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St Oswald’s Science Principles


We are brilliant scientists when;

·      we ask and answer our own questions.

·      we explore the world around us.

·      we test our ideas using scientific equipment.

·      we learn from other scientists.

·      we share our understanding in different ways.


These principles allow our children to understand how they will become brilliant scientists.

St Oswald's Science Area

Home Learning Science Experiments


Signs of Spring


Explore the different signs of Spring all around you.

You could use;

  • a magnifying glass
  • a camera
  • paper to draw pictures or record your findings

Encourage children to spend time in the garden or observing from a window.

Questions you could ask them;

  1. Can you describe the weather today?
  2. What is happening to the flowers in our garden?
  3. Which wild animals have you seen?
  4. What do you notice about the trees?


Activities that children could complete;

  1. Record a tally of wild birds they see.
  2. Create a weather forecast for the week.
  3. Draw the different growth phases of flowers in the garden or outside.
  4. Record a chart of the different flowers and plants in the garden.
  5. Hunt for mini beasts in the garden.

These activities could be completed as a writing task, drawing task or through the use of a camera/ Ipad and creating a record on the computer.


Share photographs of your home science experiment on our school Facebook page.

BBC Bitesize Learning Opportunities


The BBC are now providing 3 lessons a day for children from Year 1 to Year 10. 


Their weekly science lesson will be on Wednesday.


I have included a link to their full timetable.

To access the lessons and resources click on the image of the year groups above.

Planting and growing

Learn how different environments can affect the growth of a plant.

You will need;

  • plastic cups or small plant pots
  • compost
  • seeds, for example sunflower seeds or peas


  1. Fill your cup with soil.
  2. Use your finger to poke a hole into the soil.
  3. Pop 1 seed into the hole and cover it with a little soil.
  4. Water the seed.


You may like to try placing a plant in different areas of your house and garden, for example areas which are bright, dark, warm and cold, to discover how this affects the growth of each plant.

Try putting one of your plants in a dark place like a cupboard. What happens to the plant?


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Make Your Own Rainbow

Learn how to make a rainbow with this fun science experiment.

You will need;

  • a glass of water (about three quarters full)
  • white paper
  • a sunny day


  1. Take the glass of water and paper to a part of the room with sunlight (near a window is good).
  2. Hold the glass of water (being careful not to spill it) above the paper and watch as sunlight passes through the glass of water, refracts (bends) and forms a rainbow of colours on your sheet of paper.

Try holding the glass of water at different heights and angles to see if it has a different effect.


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Design and Test a Parachute

Learn about air resistance while making an awesome parachute!

Design one that can fall slowly to the ground before putting it to the test, making modifications as you go.

You will need;

  • a plastic bag or light material
  • scissors
  • string
  • a small object to act as the weight, a little action figure would be perfect


(Remember to ask your grown for help when you use the scissors)

  1. Cut out a large square from your plastic bag or material.
  2. Cut across the corners to turn it into an octagon (an eight sided shape).
  3. Cut a small hole near the edge of each side.
  4. Attach 8 pieces of string of the same length to each of the holes.
  5. Use sticky tape or tie the pieces of string to the object you are using as a weight.
  6. Use a chair or find a high spot to drop your parachute and test how well it worked, remember that you want it to drop as slow as possible (you could use a timer to record how slowly or quickly it falls).

Why not try testing a different material or making the parachute bigger or smaller and discover what happens to the speed it falls to the ground.


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“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”

John 10:10

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