The subject lead for Science at Darwen St James is Mrs Davis.
Year 1 - Seasonal Change
In Year 1 we have been looking at the four seasons of the year and different types of weather. We are looking in particular at the seasons of Autumn and Winter. As well as this, we have been looking at different ways of measuring the weather such as making anemometers to measure the wind and gauges to measure the volume of rain.
Year 2 - Everyday Materials
In Year 2 the children are learning about Everyday Materials. They are learning the name of different materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard and through a variety of investigations, are beginning to compare the suitability of everyday materials for particular uses.
In Year 3 the children are learning about Animals Including Humans. They are learning about nutrition, including how animals and humans get their food. In our recent lesson they learnt about skeletons in both animals and humans. We played detectives trying to identify which skeleton belonged to which animal, they then put together the bones to make a human skeleton.
In Year 4 we have been learning about Living Things and their habitats. We were so excited to meet Mike from Critters Interactive who brought in a variety of his pets for us to meet. We classified his pets into vertebrates and invertebrates and had fun holding the animals so we could get a good look at them. Some of the invertebrates we held were Giant Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, Giant African Land Snails and a Giant African Millipede. The vertebrates we met were Jake the Corn Snake, Mojo the Spiny Tailed Monitor lizard.
In year 5 we are learning about the Earth and Space. We have looked at the planets, learning about their names and the order. In our most recent lesson, we looked at the moon and the phases of the moon. We used oreo cookies to create a model of the different phases.
In Year 6 we have been learning about Evolution and Inheritance. We found out all about Charles Darwin and took a thinking walk around school to collect living things we find there. We have looked at how living things change over time and how offspring inherit characteristics from their parents. We are also going to look at how living things adapt to their environment and carry out investigations.