Whilst at home, why not have a go at practicing your science skills and work like a scientist? Science is everywhere you look and great science inventions and ideas often start at home! Remember to tweet your science work @sheringhamPS #sciencefromhome
Below are a few activities you can do at home with an adult, older sibling or on your own. This page will be updated regularly, so make sure you come back in a few weeks where there will be new activities!
Find out more: Learn more about the science behind rainbows, check out this website.
Exploring Space- Astro Fun!
As the days are getting longer and the skies are clearer, this is the perfect time to start exploring space and the night sky! What do you think an astronaut can see when he peeks out from his window? How does an astronaut drink water in space? Watch this video by #cosmicclassroom where they got to interview Tim Peake whilst he was aboard the International Space Station. Enjoy watching this video with your family members where you might have a giggle at what Tim does whilst in his spacecraft.
Do some research on Tim Peake.
- Who is he and is he the only British astronaut who has made it into space?
- What other famous British astronauts are there?
- What questions would you like to ask Tim or another astronaut who is in space?
Planets- observe the Night Sky
Did you know you can see parts of space from your back garden, your balcony or by looking out of your window? Just the other day, Ms Begum saw the planet Venus twinkling in the sky- chances are, you probably saw it too! It was the only twinkling ‘star’ in the sky!
Task: Have a look out of your window tonight, around/during sunset. What do you observe in the night sky? Use this table of information below to guide you through the night sky in the coming days:
Over the moon
Look upwards tonight after the sun has set and look at what phase the moon is in. Why not make a daily moon diary and draw each phase (stage) of the moon each night? When do you predict the next new moon will be?
To learn more about the moon watch this video and then make a poster on what you have learnt.
Dig deeper- Years 5 & 6: Why not find out why the moon is important?
Which religion/s make special observances of the moon? Why?
What would our planet be like if the moon didn’t exist?
Why science is important
We want Sheringham children to be excellent scientists who are excited to explore and question the ever-changing world around them. With rapidly increasing numbers of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) experts needed to improve our world and take it effectively and safely into the future, it is vital that we provide children with both the foundation of knowledge and the curiosity needed to succeed in future scientific education and careers.
How our science curriculum is designed
Our curriculum is informed by the National Curriculum and enhanced by subject expertise held within Sheringham and the Learning in Harmony Trust, as well as local opportunities and current events.
Science is taught in longer topics spanning several weeks, several times a year. This approach has been designed to give children the opportunity to become immersed in a unit, deepen their knowledge and understanding, and identify their own lines of enquiry and investigation.
How children learn in science
Sheringham Scientists will :
- Develop a love of science through an exciting, interactive curriculum.
- Explore their local environment to learn more about the world around us.
- Participate in many practical investigations and workshops, such as exploring the human digestive system, testing gravity and other forces, growing plants and cultivating mould!
- Ask questions, identifying lines of enquiry to be researched and investigated.
- Visit The Science Museum and local science fairs.
- Showcase their learning through presentations, webpages and science fairs.
- Find out about careers within science, listening to speakers from the STEM industries and seeing real scientists at work.