Science for children in years 3 - 6 has changed at Rough Hay. We are using Empiribox to form the basis of our science lesson. The children will be involved in investigations that lead them to develop skills in:

Planning an investigation -  Asking a question, writing a hypothesis and making a prediction. Determining Independent and Dependent Variables. Writing a method and deciding equipment.

Recording Data and Analysis - Collecting and presenting scientific observations in a way that can be analysed. Presenting data in the form of tables and graphs. Analysing data the data,writing a conclusion and stating whether or not the hypothesis is correct.

Evaluation - Critically deciding how well the experiment went. Deciding how to improve the investigation to obtain better and more valid results.

Key Stage 1 Science - Habitats and Seasonal Change.

This term, the children will be learning about habitats and seasonal change. They will be learning about the seasons and how the earth changes during the seasons. 

Key Stage 2 Science - Energy and Sound. 

This term, the children will be learning about energy and sound. They will be learning about what energy is and recognise some conductors and insulators. The children will investigate pitch and volume and explore how sound is made through vibrations. 

The scientific focus for this term will be planning. The children will think about questions that they can ask to conduct an investigation and the different variables they will need to control.

Biology Unit - Plants and Photosynthesis.

This term, the children will be learning about plants and photosynthesis. They will be learning about what a plant needs to survive and how some plants have adapted themselves to their surroundings. The children will be learning about healthy plant growth and carrying out investigations to check if their predictions about plants are correct. 

We looked at carnivorous plants today. Look what a Venus fly trap does when it feels some food...

Chemistry Unit - Particle Theory.

This term, the children will be learning about Particle Theory. Particle theory helps to explain properties and behaviour of materials. For example, metals expand when they are heated because the particles vibrate to a greater degree when energy is introduced to the system. On cooling, the vibrations decrease and the metal returns to its original size.

Check out our first chemical reaction below...

We made a Whoosh Bottle to show a chemical reaction involving a liquid changing into a gas by the process of evaporation.

Physics Unit - Forces

This term, the children will be learning about Forces. Forces are pushes and pulls.Examples of which are: pressure, friction, air resistance, gravity, upthrust, magnetic, repulsion, torque (twist). 

We have learnt about the forces of air resistance, gravity and upthrust. 


Air resistance is the force that is in opposition to the relative motion of an object through the air. (Also called drag)

Gravity is the force that attracts a body toward the centre of the earth, or toward any other physical body having mass. 

Upthrust is the upward force that a liquid or gas exerts on a body floating in it.


Look at our photos below to see these forces in action! 

Here are some photos from our science lessons. Our theme for the Autumn term is Forces.