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Welcome to Whitings Hill's Spectacular science page

On this page you will find lots of information about science, not only at Whitings Hill but in the wider World of Science.

 

 

What is a fair test?

 

A fair test is a controlled investigation carried out to answer a scientific question.

 

What do children learn about fair tests at Whitings Hill School?

In a fair test two or more things are compared. In order for a test to be fair or scientifically sound, children are required to ensure only one thing (this is called a variable) is changed.

 

Fair testing is taught throughout primary school through other science topics. The children will gradually develop their skills and level of independence in planning and carrying out fair tests.

In Years 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1) children will be taught to perform simple tests.

In Years 3 and 4 (Lower Key Stage 2) children will be taught to set up simple comparative and fair tests.

In Years 5 and 6 (Upper Key Stage 2) children will be taught to plan scientific enquires to answer questions and to control variables where necessary.

 

 

 

 

Fair Testing activities at home.

 

At home you could plan and carry out your own fair tests with your child.

Here are some suggestions to get you started;

  • Which type of chocolate melts fastest? (Always remember to supervise children if they are working with hot liquids.)
  • Which magnet is the strongest? 
  • Which material is most suitable for an umbrella? 
  • Does a plant need light to grow? 
  • How can you go faster down a slide? 
  • Which kitchen towel absorbs the most liquid? 
  • Which shaped ice cube melts the fastest? 

 

For each investigation consider what variable will change and which variables need to remain the same to make it a fair test.

 

Think about what you are measuring? 

 

What equipment do you need?

 

Can you make a prediction (a good guess, with a reason) before you begin? 

  Bird Watching Week 2019

 

Between the 25th -28th January 2019 it was The Big Garden Bird Watch.

At Whitings Hill School we  followed up with Bird Watching week at school.

The children had the opportunity to watch and monitor the wildlife around the school grounds.

 

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Thank you to all the children who took their time to watch and record the birds they saw!

We shared our results with the BBC Big Garden Bird Watch.

 

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At this cold time of year birds are struggling to find food. How can we help them?

 

Follow the link to find out more!

 

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/feeding-birds/

 

 

 

 

 

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