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Science at St Antony's


At St Antony's we seek to enable our children to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information.

Children use scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. Most of the learning about science is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences and is enhanced by appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.

What does Science look like at St Antony's? 

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8th - 12th March 2021

Our focus for British Science Week this year is - INNOVATION!
But what is INNOVATION?

Each class worked super hard during British Science Week to learn all about innovations, both new and old! We completed experiments, created acrostic poems and researched historical innovators who have changed the world we live in. Everybody across school started the week off by watching the following clip - where innovation speaks volumes!! 


Nursery and Reception

In Nursery and Reception, the children looked at 'Ice Gardens.' The children worked in small groups to collect items and then worked hard together to create their very own gardens. This activity required thinking, speaking and listening skills as well as observation skills after they had frozen their garden to watch it melt. 


Year 1 and 2

In Years 1 and 2, the children looked at 'Crunchy Architecture you can eat!' This activity encouraged all children to be creative and think of innovative designs to build some crunchy architecture with biscuits, wafers, crackers and even edible cement! The children had to consider what shapes they would use, which materials they'd use for each part and whether their buildings would be safe to free stand. 


Year 3 and 4

In Years 3 and 4, the children looked at 'Splitting Light into Different Colours.' Spectrography is an incredibly useful process for astronomers and other scientists. It allows them to investigate the chemicals in objects found trillions of miles from our planet. The atoms of different elements have their own distinct patterns and by observing these patterns, scientists can determine what objects, such as stars and planets, are made of. So what better way to spend the day than making our very own spectroscopes! 


Year 5 and 6
In Years 5 and 6, the children looked at 'Does the appearance of food effect how it tastes?' This experiment required a lot of thought, discussion and taste testing! Children discussed food and farming and the impact wasting food had on our planet. Following a fair test investigation, the children came to the realisation that it doesn't matter what an item of food looks like - it all tastes the same and so wonky fruit and vegetables are most certainly the way forward!!