Science

I am delighted to inform you that as a result of the hard work and dedication of our pupils, Well Lane Primary has been awarded Terrific Scientific ‘School of Excellence’ status.  This award is supported by the Primary Science Quality Mark and the BBC.

The Children in KS2 have taken part in the BBC Terrific Scientific program throughout the year joining in with live science lessons with schools across the country. This was a great opportunity to develop our science skills as well as collate our results with other schools to compare data.

Look out for this year's Terrific Scientific investigations! 

At Well Lane Primary we follow the Collins Snap Science Scheme of Work.
 
 
This follows the new 2014 curriculum for science and encourages our children to work scientifically to find out about the world around them.
 
The year 1 scientist have been finding out which paper is the best for.....
writing a letter
wrapping a gift
clearing a spill
painting a picture
 
They had great fun finding out.

In Year 5 we have taken part in a live science lesson with the BBC! Over the last couple of weeks we have conducted an experiment to find out how many fungiform papillae we have in our mouths. We have found out that some of our class are super tasters. Mr. Leathers then sent our results to the BBC with the hopes that we would be mentioned during the national live lesson. Ask your child how many fungiform papillae they have!

Year 5 have been testing the different functions of a variety of materials. Following our walk around of the school building we found that there are some areas with poor insulation that need to be addressed as soon as possible! This week we have been testing the best type of bag to carry our shopping. We were measuring the amount the bag would cut into our hands by using play dough and also noting any rips or signs of breaking of the bag. We have found that the best carrier bag is the bag for life due to the materials used to make it.

The year 1 scientists have been using their sense of taste to identify sweet, salty, bitter and sour flavours.
Rocket Science is giving 10,000 UK schools the opportunity to engage their pupils in a UK-wide live science experiment to contribute to our knowledge of growing plants in space. After participating in a classroom experiment in May and June 2016, pupils will be asked to enter their results in a bespoke microsite so that results from schools across the nation can be collated and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

Two kilograms of rocket (Eruca sativa) seeds were launched on Soyuz 44S on 02 September 2015 with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his crew, arriving on the International Space Station (ISS) two days later. British ESA astronaut Tim Peake will take charge of the seeds while on the ISS for his Principia mission starting in December. After being held for about six months in microgravity, the seeds will be returned to Earth with astronaut Scott Kelly, currently planned for March 2016.

Once the seeds have returned they will then be distributed to schools signed up to the project. Each participating school will receive 100 seeds that have been on the ISS and 100 seeds that have remained on Earth. The seed packets will be colour coded, however schools will not be told which packet contains which seeds until national results have been published. 
 
Well Lane Primary School received their seeds on Monday 18th April and have followed the instructions and carefully planted each tiny seed. Over the next few weeks we will be observing and recording their growth, some children have already made predictions and we are all very excited to see what happens......
The scientists in year 1 have been finding out about different animals, they have even set up a womery in their classroom!
The worms have inspired a lot of writing from poems to non-chronological reports. 
In our science lesson about animals we looked closely at a herring. We used our senses to find out about the animal. Somw of us had never been so close to a fish before and were amazed by the delicate scales. We found out that fish have eyes and a mouth like humans but need gills to help them breathe in the water. Some of us looked at the fish under the magnifier which was very interesting.
 
" it's skin is so smooth" ( Callum)
" It's very bendy so it can swim well" ( Jack)
" Oh look its got a tounge" ( Amelia)
" It's eyes never close do they?" ( Leon)
A Chester Zoo ranger came into school to talk with the children about nocturnal animals. She had lots of exciting things for the children to look at including porcupine needles, bat fur and a stuffed barn owl. It was a really fun and interesting afternoon and the children learned lots of new animal facts.
Which material would make the best raincoat for teddy?
Year 3 have been learning about fossils.  We discussed what they thought fossils were, where they came from, and how we discover them.  Then we began to make our own!
Year 4 - Living Things
As part of our living things topic, the children went outside into the eco garden to complete an invertebrate hunt. This involved using classification keys to identify the creatures that they could see. 
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Electricity
Year 4 investigated how to light a light bulb. They were given 2 wires, a bulb and a range of batteries and asked to light the bulb. All of the groups successfully lit their bulbs and some managed to light three bulbs at once!
In Year 3 we are learning about forces in our science lessons. Today we learnt that a magnet has two poles, a North pole and a South pole. By studying the magnets we learnt that two matching poles would repel one another while two opposite poles would attract. 
The year 1 children have been naming and labeling body parts. Outside on the playground they drew around each other then worked together to label as many body parts as they could.
After learning our Power of Reading Rhyme Incy Wincy Spider  F2  went on a spider hunt to our school ECO garden.
In Year 2, we have been learning about animals including humans.  We learnt about the importance of  healthy eating during our visit to Tesco and have been investigating the changes exercise has on our bodies.  As well as learning more about our own bodies, we learnt about the basic needs of other animals and even carried out a survey about the most popular pets in our class.
In Year 3 we have been studying light. We photographed our shadows at different times of the day to show how they changed throughout the day.

During our ‘Marvelous Mixtures’ topic, Year 5 have been trying to separate a variety of materials by making sieves, using magnets and even created an experiment to get fresh water when lost on a deserted island. We have focused on the materials that dissolve and the reasons for this, evaporation and reversible and non-reversible changes of state. During this time we have conducted lots of experiments and thoroughly enjoyed this topic!

In Year 5 we have been learning how to brush our teeth, correctly! Each member of the class received a toothbrush and we discussed the importance of brushing our teeth correctly. We will be sure to keep on checking that the class is brushing their teeth at least twice a day!

I love science!
I love finding out about things...maybe I could be a scientist! ( Michael year 3)
 
 
I like it when we go outside and look at the weather. ( Jacob Yr1)
 
I like finding out about things, it's really interesting! ( Kieran  Y4)
 
Science lessons are always interesting. ( Sasha year 2)
 
We made blood soup in science it was really cool ( year 6)
 
In Science in Year 3 we have been investigating forces. We took out small windmills to see how the wind works. We investigated if the location of the windmill changed how fast the wheel spun.
In Science Year 3 have been testing the strength of magnets. We asked, "Is the largest magnet always the most powerful?", the results were surprising! 
In Year 2 we have been investigating different materials.  
We described the properties of the materials and played 'What am I?' to see if the rest of the class could guess the mystery object.
Year 2 used PicCollage during their Science lesson to show different types of movement including bending, twisting and stretching.
Are all trees the same?
 
We measured the thickness of the trunks, looked at the leaves and compared their height ( spot Dylan standing next to the trees as a comparison). We discovered that trees are not all the same.
BREAKING NEWS 
Four days after planting the space seeds the first shoots have started to appear. We will now wait and see which seed gets it's first true leaves......watch this space.
In Foundation 1 we have been learning about Autumn.
We have been on an Autumn Treasure Hunt, sorted clothes and looked at autumn vegetables.
Year 6 have completed a pulse rate experiment.
We measured Kenzie's heart rate when resting, just after walking for 3 minutes and after running for 3 minutes. We discussed how to make sure it was accurate and decided to use Miss McCombs' fit bit watch, which records your pulse rate. Poor Kenzie thinks we should run for less time if we were to repeat the experiment again. 
17th October 2017