Cleadon Church of England Academy

Flourishing together as one

Science in School

British Science Week

This week is British Science Week and all the children have been exploring the theme of 'Time'. All around school there have been investigations about life cycles, methods of time keeping, reaction times, evolution and much more! Look out for all the fantastic learning our budding scientists have been doing throughout the week.

Year 2 have been having lots of fun during science week, investigating ‘Time’. We have estimated and counted how many star jumps we can do in one minute, how many times we can write our name in one minute, how long it takes us to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice and how long it takes for us to complete two laps of the yard!
We have also carried out an investigation, creating our own pendulums and finding out if a longer or shorter string affects how long it takes for the pendulum to stop. We timed the pendulum at different lengths, ensuring we carried out a fair test.

Our Key Principals

As part of our journey towards achieving the Primary Science Quality Mark, we have developed our key principles for teaching science.  We are now excited to share this with the whole academy community. These link to our school values and remind us to provide lessons and opportunities that stretch beyond the standard National Curriculum and develop the science capital of every pupil.  


Autumn STEM Activities

 Take inspiration from the arrival of autumn! These STREAM activities can be completed by all members of the family, with children taking the lead, using resources found in the home. We’d love to hear how you’re using the activities and see who gets involved! Please send your photos, comments or designs to with the subject ‘STREAM activities

Year 4 Circuit Investigation

Year 4 had great fun building circuits. They tested a range of materials to see if they were conductors or insulators.

Science Week

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that. In school each year group will choose their own investigation theme from the suggested activities. During our science investigations we will follow the scientific method.

Kids' Songs about the Scientific Method – Inventors of Tomorrow

This year the theme for Science Week is ‘growth’. Our first whole school investigation is.......

                        Is it true that the older you are, the bigger your hands are?

Using the scientific method each year group has predicted the answer to this question, formed a hypothesis, gathered information and recorded their results.

Whole School Experiment

Egg Drop Experiment

Year 6 have been investigating how best to protect an egg if it falls.  They tested different materials in a range of different ways to find which would keep their precious cargo safe.  Lots of great thinking and lots of fun!

Our Chicks
As the theme for this year is Growth we have been extremely lucky to have had some eggs delivered which we are going to be caring for and watching them hatch into chicks. Our chick egg-spert Colin visited each class with some live chickens to talk to the children about the care that our chicks will need to grow big and strong. The children loved interacting with the hens and cannot wait for our eggs to hatch!

Year 2 Science Ambassadors

Cell Detectives

Today, Year 5 and 6 had two special visitors from Newcastle University - the Cell Detectives! There was great excitement as the children were able to take a very close look at everyday items using specialist microscopes.  They then got to make their own working microscopes...using Lego! 

Year 6 Science Ambassadors

Year 3 Plant Growth

In Year 3 we have been learning about how plants grow. We have set up and investigation to find out what are the best conditions for plants to grow in. We will observe our plants in the coming days and weeks to see how their living conditions have effected their growth.

Year 2 Walking Rainbow

The children in Year 2 learned all about a scientific process called the capillary action. This action happens when a liquid moves up through a hollow tube or into a spongy, solid material. In this experiment the fibres in kitchen roll have lots  of little holes. Water is absorbed through the kitchen roll because when the first water molecule adheres to it and begins to move upward, it pulls the next water molecule up with it, like a chain. 


Year 5 Science Ambassadors

Parts of a Flower

In Year 3 we have been investigating plants, flowers and growth. We have been exploring the conditions needed for plants to grow setting up an investigation. We have also looked at the parts of plants, dissecting a daffodil.

Year 3 Science Ambassadors
Reception Science Week!
Reception have had great fun this week learning about how plants grow, they have all planted their own seeds, watered them and are now watching them patiently to see who's the first to sprout.

Year 1 Science Ambassadors