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Spring 2

We looked at all the key words for our new science topic of ‘light’ and created a ‘VocAPPulary’ word bank. This will be great to look back at throughout the term to remind us of the scientific meanings.

Today we recapped on our key vocabulary, while explaining; why we need light to see, dark is the absence of light, different light sources and did you know… Although the moon appears to be a source of light when it glows in the night sky, it is actually reflecting the light from the sun. So no, the moon is not a light source, just a reflector of light!!

A shadow forms when light is blocked by an object. Light travels in straight lines so the light is blocked and a shadow forms in the absence of the light. So today we carried out an investigate on shadows, how they change and what effect the distance of the light has on shadow size and length. Here are our findings…

In this weeks science we discussed the dangers and how we can protect ourselves from the sun. We created posters covered in facts on ways to protect our skin & eyes. Todays key vocabulary: UV rays, retina, protect, safety.

Spring 1

In the first of our forces ⬅️ and magnets 🧲 lessons we jotted down what we already know about forces and then we looked at the forces around us and how often we use them (push & pull). We even did some role play and made the actions we would do if we were pulling or pushing an object. We learnt that an object has to use a force on another object to make it start or stop. Our final challenge was an LBQ challenge on Forces, this really identified how much the children had learnt so far and deepened their thinking.

➡️ Acting out - the force of pushing ⬅️

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‘VocAPPulary’ take a look at our phones 📱… I provided the key vocabulary and children used dictionaries and Google search to write a definition.

Forces Investigation - testing friction - we tested toy cars along different surfaces to see how high we had to move the ramp up to make the car move. 🚗

Magnet Investigation- We observed how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others!

Magnet Strength - We tested the strength of different types of magnets 🧲 … to investigate this we looked at how many paper clips were attracted to each magnet 🧲 … then we collated our results up and made a bar chart 📊

The children have learnt that magnets are made up of tiny magnetic particles which line up in the same direction, producing a noticeable magnetic effect (field). They learnt that magnets always contain two poles (north and south) and that if a magnet is broken in two, each piece will still have two poles. Children investigated whether the poles from two magnets will attract or repel each other when brought together.

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