Welcome to Early Years Science in 2018!
My name is Eve Sage and I am excited to be teaching Science to our Reception, Years 1 and 2 Students. Science is such a stimulating curriculum area to focus and nurture children’s natural curiosity in the world around them. It is also a subject that lends itself easily to an Inquiry hands on approach, incorporating STEM, allowing children to experiment, question, explore changes within the parameters of their investigations and draw conclusions based on their findings.
Luckily for us, in Term 2 we were fortunate to have a lot of fine weather to explore the Earth and Space Sciences Units. We had some wonderful experiences experimenting with water and soil, the elements of weather and why our landscapes keep changing. For the rest of Term 2 and for half of Term 3, our Strand of Science will concentrate on Materials. Receptions will be investigating the observable properties of materials, Year 1’s will continue this theme exploring how materials can be changed and Year 2 students will determine how materials can be combined to suit a particular purpose.
For a more detailed overview of content at each Year Level, click on the links below and for photos, keep scrolling!
Year 2 – Researching water sources at school – how full is that water tank?
Year 2 – Investigating the bore water shed – Recording water sources
Year 2 – Modelling a bore water pump
Receptions learning to use a thermometer – testing warm water and cool water
Receptions – testing how far cars roll on different surfaces according to the friction exerted by the surfaces
Receptions testing how long different types of balls can bounce – why is this?
Year 1 – Feeling the vibrations that make sound
Year 1 – Seeing the vibrations of the sound waves as the sprinkles jump in the air
Year 1 – Listening to the pitch made by shaking different sized objects in cups
Year 2 – Testing the buoyance of water
Year 2 – Testing different materials to see what floats – why do some materials float?
Year 2 – Testing which balls bounce highest and measuring using informal measurements
Year 2 – Investigating how to make a parachute stay in the air longer – air resistance
Year 2 – Success!
Below are some photos from late 2017 when we had some extra time to investigate science concepts outside the curriculum. The first 2 photos involve Reception students and the concept of Surface Tension. Water molecules love each other, but what happens when we add detergent to break the molecules apart?
Students exploring the animal life in our Native Garden
Year 2 Students constructing a box needed to house a silk worm according to a set criteria and the silk worm!
Year 3 Students also investigating Surface Tension creating a meniscus on a 5 cent coin – how many drops?