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.
For a more detailed overview of content at each Year Level, click on the links below and for photos, keep scrolling!
Year 2’s Making first observations of their Silk Worms
Receptions using their senses to describe what is in the box
Receptions deciding what is wanted and what is needed
Year 1’s Observing small invertebrates in the Nature Play Garden
Making beeswax sandwich covers as an alternative to plastic – first we grate the bees wax onto material
Next we even out the wax and put into the oven
Then we cool it down to make it go hard
Year 1 Recreating their own digestive system – adding food to the stomach and churning
Then through to the small intestine where the juices flow to the bloodstream
Lastly through to the large intestine and out!!
Receptions recreating a working stomach and then straining out the fibre
Receptions and Year 1’s participating in working a big digestive system
Fibre moves to the large intestine
Year 2 – Mixing materials to remove stains
Year 2 – Mixing materials to make scones
Year 2 – What happens when we mix Plaster of Paris and water – testing ratios
Year 1 – Making a tower that will hold a Kinder Surprise – comparing the properties of cooked and uncooked spaghetti
Year 2 – Investigating dissolving, suspension, sedimentation when mixing materials with water
Receptions – What material is waterproof?
Year 1 – Investigating the properties of cooked spaghetti
Year 1 – Designing their own park
Year 2 – Investigating what is in soil
Receptions – making a rain gauge
Receptions testing a rain gauge and wind strength
Receptions Observing a cloud form inside a jar
Year 2 Investigating how to make a reservoir
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?