We believe that good science teaching should be:

  • based on a secure knowledge of the subject
  • engaging and creative
  • a mixture of practical and written work
  • have a strong real-life context
  • inspired by the questions that children have
  • be challenging

 

These principles of good science teaching were devised by the staff and were informed by the children of St John’s school, with help from the School Council.

 

Science Visit to Rishworth

We were invited to Rishworth School to take part in a science lesson using their fantastic resources.

Year 5 were working scientifically.

We were real scientists today.

Careful work.

Year 5 loved the experience.

The safety flame is orange so that you can see it.

Here are few of the comments about the morning:

”Science is amazing!”

”I wish we could do science all day.”

 

Science Week | (March 2018)

This week we have based all of our learning around science and the way that it affects our lives. We have enjoyed visits from:

people who work in scientific jobs

former pupils who are studying science

science staff and former pupils from Ryburn school

people who have hobbies based around science

Year 5 had a electrifying time learning with local scientist Mr Sutcliffe.

Our hall ceiling will never be the same after this assembly!

We had a visit from a real pilot. He told us all about how scientific questioning pushed the development of the airplane.

We also had a really egg-citing, whole-school science club.

Mr Jones dropped the protected eggs from ever-increasing heights!

Parents and children worked together to protect the eggs.

Here are just a selection of the activities which we took part in this week:

Year 4 investigated how materials can change state.

Year 1 investigated our outdoor environment for signs of Spring. Mrs Kowal was delighted to discover that Spring is indeed on the way.

Year 5 investigated buoyancy. They made a bottle float (positive buoyancy), sink (negative buoyancy) and be suspended mid-bucket (neutral buoyancy).

Year 6 investigating their own enquiry based questions.

Our first science week was a great! We really saw how important science is in our everyday lives.

We can’t wait for the next one.

Science Club | The Periodic Table (February 2018)

Today, we have had fun playing and learning using the Toca Elements iPad application. We have been using technology more and more at St John’s to help us with our science learning.

Discussing which process to subject their element to next.

The children in science club enjoyed subjecting the different elements to different processes.

If you would like to have a go for yourself, why not ask your parents/carers for permission to download the app?

apple

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toca-lab-elements/id748057890?mt=8

android

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tocaboca.tocalab&hl=en_GB

Sometimes, in science, three heads are better than one.

VOCABULARY: (noun) A substance than cannot be chemically changed to a simpler form.

Science Club | Forces (February 2018)

We have tried to make a bubble inside a bubble and non-spherical bubbles. We found out that a non-spherical bubble was impossible to make because of the pressure of the gas pushing against the bubble wall.

We discussed how to carry out this experiment safely.

This was a fun test.

“Look at that!”

Year 6 girls at the moment of success!

Another fine success.

Year 3 boys managed to create a bubble within a bubble!

 

I wonder if any of our science club can make 3 bubbles within bubbles before next week.

 

Great science today everyone!

 

Science Club | Static Electricity (January 2018)

 

This term we have been using electricity in science club. We sorted out ALL of the electrical resources so that we can use them more efficiently in our club. We created circuits with working bulbs and buzzers. This week we have used static electricity to investigate the best way to collect Rice Crispies with a balloon.

 

Children investigate selected variables and record their results to find the best way to collect crispies.

 

We found that the best number of rubs was 4 and that the chair was the best at creating static electricity on the balloon.

We presented our findings to the rest of the group.

Year 3 girls take questions about their findings.