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What is Science like at The Berkeley?


In nursery we explore the world around us and develop an understanding of how things work and why things change. Children are curious in their environment and we let them be fully active in their learning. In our transport theme we have been looking at different forces, seeing how we can move things by push, pulling or both. The children have experimented with changing the speed of vehicles by adjusting the surface. We talked about the words friction and gravity and what they mean. The children then consolidate what they have learnt with an adult by having available resources in the provision. Adults carefully scaffold and enhance this learning. 


This year in science we have been learning all about the seasons. During the winter months we learnt about a variety of nocturnal animals and animals that migrate to warmer climate. We went on lots of nature hunts during the changing seasons to spot signs of winter, spring and summer. 


We have also learnt about space and our planets. We learnt the space song to help us remember the names and order of the planets. We have been developing our working scientifically skills by completing lots of space themed experiments, such as 'how are craters created?' by dropping different sized rocks from different heights into a bowl of flour. We measured the craters and discussed how they were different sizes. 


We also learnt about plants, investigating the different parts and functions of the plant. We planted our sunflowers and took them home to watch them grow. We have since been discussing their growth and how we need to continue to look after them. 


Year 1

In science we have been learning about our senses. We have learnt about our five senses. We went on a senses walk around the school. 


Year 2

Exotic Zoo visited our school which was a great start to our Animals including Humans unit!

Year 3

Year 3 have successfully made cross curriculum links between Science and Reading. This has furthered their understanding and knowledge about forces.

We planted 4 different types of soil into pots. We added cress seeds and ob served the growth of the seeds to find out which soils helped the cress seeds grow the best. We found that the 'seedling compost' was the best because the grain of the compost is finer which helps germination. the other soils were slightly more coarse (rough or harsh in texture). There are also lower nutrients in seedling compost compared to the other compost/soil. High nutrient levels can negatively affect germination. 


Year 4

In science, we have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. This has involved pretending to be particles and learning about the different processes in the water cycle. 


For World Environment day, we created an oil spill and then tried different methods to 'clean up' the spill by separating oil from water. We found this extremely difficult and we could therefore understand why oil spills are such devastating disasters. 

Last term we enjoyed learning about electricity and built our own circuits. 

Year 5

Class 11 went outdoors to learn about good insulators:


The children investigated the different parts of the flower. They labelled a diagram and then dissected a flower to find all the different parts. they then linked this is how plants reproduce. 

Year 6

There have been many opportunities to learn through practical investigations. 

Children have been measuring pulse and heart rate; they have learned and experiences how pulse rates change the effects of physical activity have on the heart. 

Children also investigated the effect of changing power sources and were able to construct a series circuit and parallel circuit. They learned about why symbols are used instead of pictures to represent components and produce a circuit diagram for the circuit that they constructed. Children enjoyed finding out more about electricity uses through a range of non-fiction texts. 

Chemistry with Cabbage came and showed us how to make indicators, test household chemicals, look at the properties of acids and do reversible and irreversible changes. Children had a lot of fun exploring acids and alkalis and making gas filled glove balloons. Chemistry with cabbage fuelled Year 6's excitement for KS3 Chemistry.