SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY TEAM
Welcome to our page, where we will post pictures, videos and keep you updated on our exciting events and projects!
Who are we?
Miss Nixon Y2 teacher and Computing coordinator
Miss Marshall Y4 teacher and DT coordinator
Miss Turner Y6 teacher and Science coordinator
This year our team have three main aims:
1- To highlight e-safety as a key priority and to make e-safety a focus for all our children when using the internet.
2- To encourage lots of exciting practical science and design opportunities for our children.
3- To work closely with our parents and the local community to enable our children develop aspirations in science, design and technology.
4- To embed the STEM subjects throughout the year with our STEM week.
All we do in our team, links closely to our school vision and aims.
Look out for...
We hope to use this page a learning platform for children and parents, so watch out for videos, tutorials and links to other pages!
Here at Poppleton Road we use the Rising Stars curriculum to teach computing.
In KS1 children are taught to:
In KS2 children are taught to:
We are currently promoting the use of digital literacy with our new IPAD's. Our big focus for this year is to increase the amount of 'E-Safety' taught in school, so children leave Poppleton Road with a good understanding of how to keep safe online. There will be parent workshops throughout the year
It has been great to see the amount of Design Technology happening across school this half term, especially during STEM week.
Year 1 have been making shoe box cars looking at how they move and the importance of wheels.
Year 2 have been looking at healthy eating and have made their own fruit bowls!
Year 3 have cooked a healthy pasta and rice salad, choosing their own ingredients to make sure their meal is healthy. Plus, we have all been jealous of their trip to Wagamamas!
Year 4 have combined their ICT and DT to create their own personal hygiene presentations using Microsoft Powerpoint to further spread the message of the importance of washing our hands properly. Year 5 have designed and made their own teacher pleaser inventions, which all the staff are hoping will be available in shops for Christmas!
Year 6 have had an architect come in to talk about scale drawings. The children then applied what they had learnt to their follies. They have also made clay vikings, which they have painted and are very realistic!
As my role as DT co-ordinator, I shall be looking at how else we can incorporate DT into our learning, especially by cross-curricular links!
Reception children have been looking at similarities, differences and changes in their surrounding environment, through weekly forest school sessions.
Year 1 Weather
Children in Year 1 have been observing and describing weather associated with the seasons. They have been working scientifically by: making tables and charts about the weather; and making displays of what happens in the world around them, including day length, as the seasons change.
Year 1 also have a weather role play area where they can write and perform their own weather reports.
Year 2 Which came first, the chicken or the egg? (Animals, including humans)
Year 2 have been finding out about the basic needs of animals for survival, as well as the importance of exercise and nutrition for humans. They also had a very special visitor, who brought in lots of animals for the children to see and learn about the babies that each animal had.
They have worked scientifically by: observing, through video and measurement, how different animals, including humans, grow; asking questions about what things animals need for survival and what humans need to stay healthy; and suggesting ways to find answers to their questions.
Year 3 Skeletons and Healthy Eating
Year 3 have been finding out animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
They have also been researching that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
Year 3 have worked scientifically by: identifying and grouping animals with and without skeletons and observing and comparing their movement; exploring ideas about what would happen if humans did not have skeletons. They have compared and contrasted the diets of different animals (including their pets) and decided on ways of grouping them according to what they eat. They have researched different food groups and how they keep us healthy and designed meals based on what they found out.
Year 4 Digestive Systems and Food Chains
Year 4 have been learning about the main body parts associated with the digestive system, for example, mouth, tongue, teeth, oesophagus, stomach and small and large intestine and have explored questions that helped them to understand their special functions.
Year 4 worked scientifically by: comparing the teeth of carnivores and herbivores and suggested reasons for the differences; finding out what damages teeth through an experiment using egg shells, and how to look after teeth. They discussed their ideas about the digestive system and created their own amazing models which are currently on display in the KS2 corridor.
Year 5 Forces
Year 5 have been studying forces and have investigated the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, which act between moving surfaces.
Children worked scientifically by: exploring resistance in water by making and testing boats of different shapes.
Year 5 will continue to work on forces next term during their Space topic.
Year 6 Animals, including humans
Year 6 have been building on their learning from Years 3 and 4 about the main body parts and internal organs (skeletal, muscular and digestive system) to explore and answer questions that help them to understand how the circulatory system enables the body to function.
Year 6 were inspired by a visiting scientist, who brought microscopes and slides into class for the children to observe. Children were able to observe closely and make accurate drawings of an onion cell, a grain of salt, sugar and other microscopic objects.
Our visitor also introduced the year 6 classes to some famous women in science, which Year 6 continued to research and create a presentation about.
Children worked scientifically by: exploring the work of scientists and scientific research and making careful observations using equipment (microscopes).