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Remote Science Lessons with STEM!

 

To support home teaching, STEM Learning are offering remotely-delivered, curriculum-linked Science lessons for young people aged 5-19! These lessons cover a range of topics, including evolution, forces, and the human body. Created and recorded by subject experts, remote lessons can be accessed at any time of day, making it easy to fit into your home learning schedule.

Alongside these lessons, there are also live Q&A sessions, run by teachers, giving both students and parents/carers the opportunity to ask questions and get further support.

 

KS1 Lessons (Years 1 & 2) can be found here - https://www.stem.org.uk/remote-lessons/key-stage-1

 

KS2 Lessons (Years 3-6) can be found here - https://www.stem.org.uk/remote-lessons/key-stage-2

Supporting your child with Science at home!

 

You may be wondering about you can support your child with science whilst at home. I have put together a few resources and websites which you can visit below. At Westglade, the content of our Science teaching and learning is taken from the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England.

 

The content covered in each of our year groups is as follws:

 

Year 1

  • Plants (basic structure)
  • Animals including humans (basic knowledge of parts of human body and comparing animals)
  • Everyday materials (describing properties)
  • Seasonal changes.

 

Year 2

  • Plants (what plants need to grow)
  • Animals including humans (needs for survival, food and hygiene)
  • Use of everyday materials (explore and compare materials for uses)
  • Living things and their habitats (explore variety of habitats, simple food chains).

 

Year 3

  • Plants (life cycles)
  • Animals including humans (nutrition, skeleton and muscles)
  • Rocks (fossils and soils)
  • Light (reflection and shadows)
  • Forces and magnets (magnetic materials, attracting and repelling).

 

Year 4

  • Animals including humans (digestive system, teeth and food chains)
  • Living things and habitats (classification keys)
  • States of matter (changes of state, evaporation and condensation)
  • Sound (vibration, pitch and volume)
  • Electricity (simple circuits, insulators and conductors).

 

Year 5

  • Animals including humans (human development from birth to old age)
  • Living things and their habitats (life cycles and reproduction in humans and plants)
  • Properties and changes of materials (dissolving, separating materials, reversible and irreversible changes)
  • Forces (gravity, air resistance, water resistance, friction)
  • Earth and Space (Earth, Sun and Moon, the solar system).

 

Year 6

  • Animals including humans (circulatory system, diet and exercise, healthy living)
  • Living things and their habitat (classification, characteristics of plant and animal groups)
  • Light (how it travels, how we see, shadows)
  • Electricity (voltage and power in circuits, circuit components, symbols and diagrams)
  • Evolution and inheritance (how living things have changed over time, fossils, dinosaurs, adaptation to environment).

How can I help my child at home?

 

1. Be interested!

 

Find out about your child's termly topic. this can be found for each year group on their class page. If you're not sure, you can always ask their teacher. You can then use books or the internet to research and is a great way to brush up on your own knowledge of the topic! Then you can have interesting conversations  where you and your child are both learning at the same time!

 

2. Be curious!

 

Why not use this time to find out more about a famous scientist. I have listed some examples below. You could also research innovative and exciting inventions up to and including the present day.

Ole Kirk Christiansen Ole Kirk Christiansen invented Lego in 1949.
Mae Jemison Mae was the first African-American female to fly into space in 1992. She was also a scientist.
Tim Smit Tim Smit has the idea to build the Eden Project.
Nicholas Grimshaw Nicholas Grimshaw designed the biomes for the Eden Project.
Jane Colden Jane Colden was a botanist. She is thought to be America's first female botanist.
Louis Pasteur Louis Pasteur discovered that germs are living things that can be spread by touch or through the air.
Charles Mackintosh Charles Mackintosh invented the first waterproof fabric.
John McAdam John McAdam invented tarmac to create smooth, hard roads.
Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born scientist and inventor best know for inventing the first working telephone in 1876.
Charles Darwin Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best know for his contributions to the science of evolution.
Galileo Galilei An Italian scientist who was the first to prove that the Earth and the planets revolve around the sun and not, as previously thought, around the Earth.
Jane Goodall British researcher Jane Goodall is best known as the top expert on chimpanzees and actually lived among them in Africa!
Marie Curie Marie Curie was a physicist who discovered radioactivity. The Curies came up with the term  'radioactivity' to describe elements that emitted strong rays.
The Wright Brothers In 1903, the Wright brothers achieved the first powered, sustained and controlled aeroplane flight.

 

3. Be practical!

 

There are lots of fun and practical activities that you can take part in ta home. Children love to learn through practical, hands-on activities and finding things out for themselves! It is a perfect opportunity for them to learn about and understand the world around them.

 

You can use the internet to search for fun, practical science experiments that you can do at home using everyday objects! I have given you some ideas below.

 

  • Try exploring changing states with ice and water to begin to see those changes that can be reversed and those that can’t.
  • Cooking is also a great opportunity to mix ingredients, add heat and examine changing states.
  • A real favourite would have to be ‘gloop’ — use water and cornflour (add food colouring too if needed) to explore solids and liquids. Just be prepared to get messy!
  • Find out what happens when you mix food colouring in with milk. Then add washing up liquid and watch what happens!
  • Why not try making your own mini exploding volcano? Just add bicarbonate of soda, food colouring, washing up liquid and vinegar. Then stand back and watch the eruption!

 

 

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