. Pet a lamb. Watch mammals’ behaviour in the night on a Mammal Cam. See your organs with virtual imaging. Learn to use a microscope.

These are just some of the exciting science learning experiences you will try at The Rydal Academy.

And always remember….

A scientist is not always the person giving the right answers but the one asking the right questions!

Year 1 and Year 2

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Science. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

Science Learning Journey - Year 1 and 2
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Autumn 1 Homework (Y1)

Watch the video which shows a range of clips throughout the year and talk about what you see. Can you identify the seasons from the clips shown?

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Autumn 2 Homework (Y1)

Can you talk about different body parts and discuss what each sense does?

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Spring 2 Homework (Y1)

Can you find different materials at home to discuss? E.g. plastic, fabric, paper, metal.
What properties can you identify? Is it soft or hard? Is it flexible or rigid? Is it transparent?

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Summer 1 Homework (Y1)

Can you grow any plants at home? Can you discuss what a plant needs to grow?
Also, look out for deciduous and evergreen trees on your journey to school!

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Summer 2 Homework (Y1)

Watch the BBC video of short clips about different animal types. Can you watch them and think of any animals that fit into each category?

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Autumn 1 Homework (Y2)

Watch the BBC video which has a short clip showing what humans need to stay healthy. Can you watch it together and discuss what else you could do to be even healthier?

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Autumn 2 Homework (Y2)

Watch the BBC video clip and discuss what a plant needs to grow? If you can, grow some seeds at home!

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Spring 1 Homework (Y2)

Can you ask us who the material innovators are and what they created? Can you find any materials at home to create a model (e.g. bridge, tower, vehicle)?

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Spring 2 & Summer 1 Homework (Y2)

Play the online game where you can create different food chains. Can you play together at home? Or could you draw some different animal food chains?

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Summer 2 Homework (Y2)

Can you look at the online photos and discuss the families within your family? The video clip highlights some of the changes that you could discuss.

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Seasonal Changes

Children will learn about different types of weather and how they happen. We will visit South Park to spot the signs of spring.

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Animals, including humans - About Me

Children will learn about themselves and their body. We will learn about senses and the basic parts of the human body.

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Uses of Everyday Materials

Children will find out how different materials are used. We will learn about natural and man-made materials, and complete tests to find out if a material is suitable for a task.

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Exploring Everyday Materials

We will learn about the properties of materials we use by carrying out tests and examining different materials.

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Introduction to Plants

Children will learn about the basic parts of a plant, understand what a plant needs to grow and see how they change over time.

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Animals, including humans – About Animal

Children will explore what animals need to grow and how they need to be cared for differently. We will identify fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will also identify carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also have an Animal Encounter visitor!

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Animals, including humans – Diet and Health, My Body

Children will learn how to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle. We will learn the importance of a balanced diet, exercise and taking care of our bodies. Then we will learn the functions of various systems in the body - the digestive system, the nervous system and the circulatory system. We hope to have a visitor come in to talk about the importance of staying healthy.

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Plants – Growth and Care

Children will understand why plants grow as they do. We will also plants bulbs which we will observe later in the year

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Everyday materials

Children will learn about key material innovators such as John McAdam, John Dunlop and Charles Macintosh. We will create models by choosing the most suitable materials.

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Living things and their habitats

Children will discover more about natural habitats and the organisms that live within them. We will explore different habitats and understand how living things are suited to their habitat.

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Animals, including humans – growth

Children will learn about how humans grow and compare this life cycle to other animals (dragonfly and newts). We will also look at how babies grow into adults.

Year 3 and Year 4

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Science. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y3)

Go to the BBC web site link for more information. Can you spot any different types of rock on your journey to school?

The website link has some information about fossils. Can you read it together?

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y3)

Can you make a small ramp at home and test how different objects move? You could use a book and a box to make your ramp.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y3)

Can you look at different family pictures and discuss what characteristics are inherited?

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y3)

Go to the link for the online quiz! Can you complete the quiz together at home?

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y3)

Can you use a torch at home to create different shadows puppets? What happens as you move closer or further away from the wall/torch?

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y4)

From the BBC video, can budding doctors identify the parts of the body that help with digestion and describe their function?

Watch the short video clips to help explain each part of the digestive process.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y4)

You could make chocolate crispy/cornflake cakes together by melting the chocolate and watching it change from a solid to a liquid?

Click the video link to the BBC Good Food web site to see a recipe.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y4)

How many electrical appliances can you find in the house? Watch the BBC video to help you.

Try to find one for each letter of the alphabet.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y4)

Watch the BBC video clips together to find out more.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y4)

What creatures can you find together outside, in a yard, garden, wall, park?

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y4)

Make a homemade instrument by putting rice, pasta or stones in an old cardboard box, tube or plastic tub. Decorate your instrument, could you add ribbons, string, paper curls? What different sounds can you make?

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Rocks

Children will learn about what rocks can be made from and how they can be weathered. We will also observe and classify a range of rocks.

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Forces and magnets

Children will learn all about magnetism, how magnetic fields work and how the Earth is like a magnet. We will also look at how objects move on different surfaces.

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Animals, including humans – What makes us

Children will learn about the skeletal and muscular systems, how our brain makes us act as we do and how we gain our characteristics. We will have a visitor from a Durham University sports’ scientist.

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Plants – Life cycles

Children will learn all about plant life cycles. We will find out how plants make their own plant food and what each part of the flower does. We will also look at pollination and seed dispersal.

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Plants - Exploring the world of plants

Children will look at plants from all over the world, including extraordinary plants and fungi. We will also look at plant reproduction and how we can help to maintain the rainforests.

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Light

Children will discover what light is and how it acts. We will focus on how light travels, reflects and how shadows are formed.

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Animals, including humans – Food and Digestion

We will study the journey of a cheese sandwich through our bodies, learning all the parts of the digestive system on the way.

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States of matter – Solids, liquids and gases

Children will compare, group and observe materials in different states (solid, liquid, gas). Children will experiment with materials by observing how they change when they are heated or cooled. Children will explore this in detail regarding water as ice, liquid or vapour in the water cycle.

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Electricity – circuits, conductors and insulators

Children will investigate how to make a series circuit and learn what electrical components are needed to make a bulb light or a buzzer sound. We will also investigate which materials are good insulators or conductors in an electrical circuit. Insulators do not allow electricity to flow and conductors do allow electricity to flow.

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Classifying Living Things

Children will observe, research and classify living things such as insects, plants, birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. We will also have a visitor from a Durham University Biologist to help us use keys to classify creatures.

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Living things and their habitats – Nature and the Environment

Children will explore different habitats and research how the environment affects these different habitats.

Children will have a visit to Teesmouth.

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Sound

Children will investigate sound and vibrations, how sound is made and how we hear sound through our ears.

Year 5 and Year 6

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Science. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y5)

Watch the BBC video clips together to learn more about outer space.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y5)

Watch the BBC video clips together to learn more about outer forces.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y5)

Click on the link to try this forces quiz together at home.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y5)

Safely heat or burn different foods (marshmallows, bread, chocolate) over a candle and observe the changes. Are they reversible or irreversible? (Discuss matches safety at the same time.)

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y5)

Please follow the link to the online quiz! Can you complete the quiz together at home?

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y5)

Interview an older person in your family about how getting older affects them.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y6)

Click the link to the online eye diagram. Label the eye diagram together using the descriptions.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y6)

Click the link to try the online quiz together at home.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y6)

Click the link to try the online quiz together at home.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y6)

Watch the video and draw and label a diagram of the heart together.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y6)

Watch the helpful BBC videos together about healthy lifestyles.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y6)

Watch the BBC Bitesize videos together for more information.

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Space

Children will learn about the solar system, the planets including Earth, the sun and the moon and how they move in relation to each other creating day and night and the seasons.

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Forces

Children will investigate the forces of gravity, air resistance, water resistance, friction and how gears can change forces.

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Properties of materials

Children will Investigate the properties of solids, liquids and gases, solutions and changes in state.
Use evidence from comparative and fair tests, to investigate the properties of metals, wood and plastic such as magnetism, solubility, flexibility, buoyancy.

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Changes of materials

Children will demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state can be reversible changes through sieving or evaporation. Also, children will explain that some changes such as burning can result in the formation of new materials which is usually irreversible.
Visitor: We will have a visitor from a Durham University chemist.

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Living things and their habitats

Children will describe the differences in the life cycles and reproduction of mammals, amphibians, insects, birds and flowers in different places.
Visitor: Biologist Durham University

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Animals, including humans – The Human Life Cycle

Children will investigate and describe the changes of humans and mammals as they get older and how their needs change.
Visitor: School Nurse

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Light

Recapping on how shadows are made from Y3, children will also investigate how light travels and how objects are seen by the human eye. Children will investigate the way that light behaves, including light sources, reflection and prisms. They should talk about what happens and make predictions.

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Electricity

Children will investigate the components of series circuits and the symbols used for different components.
Children will construct circuits to operate traffic lights or a burglar alarm.

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Living things and their habitats

Children will classify animals, plants and microorganisms according to the animal kingdom groupings. Pupils will observe animals in known habitats and research others in unknown habitats, such as deserts and know where to classify them.

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Animals, including humans – Blood and Transportation – The Heart

Children will identify the circulatory system parts and study the heart and it’s function.

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Animals, including humans and Health

Children will scientifically investigate the effects of drugs, exercise, nutrients and diet on the human body. Pupils will work scientifically by exploring the work of scientists and scientific research about the relationship between these and personal health.
Visitor: Sports’ scientist.
Nurse: Health Talk

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Evolution and inheritance

Children will investigate how living things have evolved, how they vary with inheritance and how they adapt to their environments. Children will look at animal skulls and teeth with a visiting Anthropologist.
Visitor: Anthropologist Durham University