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Science

In Science, we aim to inspire and foster children’s natural curiosity and interest in the world around them. We develop children’s scientific knowledge and understanding of this world through encouraging them to question, involving them in practical investigations and teacher led demonstrations. Children are encouraged to record the results and to draw upon them to reach scientific conclusions. During their time at the school, the children are introduced to many scientific concepts and skills which together will encourage them to develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problem-solving.

Science is taught progressively allowing children to make links from year to year in their investigations and enquiry of the sections of the National Curriculum: Living Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes.

Each year the whole school comes together to celebrate science during Science Week, where children’s enthusiasm for the subject will be further stimulated through fun, practical and hands on science activities.

 

Exploding rockets, rainbows in jars, escaping from the ice and making parachutes can only mean one thing………

 

Science Week at West Acton!

 

The theme for this year’s British Science Week was ‘Exploration and Discovery’. We celebrated it from the 12th-16th March. As part of this our students took part in many science activities that enhanced their understanding of science. Some experiments worked and others were less successful, but that’s science!

 

Nursery watched liquid dance! They decided to take gooey play to the next level. They used corn starch and water to make Oobleck and tried to make it dance using sound waves.

 

Reception found a small figure trapped inside a block of ice! How did they help it escape its icy prison? They discovered the properties of water and that it can freeze and melt.

 

Year 2 tested whether materials are flexible, rigid, stretchy, squishy, elastic or stiff. They experimented with rulers, glue, rubbers and teddies.

 

Year 4 made slime with cornflour and learnt that some substances sometimes just cannot make up their mind whether they are a liquid or a solid!

 

Year 5 investigated air resistance where the students made parachutes out of plastic bags. At the end of the day they all tested their parachutes to see which had the most air resistance. 

 

Year 6 investigated shadows to see if they can affect the size of a shadow. They discovered how shadows become larger and smaller dependent on how close it is to the light source.

 

There was such a buzz around school as the students, staff and volunteers immersed themselves in all things science. We learned about how to draw conclusions from experiments, how to improve things when something has not worked so well and how to write up scientific conclusions. 

 

 Miss Whittaker, Science Co-ordinator