Welcome to the Super Science Update for February 2018. As usual, this is your one-stop shop updates about the great science learning that’s happening across our school and the place to find some discussion points to get some great science talk going on at home. There’s plenty to get you all talking here and, as before, there’s no expectation that any of it is recorded- just get discussing!
EYFS and Year One will be looking at seasonal changes over the coming weeks. The weather should give you plenty to discuss, such as:
Why is it snowing/why has it been snowing?
What happens when the snow hits the ground?
What happens if you bring snow inside?
Will it snow in summer? Why or why not?
Are there any places where it never snows? Why or why not?
Year Two will be looking at animals over the next few weeks, examining how they can be grouped according to shared features. They will also be looking at food chains. You could ask:
How do you know if an animal is a carnivore?
How do you know if an animal is a herbivore?
What different animal families do you know?
What do all cats/birds/fish have in common? How are they different?
The orca is top of the food chain (apex predator; nothing eats it in the wild).
What would happen if there were no orcas?
Year Three will be continuing their learning about forces. So far they’ve been looking at pushes and pulls. In the last update we mentioned that magnets would be part of Year Three’s learning and these questions could get a good discussion going!
What metals are magnetic?
Do magnets work on all metals?
What do people use magnets for?
What would happen if there was no magnetism?
Over the coming weeks Year Four will be learning about sound. You could ask your children:
What is the best medium for sound to travel through (sound must travel in something- a solid, liquid or
What would happen if you were in space and a rocket whizzed past?
What makes the loudest sound on Earth?
Recently Year Five have been learning about forces, with a focus on gravity, friction and air resistance.
Next, they’ll be looking at water resistance. You could ask:
What would sink faster- a bowling ball or a car?
Would these two objects fall in the same way? Why or why not?
Over the next few weeks Year Six will be looking at light. To get discussions going you could ask:
How can humans see in the dark?
Could you see a white cat in a dark room?
What are shadows? How does light affect them?