Here at Reddal Hill, we understand how important Science is to the world! Over the years, Science has enabled us to find things out which has given us what we have today. In fact, without science we would not have electricity which would mean no mobiles, internet, fridges to keep food fresh, television to entertain or even cars to travel in!
Our children are taught Biology, Physics and Chemistry as discrete subjects, under the umbrella of Science. We encourage our children to explore their world and discover new things through a range of exciting hands on activities.
Through high-quality science teaching, children at Reddal Hill are given opportunities to:
On this page, you will find pictures of our fantastic science learning.
Year 2- Summer 1
During the Summer term, we are learning all about plants. On Thursday 27th April, we had a virtual tour of the Eden Project, exploring the different biomes on their site. After this, we then worked in groups to make our own greenhouses and planted seeds inside. Mrs Fazey also planted some seeds, but she didn't put her in a greenhouse. We are going to investigate whether the plants will grow better in the greenhouse or outside of the greenhouse. Most of us think that the seeds will grow better inside a greenhouse! We will be observing the growth of the seeds in our greenhouses. We all think that our seeds will grow much better than Mrs Fazey's!
Year 2- Autumn 1
Which material will be best for a raincoat?
Our topic this half term is materials. On Tuesday 27th September, the children learnt all about the scientist Charles Macintosh and took part in an experiment. The children predicted, and then tested a range of materials to investigate which material would be the most suitable for a raincoat. All of the children came to the conclusion that the most suitable material was plastic, as this was the most waterproof and wouldn't absorb.
Year 1- Spring
In Science this term, we have been learning about plants. The children identified the parts of a plant and what they need in order to grow healthy. We planted beans in soil and we water them regularly. We can't wait to see them grow this term.
WOW! Look at our little bean plants now. Over the last 6 weeks, we have made observations and made sure that our plants have had plenty of water and sunlight. Some of the children even spoke to the plants to help them grow too!
Year 1- Autumn
Our topic for this Autumn is 'What's it made from?'. We have had lots of fun learning all about different materials and their properties. We completed a science investigation to find out what would be the best material to keep our worry monster dry if it started to rain. We made some predictions about which materials we thought would be the most waterproof and then we came to the conclusion, out of all the materials that we tested, that plastic was the most waterproof and therefore would be the best material to use for an umbrella. Well done. Great investigating skills!
Year 2- Spring 1
In science, Year 2 have been investigating things which are living, non-living and never lived. Year 2 enjoyed exploring this in their school environment. We found out that there are more non-living things around our school than living things (except for humans).
Year 2- Autumn 2
In science, Year 2 have been investigating the effects exercise has on the human body. We predicted what might happen to our heart rate when we did different activities and thought of reasons for our answers. We really enjoyed making our heart rates go slower and faster. We found out the activities such as running increases the heart rate and sitting down writing decreases the heart rate.
Year 2- Autumn 1
In science, Year 2 have been investigating which shaped tower would hold the most books. We tested a cylinder, cuboid and a rectangular prism. We made sure we used the same type of books so it was a fair test. We had so much fun!
Year 2- Autumn 1
In our Science lessons this term, we have been investigating materials. We have been learning about the Scientist 'Charles Macintosh' and experimenting to see which materials are the most suitable for a waterproof coat. We did get a bit wet!
We have also completed an investigation to answer the key question: Which material is best for a hamster cage. We used nail files to replicate the hamster's teeth to see which materials were most suitable for a hamster's cage! We found out that it needed to be strong and also waterproof due to the hamster weeing!
Year 3 Autumn 2
This half term, we had the challenge of answering the key question 'How do magnets work?'. We investigated lots of materials to see if they were magnetic and looked at different types of magnets.
Year 3- Autumn 1
This half term, we have learning about rocks and soils. We have answered key questions which include:
What are the properties of different rocks?
How are rocks layered?
How are fossils formed?
How are soils formed?
Here are some pictures of us making fossils out of salt dough.
Year 4- Spring 1
This half term, we have been investigating changes of state (Materials). We have found out what the three states of matter are and how changes can occur between these states.
So far, we have answered these key questions:
How can we group materials?
What are the three states of matter?
How do raisins dance?
What happens to a solid at different temperatures?
Year 4 Autumn
In the Autumn term, we have been studying electricity and sound.
We have completed many investigations including:
- How does a circuit work?
- How does a switch affect a circuit?
- What is the difference between an insulator and a conductor?
-What are examples of electrical energy and how is a plug wired?
- How does sound travel?
- How does the length of an elastic band affect the pitch?
- What material is best for blocking out sound?
Year 5 - Spring 2
This half term, we have continued to test the properties of different materials. On Tuesday 29th March, we learnt about irreversible changes. We completed an experiment where we mixed bicarbonate of soda with white vinegar which produced carbon dioxide. This was an irreversible change because it couldn't be undone.
Year 5- Spring 1
This half term, we have been testing the properties of different materials. On 1st February 2022, we tested different materials to see which one was the most absorbent. Here are some pictures of our experiment.
We have also investigated which materials are soluble and insoluble. We found out that coffee, sugar, salt and gravy are all soluble materials.
Year 5- Autumn 2
In Science this term we have been investigating the question - Do all forces make objects do the same thing?
Our key scientist during this topic is Isaac Newton who discovered gravity.
Investigating Air Resistance
We made parachutes out of a range of different materials and tested them to see which one took the longest time to reach the ground safely.
Investigating Water Resistance
We found out that if an object is streamlined, it can reduce the effects of water resistance. We created streamlined boats and testing to see how they moved through the water.
Which material creates the most amount of friction and therefore makes the car move slower?
Year 5- Autumn 1
In Science this term, we have been looking at Earth and Space and investigating the question - What happens in space?
We found out about the order of the planets in space, what each planet is like, how planets all have an orbit path, why we have day and night, the different phases of the moon.
Year 5 Class Assembly 2021
Click the link below and watch the children answer our key question: What happens in space?
Year 6-Autumn 2
For our end of unit assessment, we used all of our knowledge from the unit to prepare for an interview with Charles Darwin!
We looked at a range of information and we answered a range of questions linked to evolution and inheritance.
The pupils used nail files to replicate the hamster's teeth to see which materials were most suitable for a hamster's cage! They found out that it needed to be strong and also waterproof due to the hamster weeing!
Science learning during lockdown
Many of our children have been continuing their love for science whilst at home or in the key workers group at school. They have been learning all about space and the different types of planets, designing their own planets, making spaceships, creating bird feeders, lava lamps and lots of other exciting things.
Well done to you all for being super scientists!
Year 2 British Science Week!
All week, Year 2 have been celebrating Science week by linking it to our 'Living things and their Habitats' Topic!
Our question was:
What are the best living conditions for an Earthworm?
We completed a variety of activities including:
Year 6 British Science Week 2021!
On Wednesday 11th March, we celebrated British Science Week by linking it to our electricity learning for the term!
Our question was:
Can we make objects move without using our hands?
We made a prediction...
We carried out different investigations using balloons, polystyrene plates, pieces of paper and cloths...
We then wrote a conclusion from our investigation...
We had a super afternoon carrying out our investigation! Well done Year 6!
Science in Year 2
Over the past few weeks we have been learning about how materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. We have planned and created an experiment to investigate if play dough will float or sink depending on its shape. We had lots of fun carrying out the experiment and thinking about answers to our findings.
Over the past few weeks we have been leaning about life cycles and we have been looking at the
life cycles of a frog, butterfly and chick. We loved learning about the life cycle of a Jelly fish- we even learnt a song to help us remember it!
Science in Year 4
Year 4 went on a minibeast hunt around the school playground!
It was so much fun working with our groups to see what we could find!
Year 5 Science week
In Science week we completed a project looking at the 7 stages of working scientifically.
As our topic is plants and living things we decided to conduct an investigation into how plants grow, deciding on the question we wanted to answer. Each group focused on different variables and observed the changes over time. We had some great fun learning all about plants and even got to go to the park and explore!
In Year 5 we complete lots of fun experiments! In the Autumn term, we looked at materials and their properties, testing different insulators. In the Spring term we have been focusing on forces and have already tested air resistance and water resistance!
Spring 2 Term Science Display - The Human Body
Our new topic this term in Science is The Human Body!
We have been learning about all of the different types of teeth, the digestive system and then we linked our Science Week to two different investigations as well!
National Science Week!
The week commencing Monday 11th March, we participated in National Science Week and we did Science every afternoon!
For the first two days, we planned an investigation into whether taller people have the longest arms! We looked at the different variables to make it a fair test, we then measured the children in our class and then looked at the results as to whether our prediction was correct or not!
For the second two days, we planned an investigation all about tooth enamel and how different liquids affect this!
We used boiled eggs and we placed them into coke and orange juice to see what happened to them! A super Science week everyone! Well done!
Spring Term Science Display - Rocks
Our new topic this term in Science is Rocks!
We have been learning about all of the different types of rocks, where we can find different rocks at school and created a brand new display linked to the different layers that can be found in our Earth!
Mad Science Assembly!
On Monday 21st January, Test Tube Tasha visited our school for a Science assembly. It was absolutely brilliant! We did some scientific magic tricks, watched an explosion and even made paper fly!
Year 3 Healthy Schools Week
On Monday 17th September, we completed a range of activities all linked to Healthy Schools Week!
Firstly, we spoke about different types of fruit and collaged them to make a fruit rainbow...
Then, we sat in a circle and tried six of the different fruits and discussed what we liked about them and which one was our favourite!
A super afternoon Year 3! Well done!
Our Autumn Term Science Display - Animals Including Humans!
Keep your eyes peeled for pictures from our Science week 2019 which will be week commencing 11th March.
This Autumn, we have been learning lots of interesting things about our bodies and the bodies of other animals!
To do this, we have been on exciting mini beast hunts and spoken about classifying animals into Mamals, Fish, Insects, Reptiles and Amphibians!
At the beginning of the Autumn, we learned all about what we need to keep our bodies healthy. Miss Skidmore and Miss Brain brought in lots of different fruit to try, and we used our senses to discuss what they looked like, smelt like and tasted like.
Year 2 Science
Our Topic this term is 'Living things and their Habitats'. The children worked in groups to categorise different animals to suitable habitats. They researched different habitats and found lots of information to help them group the animals.
Year 3 Science!
In our Science lessons in Autumn 1, we were learning about how to keep ourselves healthy!
We learned about all of the different food groups such as carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, dairy, fats and oils and protein and how we need to eat some foods from each group to keep us healthy!
We made our very own healthy plates which we put on display to remind us to keep healthy!
In our Science lessons in Autumn 2, we were magnet investigators!
We looked at different magnets, completed a paper clip investigation, learnt about the different poles on a magnet and understood what happened when two poles either attracted or repelled each other! We also found out about all of the magnets that we have in our world; some in places that you would never even think of!
We put together our new display to show everyone our learning!
In our Science lessons in Summer 1, we are learning all about flowers and plants!
We looked at the different parts of a plant, what their job and function is and then we made our own out of tissue paper!
We put together our new display to show everyone our learning!
The children in Key stage 1 have enjoyed learning different skills and completed investigations in the Science after school club.
This Autumn term we have been learning about plants. We have found out how plants reproduce and gained an understanding of the process of pollination.
This week (Monday 13th March), Foundation Stage took part in National Science Week. Take a look at what we have been exploring.
Science Inspire Workshop
We explored our knowledge and understanding of the world with our parents. Thank you all for your support!
During Science week (Monday 13th March 2017), we were actively involved in predicting and carrying out experiments all linked to the theme of 'CHANGE'.
The two experiments were all about 'colour mixing' and it was exciting to see the changes. Take a look at some of our pictures below...
On Wednesday 9th November Year 1 all became actively involved in a workshop promoting healthy living in a fun, hands-on and engaging approach through a range of activities.
We had tasks to complete at different stations and lots of learning took place through questioning and discussion!
Take a look at us all hard at work...
On Friday 17th March 2017, we carried out some experiments for National Science Week. We have all enjoyed taking part in extra Science experiments and have had so much fun! We took part in an experiment to find out whether the colour of water would affect the colour of white flower petals and celery. We found out that it does! We linked this to how important water is for plants and how the flower uses the water to survive!
We also wanted to find out what would happen if we added mentos to a coke bottle. It exploded everywhere and went all on Miss Eades! We have learnt that this happens because of all the fizzy gas bubbles that there are in the coke bottle.
Now it is the Summer Term, we have started learning about Materials. During our Inspire lesson we had a go at making a boat out of a selection of different materials. We tested our baots at the end and all of them floated! :)
On Thursday 29th June it was Science Day. We completed lots of different science activities where we explored our senses, learnt about the changes to our body when exercising, water resistance and air resistance. We had lots of fun with Miss Eades testing and making autogyros! :)
Buttercup Class - Year 2
Last term we learnt about habitats in Science! We learnt that a habitat provides animals with food and shelter. We discussed lots of different habitats (for example; oceans, rainforests, arctic and deserts). We worked as a group to match each animal to their habitat; as we did this we discussed how we know they are suited to that particular habitat.
As part of learning about habitats, we carried out a fun investigation! We wanted to know whether wax worms prefer a damp or dry environment...most of us found that they prefer a dry environment! Take a look at what we got up to...
On Wednesday 9th November, we took part in an A-Life session. We got to explore a range of fun activities that taught us about healthy eating and fitness. We had lots of fun and learnt lots of new things too!
This week it has been National Science Week (WB 13th March), we have enjoyed taking part in extra Science experiments! On Wednesday we took part in an experiment to find out whether an orange would float or skin. We found out that with the rind on, it floats and with the rind peeled off, it sinks!
On Thursday we took part in 'The Skittle Experiment'. We put skittles around the edge of a plate and carefully poured warm water onto the plate until it touched the skittles. We really enjoyed this experiment! Look what happened...
Now it is the Summer Term, we have started learning about Materials. During our first lesson we had lots of fun sorting materials according to their properties...
On Thursday 29th June it was Science day. We had lots of fun taking part in different activities. In Mrs Norton’s class we had lots of fun completing a Pirate Density Investigation!
Year 3 Science!
In Science we are currently investigating forces. So far we have looked at different types of forces and how to use magnets. We have had lots of fun learning scientific language and which materials repel and attract to a magnet.
On Wednesday 9th November, we took part in an A-Life Workshop where we learnt all about how to keep ourselves healthy! It was good fun and we all learnt so much! We were able to work as part of a team, as well as enjoy a variety of different activities. What a brilliant morning!
Year 4 Science!
In Year 4, we are currently learning about the digestive system and how to keep our teeth strong and healthy! We carried out an investigation using eggs and different liquids to see which liquid damaged the egg the most! The results were disgusting!!
On Wednesday 9th November, we participated in an A-Life Workshop where we learnt all about how to keep ourselves healthy! It was really fun and exciting with all of the interactive activities and we all came away having learnt something new! Well done everyone!
National Science Week in Potter Class!
The week commencing 13th March was National Science Week and it was all linked to change!
We completed an experiment where we tried to change the colour of petals and celery! We used food colouring and left them overnight to see what happened! We linked this to how important water is for plants and how the flower uses the water to survive!
We then carried out an experiment to see if we could blow up a balloon using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda! It was brilliant to watch and loads of fun! We then understood that the soda and vinegar mixed together to form a gas which then blew the balloon up!
On Thursday 29th June, everyone participated in a Science Day!
We went around the different classrooms and took part in a range of different activities!
We had an amazing day! We are definitely superstar scientists now!
Year 5 Science
Our topic this term is Earth and Space and we have been looking at the planets. To help us understand the different sizes of the planets we used fruit to represent them - from a watermelon to a peppercorn!
We also used toilet roll to help us see how far away from the Sun each planet is.
Our geography topic this term is 'Earth Matters' which links very well with our Earth and Space science work! In this lesson, we were looking at the layers of the Earth and made our own mini Earths using play-dough.