Exploring and enjoying science with your child at home
Learning about the world through science activities helps children to see that science is 'for' them and can lead on to science based further education and employment in the future.
These websites have some super investigations to try at home with your child. Not only will you be supporting their learning, you will have lots of fun too. Please let us know about anything that you do try at home.
The Kitchen Pantry Scientist
Experimental, from the Royal Institute
Royal Society of Chemistry – kitchen chemistry
Science Parent Events
Science Trips and Activities
We have been lucky enough to borrow a set of microscopes from RMS. We have the microscopes for a term and every class will be using them to enhance the children's learning in science.
Year 4 explored the materials that came with the microscopes, looking at the objects through a magnifying glass and then appreciating the difference through the microscope. Locating the sting on the bee was a very popular task.
What's inside a light bulb?
The microscopes were very useful in helping the children in Year 4 to clearly see the filament inside a light bulb. This helped them to understand where the current goes when it gets to the bulb.
Year 4 visited Techniquest to enhance their science learning this term. It was great fun exploring the activities but it also gave the children the opportunity to reflect on their knowledge and make connections within new contexts.
Year 2 and Year 3 visited Bristol Zoo to support their learning about Animals
Year 3 and Year 2 were very lucky to go to Bristol Zoo, we travelled by coach and Mrs Parker even taught the children a song on the coach. When we arrived we had a fantastic workshop all about the Rainforest. The children learnt lots of new facts all about the Rainforest and the different animals that live there. They even had the opportunity to hold a hissing cockroach, touch a stick insect and a rainbow snake. The children were extremely brave when holding and touching the animals. After our workshop we had a wonder around the zoo where we saw many new animals we may of not seen of known about before. The children were very excited to learn new facts. We stopped for lunch and then after we went to explore more of the zoo, where we learnt all about lemurs and even saw a lion up close. The children were amazed at how big the lions mouth was when he did a big yawn.
Have a look at the Year 3 class pages for lots of photographs of their trip.