Science

 

Year 3

Rocks – Take a walk around Wokingham town centre – look at the houses/walls/buildings Can you identify which rocks/stone they are made from? What properties do they have? Can you find examples of slate? limestone? granite? sandstone?

Fossils – collection at https://www.reading.ac.uk/colemuseum/about/clmu-about.aspx  and https://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/search/node/fossils  Visit either/both museums and check out their fossil collections – They are free!

Light - https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/leisure-services/look-out-discovery-centre -Have some colourful fun with Optimusic - step on the colour beams as fast as you can. Capture your silhouette in the shadow box or play a tune with laser beams.

Forces - https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/pictures-from-st-crispins-skate-park-in-wokingham/ Visit the skate park – Look at forces/ think about friction – why do people wear helmets and knee pads? Do the size of the wheels impact the speed? How could you find out? If empty try experiments using toy cars/similar down the slopes – take a timer. What could you test?

Plants – Go to the supermarket – Visit the fruit and vegetable department – Chose 10 and find out what part of the plant it come from – e.g Rhubarb is the stem ( the leaves are poison). Look up what the whole plant looks like. Grow plants and plant seeds – either in a garden, allotment or window box. Visit the Wokingham allotments – which part of the plant can you see? Where is the fruit or vegetable ( if carrot under the ground). Did you know that potatoes grow? https://www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/services/allotments

 

Year 4

Living things and their Habitats – Take a walk through Reading University – look at the habitats and the animals that live there – It could be the lake or it could be under a log – habitats can be big or small. Can you find the fox holes? What makes this habitat ideal for these animals. Other habitat study areas - Dinton pastures - http://dintonpastures.co.uk/history-of-dinton-pastures Holt Copse - http://www.hccv.org.uk/

Animals including Humans – https://www.reading.ac.uk/colemuseum/  Look at the skulls – Do you think these animals were carnivores, omnivores or herbivores. How can you tell?

State of Matter – Cook, cook and cook – Make chocolate rice cakes – how does the chocolate change state? Make bread – How does it rise? Make your own butter – MERL do a session once a year. Burn some toast – what has happened?

 

Year 5

Earth and Spacehttp://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-current.html  - This astrological calendar of celestial events contains dates for moon phases, meteor showers, eclipses and other interesting events; most can be seen with the naked eye. http://wheretogoinberkshire.co.uk/dark-skies-of-berkshire/

Forces - https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/leisure-services/look-out-discovery-centre  -Launch a hydrogen rocket or send a huge hot air balloon skyward. See the world suspended mid-air by our Bernoulli blower.

Animals including Humans - https://www.getreading.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/seven-brilliant-berkshire-farms-visit-11056596 Visit a farm - How do animals change over time – Are they hatched from an egg or are they born live young. Does their mother feed them milk? Visit Pets at home – look at the food for reptiles ( look at the reptiles – why is their enclosure heated?) – what can you see about the life cycle of mealworm and locust? How is it different? Can you think of other examples?

Materials – Go to Lush https://uk.lush.com/  look at the solids and liquids – ask how they are made – what gives the jelly-like shower gel its thick consistency? Which properties do they have? Can you make your own natural suncream? How will you find out the best ingredients? How could you test it with shop brought products?

Year 6

Habitats/Classification -Visit a pet shop – look at the animals – find out about their natural habitat – How are they adapted to their natural habitat? Go to a gardening centre – look at the different plants especially cactus – How are they adapted to their natural habitat?

Electricity – Take apart old unwanted electrical toys with lights and sounds – Can you name the components? Can you see the circuit? Can you find resistors? What do they do? Can you draw the electrical appliance using symbols?

Animals including Humans - http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/get-involved/medical-museum.htm

Light - https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/what-was-on/light-fantastic-adventures-science-light

Science Club Year 6 Bulmershe School – Bulmershe school do a six week club (this year starting November 7th for six weeks but repeated in the spring. http://www.thebulmersheschool.com/NewsArticle.aspx?NewsID=520 Including heart dissections.