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

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  • The 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

  • St. Crispin’s Skate Park.
  • 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 or 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?

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 –  Holt Copse

Animals including Humans

  • The Cole Museum
  • 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 Space

Forces

  • The 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 

  • Berkshire farms to visit – 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 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 sun cream?
  • 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

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Science Club Year 6 Bulmershe School