Science at Summercroft


Super Science Update

There’s so much great science going on across the school, we thought we’d add a new monthly section to the newsletter to keep you updated.

Each month you’ll be able to see what science is going on in different years, and there will also be suggestions for scientific discussions you could have with your child/children at home. A great way to start discussion is with a ‘what if…?’ question and each month we’ll put some of these in the newsletter to get you started, along with some other suggestions. There’s no expectation that the children bring in any of these in but they should make for a great discussion starter at home!


EYFS have been looking at what changes with the arrival of different seasons. They’ve looked in more detail at the changes in Autumn and Winter. You could ask your children:

How are Winter and Summer different?

What happens outside when it gets very cold?

If it snows does the snow always stay on the ground all day?


Year 1 have been labelling the different parts of animals, including humans. They have also been sorting animals into different groups, such as mammals, fish and birds. You could ask:

What would happen if fish didn’t have fins?

What if birds didn’t have beaks?


Year 2 have been learning about what animals need in order to survive. You could ask:

What different kinds of shelters do animals use or make?

What if an animal didn’t have any shelter?


Year 3 have been learning about the different food groups and why it’s important to eat a balanced diet. They started their healthy eating unit by thinking about what would happen if you only ate chocolate for a year. Other questions you could ask include:

What if you only ate carbohydrates for a week?

What about for a month, or a year?

What if you only ate protein for a week?

What about for a month, or a year?


Year 4 have been learning about different states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) and how these can be changed. They’ve also been learning about whether these changes can be reversed, or not. You could ask:

What if all the land ice on Earth melted?


Year 5 have learning about Earth and space. They’ve learnt about the relative sizes of the Earth, sun and moon and also investigated how these move (including orbits and rotation). The children are starting to learn about the order of the planets of our solar system too. You could ask:

What if the Earth stopped spinning?

What would happen if the Earth was closer to the sun?

What if it was further away?


In Year 6 the children have learning about evolution and have been investigating how animals inherit traits from their parents. Some questions you could ask your children to stimulate discussion include:

How do humans adapt to different environments?

What would happen if we didn’t inherit traits from our parents?

What would happen if animals didn’t inherit traits from their parents?



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