Nurturing our Curious Young Scientists

12th January 2022

Children are naturally curious. At Primary level, science should nurture this curiosity and allow them to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions. 

Primary science helps pupils to:

  • investigate problems 
  • learn how science works
  • discover why science matters in the world. 
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. - Carl Sagan
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Year 1/2 kicked off their new term with an investigative session on habitats. Presented with different animals, the children researched and found what kind of habitat each of the animals would live in and were then tasked with creating that habitat using the resources around them. They successfully created the ocean, desert, savannah, jungle, and polar habitats. Over the coming weeks they will be completing their own home project, digging deeper and finding out why certain animals thrive and survive in certain habitats and the adaptations they make. We have a full team of budding zoologists on our hands in BISA!

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From zoology to chemistry - this week Year 3 were looking at the three different states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. They used boiling water and a mirror to observe the steam rising as a gas. They noticed the droplets of condensation around the top of the glass, measured the solid ice melt into a liquid and measured the evaporation that took place in the heat of the sun throughout the day.

Meanwhile, in Year 5 they are learning how to compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties. They looked at describing some of these materials using proper scientific vocabulary such as; insulating, magnetic, hard, transparent, flexible, permeable. As a class, they are excitedly looking forward to experimenting and classifying more materials and finding out why they have been used for specific everyday items with regard to their properties.

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On to the geologists in Year 3! Their topic 'Beneath Our Feet' takes them on a fascinating line of enquiry into the elements that make up our amazing planet. Investigating different rocks and soils, how volcanoes are formed and even looking at fossilisation, our Year 3 students will be experts in no time!

Not to be outdone, Year 6 are becoming physicists this term as they look at insulation and thermal conductors. We can't wait to see your investigations!

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